What is Fairhope Academy?

Our Academy Program is available to the keen and eager young soccer player that may express an early interest in the game. We encourage any player that seeks higher level of training and competition to join our academy. It is the job of our highly qualified and licensed coaches 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.

The Academy Program serves as a bridge between the Recreational and Club/Travel (Gulf Coast Rangers FC for U13-U19 aged players)  The Academy 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 ages are from 9 & under--12 & under for both Boys and Girls

  • Player Tryouts are held for placement of player’s ability and best interest. 

  • Teams are formed following player tryouts. 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 Director of Coaching and fully 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 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.  

If you have any questions regarding our Fairhope Academy program, please feel free to contact Nick Cooper, Director of Coaching &/or Josh Montgomery, FSC Academy Development Director at any time.