CVU's Futures and Academy programs are being revamped and refreshed for 2022! Technical staff have structured a new approach to the way our players will learn, compete, and develop. Our philosophy is developed around the technical, cognitive, and social development of our players.
The Academy serves as the transition from wanting to play soccer, to competing within our extensive travel program. This year, CVU Academy will be open to U8, U9, and U10 aged players and the registration cost has been reduced.
Our coaches will seek to educate players in developmentally appropriate curriculums over the 7 weeks of play. Players will gain a more in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of play and create their own pathway for success. Training will occur on Monday and Wednesday nights, with all games on Saturday mornings. CVU aims to teach the love for the game in a safe, competitive, and educational environment.
Central Virginia United's improved Futures program seeks to make soccer enjoyable for younger players that love the game. One night a week, U6 and U7 players will train in a structured environment that includes an introduction to technical skills and fun based activities that encapsulate an understanding of the game. Wednesday nights will serve as our training night and games will fall on Saturday mornings. With a lower price point, we seek to make soccer accessible for all.
Futures is $100 per season and Academy is $180 per season. Please note that there is a no refunds policy in effect upon the close of registration and start of the season.
Offered in both the Fall and Spring, the Futures program runs for 6 weeks and the Academy runs for 7 weeks. Male and female players may participate together in a co-ed setting, but a focus to provide girls only instruction will also occur. For the current season, players born in 2016 and 2015 are able to participate in the Futures and players born in 2014, 2013, and 2012 are eligible for the Academy program.
Academy for Spring 2022 will begin on March 14th, 2022. The Futures program will start on March 23rd, 2022.
Futures and Academy are overseen by CVU's Director of Player Development, Coach Simon French. The coaches are all nationally licensed through U.S. Soccer - the governing body of soccer in the United States - and follow CVU's Player Development Model.
Training sessions are held at the CVU Complex. The Academy program practices twice a week and the Futures program has once a week practice sessions. Players are expected to wear shinguards and cleats for each practice. They are also encouraged to bring their own soccer ball - size 3 ball for 5 year olds and size 4 ball for 6 to 9 year olds.
The Futures program will have in-house scrimmages and games every Saturday at the Complex at 9:00am. The Academy Program will have a mix of in-house games as well as a few out-of-house games against other clubs. In-house games for Academy are scheduled for Saturdays - U8,U9 from 9:00am - 10:00am and U10 from 10:00am - 11:00am - while details for out-of-house games will be released during the season as finalized.
Spring 2022 practices for Academy will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 7:15pm on Fields #2, 3 & 4. Futures practices will take place on Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 7:15pm on Field #1.
Games at the CVU Complex will be on Field #1 Saturday mornings: U6-U9 players from 9:00am - 10:00am. U10 players from 10:00am - 11:00am.