Frequently Asked Questions about our Player Development Academy

Here you will find information on our Player Development Academy (PDA or Academy.) We hope this helps answer some of your questions.

Should you have more please feel free to reach out to our Academy Director Rich Regnier at rich@enfieldsoccer.com.

Q: What is the ESA Player Development Academy (PDA)?

A: The PDA is a competitive program of instructional training that helps 7, 8, and 9-year-old players reach their maximum potential. It is a bridge that helps players transition from recreational to competitive soccer.

A primary focus of the PDA is to develop players to their greatest potential through providing top-quality instruction and exposure to high levels of competition. The curriculum for this program is based on having the players get lots of touches on the ball while learning basic foot skills. The players will also learn the fundamentals of soccer, such as, positioning, rules, and playing as a team.

Q: How often are practices?

A:  The PDA teams practice twice a week in Enfield.  Practice length and times are dependent on the coach.

Q: Where are the games located?

A:  The PDA U-8 Boys and Girls teams play ALL their games at the ROOTS Soccer Facility in Westfield,
MA on 181 Root Road, Westfield, MA 01085. This is roughly 25 minutes from Enfield.  Information about the facility can be found at their website ROOTS Athletic Center.

The PDA U-9 Boys teams travel to local Massachusetts towns such as Ludlow, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Agawam, Westfield, Southwick, etc. Half of the games will be considered “home” games right here in Enfield. The other half will be “away” games. All league games for U-8 & U-9 are played on Saturdays. There is a total of 8 league games every season.

Q: What are the age ranges for the PDA?

A: For the Fall of 2023, we welcome the following age range of players.

Girls born between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2017.

Boys born between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2017.

Q: Is the PDA co-ed teams like Rec Soccer?

A:  No, we offer separate boys and girls teams.

Q: What is the difference between the Competitive PDA and Recretional Soccer that we are used to?

A: The PDA plays under the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) in the Roots Soccer League (RSL) and under the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) in the North Central Division.  The Roots games are on Saturdays, while the CJSA games are on Sundays. 

These are competitive leagues with multiple teams from Western Mass and Central Connecticut. This gives our players a very diverse group of competitors to play against.

Games are structured in quick 15 min thirds to allow coaches to give their players extra guidance, and the referee is a "mentor" helping teach the game's laws.

For additional info about the RLS, please click here:  Roots Soccer League.

Q: Does my child have to tryout for the PDA?

A: No, there are no tryouts for the Player Development Academy, we welcome all players.

Q: My child has other activities other then soccer. Are they allowed to play in both the PDA and there other sports?

A: Yes. We encourage players to participate in multiple sports and activities to find out what they enjoy best. We understand soccer may interfere with other sports and activities. Coaches will do their best to schedule practices ahead of time. However, they can't always meet every family’s schedule. With that said, there is an expectation that each player makes as many team activities as possible.

Q: How much does the PDA cost?

A: The cost is just $130.00 per season. Uniform costs are additional.

Q: When should I register?

A: As soon as possible. Registration is now open for the Fall 2023 season.  Registration is closing on June 30, 2023.  In order to guarantee a spot, please don’t delay in registering your child on our website by clicking this link - Register Now!

Q: I have an additional questions. Where can I get more information about the ESA PDA?

A: Please contact our Academy Director, Rich Regnier, at rich@enfieldsoccer.com.