«WE DEVELOP PLAYERS FOR THE NEXT LEVEL OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME»
WHAT IS NESA FC ACADEMY?
NESA FC Academy is the most comprehensive development program for ages 5-12 in the country and is structured to facilitate advancement of our students to the next level of play. NESA FC Academy is a leading “FEEDER” program for premier soccer clubs in New England, United States Soccer Federation Academy Program, and Olympic Development Program. The core principles of our program are based on youth development philosophies of the finest European soccer clubs, with a mix of South America’s technical development and Eastern European cross training approach. Many teams have a great understanding of the game in one specific area or another, that is why NESA FC Academy learns and observes from different teams from different parts of the world.
Our primary goal is for the player to fall in love with a beautiful game. We achieve that by creating what we call age appropriate “Challenging Fun.” Challenging fun means that during every training session, it is a coaching staff’s responsibility to provide players with a challenging environment, while having fun. We believe that the concept of “Challenging Fun” is the best foundation for learning any subject matter including academics, music, and sports.
VIDEO PROGRESS REPORTS (VPR)
VPR is a new experiment at NESA. Majority of NESA FC Academy training session will be videotaped from multiple angles. Parents and Players will receive bi-monthly 3-5 min. video progress reports with commentary by Henry Shterenberg. We believe this is a great tool for parents/relatives/friends to see how the player is progressing and for them to have memories for life. For the player it is a great learning tool as well as part of his/her development as a player and individual. There is no additional charge for this service for NESA FC Academy families (expected monthly cost of this service is $50).
Cross training is considered to be one of the most important elements in athlete’s development at any level. During the forming years, we believe it is critical for long-term success. Unfortunately, lack of facilities, expert coaches in other disciplines, logistics, and financial burden makes it practically impossible for other programs to provide this element in child’s development. NESA FC Academy is fortunate to be part of New England Sports Academy as its home base. NESA provides over 30 different sports available at NESA.
The following sports will be incorporated into NESA FC Academy regular training – Gymnastics, Parkour, Basketball, Swimming, Judo, Tennis and Yoga. Sports will be rotated every six months.
So, regular week of training might look as follow:
SUNDAY MORNING “STREET SOCCER”
Sunday morning “Street Soccer” will be every Sunday from 9AM to 11AM, NESA FC Academy will host pick up soccer at NESA. There is no coaches or referees. Anyone can join, including players who are not part of NESA FC Academy. This is optional for all NESA FC Academy players, but highly recommended. The game is the best teacher!
We view competitions as integral part of player’s development, as our athletes are extremely competitive in their teenage years as a result of competitive nature of every training session. We do not concern ourselves with wins and losses, we focus on learning from the game! Furthermore, we encourage our players to experience different positions, so that each player, over time, develops an appreciation and understanding of every position on the field.
KEY PLAYER DEVELOPMENTAL PRINCIPLe OF NESA FC ACADEMY
All training curriculum is designed on General to Specific principles. Example: training to dribble (general); training to dribble to split two defenders ( specific).
All training curriculum is designed on Simple to Complex principle. Example: Playing 1 vs. 1 (simple); Playing 11 vs 11 (complex).
Everything must relate to a game. Example: There are no running laps in the game, so we do not do it.
All activities must be “Challenging Fun”. In other words, every player at every practice must be challenged while they have fun.
NESA FC Academy only accepts 6-8 year old girls and boys into the program. Exception to age requirement can be made in special circumstances. Acceptance of a player into the program DOES NOT guarantee his/her spot beyond 60 days.
10-month program – Program starts right after Labor Day in September and goes through June of the following year.
NUMBER OF ATHLETES
We have NO minimum number of players. The maximum number of player we reach is 72, 36 boys and 36 girls. All players will be broken up into 4 groups of maximum of 18 players – Revolution, Breakers, Galaxy, & Spirit. The groups are based on age, gender, and abilities. Please note, as players develop, coaching staff may move players from one group to the other.
Summer camps will take place during last 2 weeks in August, more details of dates and times to come.
Provided by NESA FC Academy: two T-shirts of different colors, cleats bag, black shorts, sweatshirt and hat. Available to purchase: warm up suit, rain jacket and more.
- It is impossible, nor is it prudent, to try to identify next Lionel Messi or Mia Hamm at a young age. Therefore, we focus on selecting players who are passionate about the game, have supporting parents, and are willing to work hard while having fun.
- In order to maintain quality of the program the space is limited. NESA FC Academy will only accept up to 36 girls & 36 boys between ages of 6 and 8. All players will be broken up into 4 groups of maximum of 18 players – Revolution, Breakers, Galaxy & Spirit. The groups are based on age, gender and abilities. Please note, as players develop, coaching staff may move players from one group to the other.
- To be selected into the program player must attend one month of training sessions. We DO NOT believe in tryouts. Instead each player who is interested in the program is invited to train with a team over a period of 30 days. It gives time for players, coaches, and parents to make the best decision for the child. We approach the player selection process as a 3 way partnership – we evaluate if a player has a potential and passion for the game, we make sure that the player is eager to learn and passionate about the game, and we make sure that parents/players can make a commitment to be part of the most advanced program in the country.
- When the player is selected to become a member of the NESA FC Academy, he/she becomes a permanent member of the Academy and part of NESA FC family.
TRAINING SESSION STRUCTURE
Each training session will last 60 to 75 min. All training session will have 4 elements: Warm Up; Main Activity; Small Sided Games; and Cool Down Activity.
Program will cost $230 per month per player. 30 days 100% Money Back guarantee.
- Two soccer session per week indoor and outdoor
- Two cross training session per week
- “Street Soccer” on Sunday mornings
- Two T-shirts of different color; cleats bag; black shorts; sweatshirt and hat
- Monthly Video Progress Reports
This comes to annual cost of the program per player to $2500 for a 10-month program. Rather than enrolling in each program separately (which you will expect to pay $100+ more), one can compare this program bundle to the price of the others at ease.. Further, price per hour with the program, with minimum of 4 hour per week of training, would come out to be $12.50 per hour. Price per hour drops even further if one considers “Street Soccer” on Sundays.
Note: NESA LLC Life Time Registration fee of $100 must be paid by all new NESA customers. Financial Aid available upon request and approval of NESA LLC.
LOCATION AND FACILITIES
Majority of the indoor and outdoor training will be conducted at NESA at 345 University Ave. Westwood, MA. On occasion, NESA FC Academy will utilize facilities of Dedham Health & Athletic Complex, Curry College and other NESA partners.
AGE SPECIFIC TRAINING APPROACH
Age Group – 5 & 6 years of age
With 5 & 6 year olds the primary focus is not on any specific technique, but on touches on the ball. All activities are designed for player to consistently touch the ball in different environments. At this age attention span is very short, so NESA FC Academy coaching staff changes activities every couple of minutes.
There is no tactical training with this age group. Most of the games focus on development of individual skill in a 1 vs 1 environment. As players develop technically, 2 vs 1 and 2 vs 2 game set-ups will be introduced to the players.
At this age we recommend all players to participate in gymnastics at least once per week. Regardless of what players will do later in life, gymnastic will develop strength, coordination, and flexibility.
Our aim is for kids to fall in love with the beautiful game. Therefore, all activities must be fun and enjoyable.
Size 5 soccer ball, shin pads, soccer cleats, back pack/cleats bag, 2 practice t-shirts (blue and white) provided by NESA FC Academy
We highly recommend for all the players to spend at least 20-30 min per day playing with the ball. It is highly desirable for parent or sibling to: play one on one with player, kick the ball against the wall, play keep-away from each other, or just passing the ball to each other. In other words, we want the player to see that members of their family or friends enjoy the game as well. Further we recommend that all players participate in their town recreational programs
Age Group – 7 & 8 years of age
With 7 & 8 years old we continue to focus on basic technical development. At this stage we start working on specific moves such as juggling, changing directions, passing and receiving, and competing against other players
Players become more aware of others at this age. We start introducing students to 2 vs. 2, 3 vs. 3, and 4 vs. 4 environments. Further, we start focusing on moving the ball by passing (alternative option to dribbling) to teammates in order to get through opposition. To facilitate the process, we design games with number ups 3 vs 1; 4 vs 2; etc.
At this age we recommend all players to participate in gymnastics at least once per week. In addition, players will be introduced to soccer specific fitness during training sessions.
Fun still rules the day at this stage. At the same time training session will become much more organized. Coaches will demand discipline and attention from all players.
Size 5 soccer ball, shin pads, soccer cleats, back pack, 2 practice t-shirts (blue and white)
Ideally we want players to start expressing NEED to go and play. We recommend as much as possible pick up games in the backyard or neighborhood. Further, each player should start spending 20-30min per day playing with the ball on his or her own. Parents or siblings are encouraged to play an assistant role. For example, player takes shots – mom is the goalie.
Age Group – 9 & 10 years of age
We continue to focus on technique. Now we introduce more advanced technical environment: we add speed and pressure. Higher level technical elements of the game are introduced to the player such as, volleys, half volleys, heading, trapping the ball out of the air, passing the ball in the air, ect.
In addition to higher numbers, we now start focusing on player’s decision making. We start asking players questions. For example: Why did you make the decision to pass/shoot/dribble in this situation instead of …? Was there other alternatives? Did you see your teammate being open? Did you see another defender beyond the one facing you? In other words, we get the player to start thinking about their decisions on the field.
More strenuous soccer specific training is introduced. Customized fitness soccer specific programs that are designed for this age group will be provided. We highly recommend for all players in the program take part on weekly basis.
Here we want to see player become more competitive and more aggressive. We want each player to develop confidence in his/her abilities. We want each player to start to believe in themselves and develop strong work ethics. Additionally, we start stressing sportsmanship and respect for others.
Size 5 soccer ball, shin pads, soccer cleats, back pack, 2 practice t-shirts (blue and white)
Player must juggle the ball about 500 times per day using all parts of their body on their own. We DO NOT recommend for NESA FC Academy players to participate in Town Soccer. NESA FC Academy will provide up to 25 game opportunities per year against different levels of competition.
Age Group – 11 & 12 years of age
At this stage we start focusing on technique with a game-like environment. Further, we are focusing more on nuances of the technical part of the game, with relation to the decision making part. For example: after getting a pass, turn and beat an opponent with first touch or body, depending on where the ball is coming from, where my teammates/opponents are on the field, etc.
Because the game is getting more complex, tactical skills are more encouraged onto the players through practice with real game risks. With an increase of numbers, comes increase of the number of possibilities player must consider, which include options and solutions. Here we start introducing specific tactical formation in 11 vs. 11 game. Communication becomes critical at this stage.
Players are expected to start working on endurance, agility, and upper body strength. Fitness training is part of every session and is an additional requirement for player outside regularly schedule training sessions.
At this point we must prepare player not only for competition against other team but also for competition within a team. Each player must be psychologically prepared to “battle” in practice against teammate/friend for a starting sport on the team, be able to leave it all on the field after session and enjoy pizza with the same person 30 min. after practice. We teach players to separate social interaction from highly competitive environment during practices.
Size 5 soccer ball; shin pads; soccer cleats; back pack, 2 practice t-shirts ( blue and white)
Training session moving away from individual development to team training. Therefore, players are encouraged to spend individual time on the ball developing their skill. At this age, players serious about the game must become single sport athletes. NESA FC Academy will provide up to 25 game opportunities per year against town travel teams and soccer clubs.