Academy Open House

Interested in Academy

Updated 7/29/20

If you missed Fairhope Academy Open House and are interested in our program, please contact Sara Wade, Academy Registrar and/or Matt Miller, Academy Director

Team Formation

Updated 8/5/2020

Fairhope Soccer Club believes in long-term player development. In order to see the benefits of player development, we must invest time and patience in the process. Our club believes in a grassroots approach to youth player development.


We stress technical development at all of our young ages. We want our players, from the youngest of ages, to begin enjoying soccer through confidence on the ball.


Before any game tactics are ever introduced, we want a passion for mastery of the ball to be imbedded in our players’ hearts. We encourage creativity, challenges, mistakes, and constant adaptation. We believe our coaches should be “hands off” during games.


We expect coaches, players, and spectators to be positive always, constructive when necessary, and, mostly, to find enjoyment in the game no matter the line score at the end. We understand that the process of developing youth players for the game of the future is a long, slow journey and we must exhibit patience and best practices in order to keep our youth playing and performing at levels of maximum enjoyment and growth.


It is proven that the "tryout process" at such a young age causes unnecessary stress on the player and parent. We also find that it contradicts the stance of long-term player development. If we are holding tryouts every 4-5 months, we are clearly not showing time or patience in the development process.


In lieu of "traditional soccer tryouts", we offer Academy Open House, a no-pressure event for all new and returning players.  This allows the club and coaching staff to review our teams and players and make any necessary adjustments so that each player is placed in the best team environment to maximize player development & enjoyment. 


This is also the opportunity for new players to join the club and/or participate on the Academy teams.  It is important that everyone attends Open House so that new players can be observed and mixed in with returning players.  It also provides a new coach an opportunity to have valuable input. 

Our open house events occur in May/June for Fall season and January/February for Spring season. 

Player Placement Process

Fairhope Soccer Club strives to place players in the best environment for individual player development and competitive/committment levels.  Fairhope Academy is an "invite to play" soccer program.  Our Director of Coaching and coaching staff assess each player to ensure success in the Academy program. 

All new and returning players will be contacted via email no later than 5-7 days after Open House. Please be prepared to make a decision to accept or decline upon notification as it may affect other players and team formations.  If your player has not been contacted after our Open House email timeline, please email Sara Wade, Academy Registrar.