Carmel FC Academy
The Future of Carmel Soccer
Carmel FC Academy is the first step for young
players to participate in Select Soccer. Derived from international models, our
Academy focuses on individual player development via structured
training, practices and healthy competition. It provides a low pressure
supportive family atmosphere that keeps soccer fun for our players. The
program is structured to provide a gradual path from recreational soccer to
full travel soccer.
Practice and Training
Players practice a minimum twice a week from 75 minutes to 90 minutes a session during the season. Practices and teams are led by volunteer US Soccer licensed coaches. The practice sessions are designed by our Academy Directors with a focus on all basic technical components of play. As the player progresses through age groups the training becomes more advanced.
Optional Summer and Winter Training outdoors is provided. The Director of Coaching, Academy Directors and other club coaches will guest coach players from time to time.
All age groups will have league play with a minimum 8 games in the fall and 8 games in the spring. League play is different for each age group. Ideally the youngest players at 8U play in a low pressure environment against other Carmel FC Academy teams of the same age. This provides them a comfortable introduction to competitive soccer and keeps the league games at a Carmel fields.
The older age groups progress to a more traditional travel model. At 9U teams play a mix of Carmel FC teams and other local clubs. At 10U teams will be playing other clubs regularly.
All age groups will play two tournaments in the fall and two in the spring. This adds an additional 6 games a season per team. It also acts as an introduction for the younger teams to play other clubs. The tournaments will all be in central Indiana.
Academy players do not “try out”. They are evaluated. When the player goes through an evaluation
process coaches are looking for the following:
1. Focus and Interest – Does the player want to play
soccer? Does the player follow
instruction? Is the player a distraction
to other players?
2. Basic physical ability – Does the player have good
balance? Can the player run
comfortably? Does the player have
hand/foot eye coordination.
3. Ability to learn – Can the player be coached? Will the player replicate what is asked of
4. Social Ability – Is the player friendly with others? Is the player physical with others? Will the
player be a team player?
5. Commitment – Carmel FC allows players to play other
sports but expects players to prioritize soccer in the fall and spring. Players that choose not to make that
commitment may not be placed in the academy or be placed on their appropriate
6. Parent Responsibility – Will the parent make sure the
player comes to practice and games prepared?
Will the parents allow the player and team to develop and learn without
pressure of false success (like scoring a lot of goals or winning a lot of
Assuming a player can meet the expectations above they will
be placed in the academy program. If
they show significant issues in one of these areas during evaluations they may
not be placed during the current year.