About Our Academy Program

Our academy program (5U-9U)

FC Frederick's Academy Program has been called "one of the finest youth development programs of any youth soccer club in the United States." Modeled after the ideals set forth in the USSF National Youth License, players participate in "developmentally appropriate" training activities that are both challenging and fun.

The Academy I Program is usually players' first introduction to soccer (or organized sports generally) and the primary goal is to ensure players have fun, while planting the seeds for a lifelong enjoyment of the game. Players will learn a variety of skills over the course of the season, including moves, ball mastery, and juggling techniques.

The Academy I Director oversees all aspects of the Academy I Program, and works with staff coaches to develop and implement program goals. FC Frederick's Academy Director, Jackie Eskay, brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the program.

To join any Academy I program, players must register through FC Frederick's Playmetrics Portal. Players participate in age group programs based on the year they were born (Program Fees vary for each age group). For labelling purposes, "8U" (for example) means that players in that age group can be 8 years old and younger. The 2023-24 age groups are:

2019 = 5U
2018 = 6U
2017 = 7U
2016 = 8U
2015 = 9U

5/6U Program:

Coaching:  Volunteer coach; oversight by Head Age Group Coach and Academy I Director

Commitment:   Seasonal (Fall, Spring, or both)

Training:   Once per week, Fridays, at Urbana Community Park

Games:   3v3 format, Saturday mornings at Urbana Community Park

Ball:  Size 3

Uniform:   Included with fee

Traveling Minis:   The FC Frederick Academy program comes to your backyard! Watch the video!

7/8U Program:

Coaching:   Volunteer coach; oversight by Head Age Group Coach and Academy I Director

Commitment:   Seasonal (Fall, Spring, or both)

Training:   Twice per week, Tuesdays & Thursdays, at Urbana Community Park

Games:   Participation in Frederick Fours league (4v4 format dual field format); Saturdays at Frederick area fields

Ball:  Size 3

Uniform:   Additional cost, purchased through soccer.com

Other:   Access to all club services (summer camps, soccer schools, winter futsal, etc.)

9U PROGRAM:

Coaching:   Volunteer coach; oversight by Head Age Group Coach and Academy I Director

Commitment:   Seasonal (Fall, Spring, or both)

Training:   Twice per week, Mondays & Wednesdays, at Urbana Community Park

Games:   Participation in HexaLeague (6v6, 5 field players plus GK) or URSL; Saturdays at Frederick area fields

Events:   FCF ScrimmageFest (Spring)

Ball:  Size 4

Uniform:   Additional cost, purchased through soccer.com

Other:   Access to all Club services (summer camps, soccer schools, winter futsal, etc.)


fees

4U-6U Age Group: $150 (includes t-shirt)

7U-8U Age Group: $225 plus Uniform Kit

9U Age Group: $300 plus Uniform Kit


uniform kits

All uniform kits are purchased through soccer.com (links below).

7U-8U Uniform Kit  |  9U Uniform Kit

"FC Frederick has one of the finest youth development programs in the United States. The emphasis on skill and creativity is very important for the development of high quality soccer players."
Al Albert
Former NSCAA President, former William & Mary Men's Head Coach