Academy Program

The Avalanche Soccer Club offers an Academy soccer program for U9-U10 boys and girls. The Academy program is a great fit for teams that aren’t ready to split up, but are seeking a training plan led by a licensed coach. In addition, this program is perfect for the player, regardless of ability, who is committed to becoming a better soccer player and has a passion for the sport.  Our aim for the program is to create a new more fulfilling soccer experience and continue the fun this great sport offers while building life skills and relationships.

Are there tryouts?

There are no tryouts required for this program; however, we do offer player placement sessions in late May to find the best fit for players. Free, no obligation “kick around” sessions provide the player and their parents a chance to meet the Development coaching staff and experience the coaching style and philosophy. These sessions also provide an opportunity for players to meet each other, plus build rapport with potential future teammates and soccer peers.

Where are practices and games played?

Home games and practices are on the well-maintained grass fields and conveniently located in the City of Wheat Ridge – accessible from I-70, I-25 and West Colfax. Team requests at this age level are carefully and thoughtfully considered, although not guaranteed. Strong consideration is also offered to incoming teams wanting to stay together. New players seeking a new team and teammates are welcome and encouraged to join. Returning players wanting to stay with previous team are also given additional consideration. Uniforms, tournaments, team activities during the off season and some social events are optional and have additional fees. Avalanche Soccer Club believes strongly that all kids should be able to play soccer and therefore financial assistance is available for those meeting need qualifications (see Financial Assistance under Parent resources for more info).

When are practices held?

Academy teams practice two days per week for 75 minutes each. Additional training sessions or clinics are also offered periodically at no additional fee. These sessions focus on individual skill sets and development of the player.

When are games held?

Games are on Saturdays between 8 am and 4 pm with some exceptions. The regular season consists of 8 games each season (fall and spring). Four home games in Wheat Ridge plus 4 away games within the metro-front range area. Teams play at a suitable level within the Front Range League under the Colorado Soccer Association.

Academy teams usually participate in at least one tournament per season but are team directed regarding which tournament to participate. Teams, coaches and managers are encouraged to collaborate the tournament scheduling. Tournaments can be one of the most memorable times for your player and provide an excellent opportunity to bond with teammates.

The Avalanche Soccer Club uses TeamSnap to streamline all communication and event scheduling including: games, practices, clinics, announcements, special events and social events for the entire club. All teams have access to scrimmages and interact with other teams in the club both on the field and off.

Who coaches Academy teams?

Coaching at this level is supplemented by a licensed and accredited coach or staff trainer with experience at the developmental level under a 9 month curriculum (August to May). Staff trainers are currently contracted through Challenger Sports, a UK company that provides highly experienced international coaches that have come through some of the premier academies in Europe. Staff trainers will be available for home games. In some cases, we rely on volunteer coaches to coach practices and away games. Teams also typically have a volunteer team manger to manage schedules. Curriculum is designed with emphasis on player development, including technical proficiency with the introduction of tactical play. All volunteer coaches are required to have a background check and concussion training.

Avalanche Soccer Club is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Training and seminars on these philosophies are offered throughout the year for coaches, volunteers and parents. It is our utmost priority to provide a quality and positive experience for all participants.


Please contact our Academy Program Coordinator- Kasee

Sample Calendar


Late July Kick off fall season with week of team training
Mid August Weekly fall practices begin
Early November End of fall season
Mid November to Mid February Off-season, optional activities available


Mid February Preseason training for spring
Early March Weekly spring practices begin
Late March First spring game
Mid May End of spring season
Fridays in April/May U10 and U11 Kick-Around Sessions
Last Week of May Player Placement