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Ellicott City Soccer Club's U8 Academy will:

  • Identify and develop future CiTY travel players.
    • Create a positive, learning environment for players and families.
    • Focus on Individual Skill Development, Ball Mastery, Agility, Balance and Coordination.
    • Introduce players and families to the rhythm and demands of travel soccer without the pressure.
    • Help players develop a passion for the game!

 Carmen JulianoJen Smithson


Click below for additional U8 Academy information:

U8 Academy Fees

Contact Carmen Juliano at [email protected] for more information.

U8 Academy 2019/20

  • U8 Academy program will have 2 seasons - Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
  • Boys and Girls born in 2012 and 2013 are eligible
  • Structured training curriculum and activity calendar
  • 2 Practices per week run by CiTY Staff Coaches - Focus on Individual Skill Development and Ball Mastery
  • 6-8 small-sided (4v4) game dates per season
  • U8 Academy players will play 4v4 games in local leagues and/or against other local clubs in the fall and spring
  • Games will focus on player development and scores will not be kept
  • All players will receive a size 4 soccer ball included in the program fee
  • Winter U8 Program will be offered but separate from U8 Academy
  • CiTY U8 Academy Director - Carmen Juliano

U8 Academy uniforms are not included in the program fees.  All U8 Academy participants will receive a separate uniform ordering link through Angelo's Soccer Corner.  U8 Academy uniform includes 2 shirts, shorts, socks and a sack pack. Additional CiTY gear can be ordered separately.


Advantages of small sided games

  • Players get more touches on the ball.
  • Players make more soccer decisions.
  • Allows focus on age-appropriate technique and tactics.
  • Smaller field improves agility, coordination, and fitness.
  • Creates a challenging and fun, age-appropriate environment.
  • Easier communication between coaches and players.


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