The FYSA Academy begins its fall season on September 9, 2017. Games are played on Saturdays and each team trains twice during the weekdays.
The FYSA Academy program is an in-town program for players from under-9 to 16. We use the term academy as it implies a certain training model that emphasizes individual development for all participants. Multiple teams train together during the week, mixing players of all abilities. Games are a cooperative effort of all coaches to play good soccer and improve technical and tactical skills for all players.
Typically, divisions are created based on age and gender. However to accommodate registration mix, divisions can be further divided. The typical divisions are:
- Master Coed - U13 + players combined, playing 8v8 (with an offside rule)
- Senior Coed - U11 and U12 players combined, playing 6v6(offside rule integrated when players are ready)
- Junior Boys - BU9 and BU10 players combined, playing 5v5
- Junior Girls - GU9 and GU10 players combined, playing 5v5
|Tom Goodman, Technical Director for MA Youth Soccer congratulates and applauds FYSA for creating the FYSA Academy program.|
- Details on Fall 2011 Expansion of Academy Model
- Letter from Tom Goodman
- Academy Program Supporting Documentation
- Nothing's more important than safety. The safety of the players is the number one priority. Players wearing equipment which is dangerous to other players or to themselves shall not be eligible to participate in any game. The Referee at the field has the final say on what may be dangerous equipment. If a player wants to get their ears pierced, please have them do so in the off-season at least 6 weeks before the next season starts. Players must be able to remove their earrings for games and practices; if they cannot be removed, then the child will not be allowed to play. The following is a summary of prohibited items, per rules from the Massachusetts State Referee Committee:
- Any rigid or semi-rigid cast or splint, regardless of padding. Note that joint braces or supports are generally acceptable; however if they have exposed hinges, buckles, buttons, zippers, etc. they may be considered dangerous and unacceptable by the referee
- Hair control devices of any material other than soft pliable plastic or rubber
- Earrings of any kind, including post earrings, regardless of coverings
- Jewelry of any sort
- Hats or other headgear
- We have a Zero Tolerance Policy and we enforce it. Not only is the FYSA Academy place to develop young players, it is also a place to train young referees. For many of them it will be their first experience running a game and they will make mistakes. However, it is important that the players learn to abide by the referee’s decisions and it is our job as adults to demonstrate good sporting behavior for our children.
The In-House Division has a Zero Tolerance Policy regarding interaction between coaches/spectators and the referees. Any violations of this policy will result in immediate ejection from the playing fields, and may result in further disciplinary action pending review by the FYSA Board of Directors. The terms of the Zero Tolerance Policy are as follows:
- No one, except the players, is to speak to the Referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed
- Absolutely no disputing calls during or after the game, and no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. No yelling at the referee ever, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game
- What is a visiting player and am I one? Quite simply, a visiting player is any player not scheduled to attend a particular training session. Anyone who signs up for the FYSA Academy automatically becomes one. Whether or not you take advantage of the resources that it affords you is entirely up to you.
- Is there required equipment? Yes, for both game and training plan on bringing: Soccer uniform (blue jersey [HOME], white jersey provided by coaches [AWAY], royal blue shorts and royal blue socks), Size 4 soccer ball, Soccer cleats, Soccer shin guards (worn under the socks), Plenty of water, Mouthguard (optional, but recommended)