Boys & Girls 2023/2024 Academy Age Groups
Age 7U - Birth Year = 2017
Age 8U - Birth Year = 2016
Age 9U - Birth Year = 2015
7U, 8U, 9U - Shin guards, cleats, socks, size 4 soccer ball, water bottle, ESA Nike Uniform kit to be purchased prior to season.
Players that have prior soccer experience and are looking for a more competitive environment to develop their skills. Our Academy teams include players that have shown a strong commitment to the game of soccer and always come to practice ready to learn.
Recreational soccer is primarily focused on having fun with a very limited commitment. The Academy is the transition to competitive soccer and prepares players for that transition. Higher expectations and a competitive environment are all included in this program. Players are expected to commit to playing in the fall and spring seasons. Teams may also engage in some optional winter play.
The registration fee is $130 for the season. The deadline for the spring season is February 15th. The deadline for the fall season is June 30th. Registrations after the deadlines incur late fees. Uniforms are an additional cost.
Our programs are already offered at a discounted price due to the many generous sponsors in the Enfield area that help subsidize the costs. Some of the surrounding town soccer organizations within Connecticut are currently charging around $200 a season for their recreational programs and $300 for their academy/competitive/high school programs. We do want to help, though. If a family has 3 or more children enrolled within our recreational/academy/competitive/high school programs, we will refund $30 back to the family. We wish we could do more, but it’s the best we can do with our current fee structure. For the $30 refund, a request needs to be made to our Registrar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The refund will be applied after the full registration fee has been received.
A lot of preparation and planning goes into planning a successful season. We rely on several individuals who work year-round. We have to submit our teams into leagues well before the season begins. Our late fees are used to motivate parents to register timely as we cannot create additional teams after the league deadlines.
- Prior to the spring registration deadline of February 15th or the fall registration deadline of August 15th. – 100% refund allowed
- After the registration deadline but prior to the first practice. – 50% refund allowed
- Once practices begin, no refunds will be allowed.
- Players that register late and aren’t able to be placed on teams will receive a 100% refund of the $130 registration fee but will forfeit the late fee as an administrative fee. There is also the option to roll the registration fee over to the next season.
Parents must upload a current color picture of their child during registration. If your child has never played academy or competitive soccer, you must also upload your child's birth certificate. Our registration system will show if you need to upload one or not. A picture and birth certificate are requirements of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA).
No. Players should have prior soccer experience before joining the Academy.
Each seasonal year (fall/spring), individuals apply to be head coaches for a one-year term. The head coaches are then elected by our ESA Coaching Directors with approval from the President. Most head coaches are volunteers who invest a considerable amount of time and effort into their teams. Head Coaches are expected to attend regular coaches training offered by ESA as well as national licensing courses. Head Coaches select their assistant coaches and team managers. The ESA Director of Coaching oversees all coaches.
For the spring, the academy season begins in early April and concludes in mid-June. For the fall, the academy season begins in early September and concludes in mid-November.
Academy teams practice twice per week in the evenings.
The coaches set practice days at the academy age groups, considering field availability.
Games are typically played on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also a potential for a couple of weeknight games each season.
Committed academy players can expect to get at least 50% play time during games. The amount of playing time received by a player is based on several factors. Our coaches have team meetings at the beginning of each season and can address this subject more in-depth before the season begins.
Yes! If players wish to play other sports in addition to academy soccer, they can. Many children will play two sports during the same season. However, players who wish to play at a more competitive soccer level should seriously consider their interest in playing other sports during the soccer season.
No. Just because a player is offered more playing time with a recreational team doesn’t make it a good thing. Players can learn bad habits, and the teachings offered to different levels of play often vary significantly.