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Academy Soccer

"At the Liverpool International Academy America our mission is provide an environment where players can develop an intrinsic awareness of their own skill level and strive to push themselves as an individual.  We believe that a player’s self-awareness coupled with professional training is the perfect environment to prepare players for a higher level of soccer once they graduate from the Academy program."

The Academy program is a player development based program where players of all abilities are invited to join. Academy players attend practice twice a week under the instruction of an LFCIA Western Maryland professional coach. Players are developed through the Academy program according to the famous Liverpool FC International Academy Curriculum.

This is a ten month program with training beginning in August and ending in May. The program has a Christmas break at the end of December and starts back up at the end of January, when you sign up for our Academy program you are expected to commit to the entire year and practice twice a week. Registration is open year round so as to allow seasonal participation. There is an opportunity to join in after the Fall season in January during Spring sign up.

Ideals

  • Provide players with a high standard of coaching.
  • Educate players and parents about the concept and importance of player development.
  • Set a fun, safe and educational environment where players can be placed onto select teams post-academy.
  • Lay the building blocks for players learn the fundamental and technical skills to take to the next level.

Curriculum

The curriculum has been developed by the Liverpool International Academy America and is based on the current US Soccer Federation guidelines with the objective of preparing Academy athletes for play on LFCIA Western Maryland select teams and competitions.

Coaching

Academy players practice twice a week with their assigned group/team with a professionally licensed Liverpool FCIA Western Maryland coach. All LFCIA Western Maryland staff are required to plan sessions according to the Liverpool International Academy Curriculum with a focus on individual player development.

Teams and Games

Players are placed into teams based on the player’s current skill level regardless of their age.  The teams are formed at the beginning of the season, practice twice a week, and play in the nearest Academy league on the weekends (typically 8 games in the Fall and 8 games in the Spring).

  • During each game only the coach and manager are allowed on the sideline with the players.
  • Coaches are allowed to enter the field during a stoppage to teach the players in the flow of the game.
  • Games are designed to create a learning environment where players can express themselves without the focus of winning.

Success

We measure success in many ways here at Liverpool FC International Academy Western Maryland

  1. The education of both players and parents within the Academy program.
  2. Improvement in the level of play of each child.
  3. The number of players who progress on to our select teams after the Academy program.
  4. The development of a player’s passion and enjoyment for the game of soccer.