What is Fairhope Academy?

Our Academy soccer program is available to the keen and eager young soccer player that may express an early interest in the game. We encourage any player who is ready to move from recreational soccer, seeking higher level of training and competition to join our academy. It is the job of our professional coaching staff to develop these young players into avid and enthusiastic soccer players. Success at these ages is not based on wins/ loses nor is it about competing at the highest level. The development of the individual player is the main priority.

Academy soccer is designed to support and assist the dedicated soccer player in increasing their technical soccer skills and abilities. Our philosophy is to provide age and developmentally appropriate training and instruction in an environment that encourages individual player growth and promotes the enjoyment, enthusiasm, camaraderie, and sportsmanship of the game. In the Academy age groups, the goal is to develop players and teach them the skills they will need to compete at higher soccer levels. The focus is not on team wins and losses, but upon the complete development of the individual player. 

  • Our Academy teams are U9, U10, U11 & U12 for both Boys & Girls

  • Open House no-pressure events for all returning and new players.  Open House dates are May-June for Fall season; January-February for Spring season

  • Fairhope Academy strives to place each individual player on the team that best benefits that player’s development. Each player’s ability develops at a different pace, especially between ages 8-12

  • Coaches are hired by the Academy Director and licensed.

  • Teams train twice a week and some have an optional third practice. Practice time range from 1hr-1.5hr.

  • Academy teams currently play in a play-date system. These games are played once or twice a month on a Saturday.

  • Teams are encouraged to join two--three tournaments per season. 

  • Commitment level is introduced at the Academy ages. In order to develop better soccer players at these ages we need both parents and players to encourage commitment, practice, and repetition for player improvement.  

For any questions related to our Academy program, contact Matt Miller, Academy Director

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