U8 Future Squad

Our U8 (Born 2012) Future Squad is a pre Junior Academy team. They work under the guidance of the Junior Academy Director (U9-U12) but have an adapted training schedule and syllabus. Entry to the team is via trials. The team train twice per week under a qualified coach.

Trial Dates / Registration

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Our first trial opportunity is:

- Tuesday, 17 September 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm


Our second trial opportunity is:

- Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 & 2 October 9 am - 11:30 pm


TO ATTEND/REGISTER INTEREST IN A TRIAL CLICK HERE

How to develop

How do you raise the national standard of players graduating to play for the Socceroo’s or the Brisbane Roar?

The key is to start young and ensure the base of the skill pyramid is learned well. It’s very hard to adjust or fix techniques learned poorly in junior football, therefore it is imperative that skills are learned and developed in the right environment.

U8 - U12 is part of the so called ‘golden age of motor learning’. In this period before entering the growing spurt that goes hand in hand with puberty, children are well balanced and coordinated. This makes them very adaptive to developing motor skills (techniques) especially since this also is the brain’s key development period. 

In no other development phase in life will motor learning happen faster than here. As a logical consequence of the above it makes sense that we make optimal use of this period to lay a sustainable technical foundation. Therefore it’s extremely important that we have qualified professional coaches working with players showing promise at those age categories.

The Academy Program has been put in place at Virginia United FC to help guide player development. The U8 Future Squad aims to ensure that the overriding focus is still on fun. We use some hidden learning along with specially adapted sessions from the U9-U12 Junior Academy to develop the players core skills.

Who is the program suitable for?

The Future Squad is available is only available for the U8 age category (Born 2012). We have a separate Talent Support Program for the U7 promising players, the Junior Academy for U9, U10, U11, U12 players & the Youth Academy for U13 - U16 age category. The Future Squad play up in the U9 graded local competition (this maybe Goanna, Komodo or Cross-River).
 
Playing in the U8 Future Squad at Virginia provides an environment to develop FFA target cores skills set out in the National Curriculum.
 
Players interested in joining the Future Squad should contact Academy Director Dan Medhurst (academydirector@virginiaunitedfc.com.au). Players are selected through trials held in September and in early October. 

Players should trial for the program if:
  • They consistently show above average football abilities on a consistent basis in games and training.
  • Are able to commit to two training sessions per week
  • Are willing to listen and learn in the training environment.
  • Have an interest in developing and being placed in a challenging environment.
Please note that this program is not beneficial for all players. Please consider the above points before registering your child for a trial.
 
The Future Squad only take 10 players per season.
 
Any players deemed not quite ready will be placed in one of the clubs many age group teams. 

Cost

Players are asked to pay an additional fee on top of their regular registration fee. This purely covers the coach assigned to the team. Parents are made aware of the cost in advance and are estimated to be around $275 for the 2020 season. 
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