About the SFEA Junior Program
The San Francisco Elite Academy is adding a Junior Program in order to better serve our families with soccer play at younger ages. For 2019-2020, SFEA will form teams (based on a team formation event) as young as U8 (or for boys or girls born in 2012).
These teams will play in either SFYSL or Norcal, and they will be afforded high-quality coaching, dedicated technical and athletic development training, as well as an optional winter program.
The fundamental goals of the Junior Competitive Program is to provide a high-quality introduction to competitive soccer where winning isn't emphasized but rather learning good technique, developing early awareness of tactical concepts, and enhancing general athleticism along with soccer-specific coordinations.
At the core of the program is having fun and building a love of the game.
Our Junior Competitive Program:
WHY CHOOSE SFEA's JUNIOR SOCCER PROGRAM?
GUEST PLAYING AND PLAYING UP
All SFEA teams competing in the NorCal league are free to guest on other NorCal teams within the club subject to age restrictions. Our guest policy is to sometimes allow players extra opportunities to get game experience. Players who are excelling at their current level will have the opportunity to play at a higher level or age group in order to service their soccer development needs. In other instances, guest playing may sometime be offered to cover roster spots when an older team has players unavailable and/or injured.
Our soccer programs are both developmentally-oriented and competitive in nature (something that increases with age). As such, playing time is an important component of our junior program. All match-rostered players present are expected to play, and the goal is to provide each player an approximate minimum of 33% match time. Exact playing time is always affected by a number of factors, including, but not limited to, roster size, training attendance, adherence to team and club rules, as well as a player's demeanor during a game (e.g., a player removed for rough play or "cautioned" may remain out of a match if they have not calmed down).