Youth Academy

The Denver Kickers Sports Club
est. 1962


What's an academy?

In the US, the word academy is not associated with soccer.  So, what does academy mean?  According to the Collins Contemporary Dictionary, one definition of academy is "a place of education or specialized training."  The Denver Kickers has taken this meaning to heart.  And, drawing on its European roots, the Denver Kickers Sports Club promises to strive in providing to be "a place of education or specialized training" in soccer.

An Academy is a concept; it requires and demands more than just a set of tangibles like facilities and people.  Here again, the Denver Kickers relies on its European tradition to set the notion of a club rather than the notion of a franchise- a club whose purpose is to serve rather than to make money.

     The Youth Academy shall adhere to the Denver Kickers' European tradition and philosophy, while working with German and English affiliates, and the US Soccer Federation.

     The Youth Academy shall maintain competitive teams both in the boys and the girls.  They shall be comprised of the following ages: U-11, U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18.  U-19 and U-20 teams may join squads, if there is a regional league for them.

     A DOC (Director of Coaching) shall oversee the development and progress of the coaching staff and the players.  He/She will be the practitioner of methodology.

     -A head-coach shall lead developmental phase U-11 to U-15, and another head-coach shall lead the mature phase U-16 to U-18.

     A team coach and assistant/s shall be appointed to each team.

     Administration and support of the following:
  • Technical- coaching  (training and certification)
  • Sports Science- Psychology, Physiology, and Player Analysis
  • Helping solve players' personal problems
  • Providing and using the appropriate developmental equipment and resources
     Based on the Academy's philosophy, a set curriculum will guide the coaches of each age levels.   The Academy shall:
  • Educate and work with coaches so that they know the standard and expectation of each age group
  • Help coaches with a framework so they can make decisions and be flexible about the needs of their own specific team
  • Institute a coaching philosophy that encourages consistency