Academy Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Academy Program will provide a player-centered Developmental program that focuses on creating a nurturing, educational soccer environment.


  • Provide appropriate competition
  • Provide appropriate training to game ratio
  • Encourage creative freedom in training & in games
  • Create free player movement within age groups to ensure the top players can play up and be challenged
  • Reduce fear of failure by eliminating the pressure of winning games with more emphasis  on individual player development
  • Eliminate labeling players at such a young age by creating player pools instead of assigning them to “A”, “B” & “C” teams with the goal of developing a larger pool of talented players at the u8 and u9 age groups
  • Appropriate travel to play time ratio


  • Clubs will participate in one game per week
  • Game formats will be 7 v 7
  • Emphasis on players making decisions on the field by coaches limiting their coaching points to natural stoppages & ensuring the players learn to solve some problems on their own
  • Emphasis on keeping the games flowing by limiting number of time substitutions are made
  • Emphasis on setting technical goals to measure success, no scores/standings

FC Brandywine U8 Academy Program

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A Player Focused Approach to Youth Soccer… “Emphasis is development over winning.  Winning is important, it’s a soccer game and you play to win, but the most important part in youth especially at the younger ages is to have coaches understand and focus on development and on teaching and not the weekend game.” – Claudio…

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