Academy & Teams

Academy (U8-U10)

What is Academy Soccer?

This is the next stage of the GEA Development Pathway and is led by professional coaches under the guidance of our Academy Director. It builds on the foundations laid in the Junior Academy environment with more of a team structure introduced. Game play is 5 v 5 (U8) and 7 v 7 (U9 & U10) and teams are formed through no cut Academy open houses. Players are placed on teams, with a professional, licences coach and register for the entire year after Academy Clinics (August 2020- May 2021).

Expectations of Academy teams:

  • 2 practices a week in Fall and Spring seasons
  • 1 practice a week in Winter inside the Gretna Sports Complex
  • Participation in local league play (7 v 7 format with team roster of 10-12 players)
  • Participate in two local tournaments in the Fall and Spring (not included in registration fee)
  • Participate in Futsal during the winter (not included in registration fee)

There are no tryouts for the Junior Academy. The program is open for any interested player. Players are grouped initially by age and then by ability where necessary for training groups and games. If you cannot make it to an open house then please contact our Academy Director, Raphael Martinez, to arrange to attend a session to assess your child.



U8/2013 $525 (plus team fees)

U9/2012 $650 (plus team fees)

U10/2011 $750 (plus team fees)



Contact our Academy Director Raphael Martinez -

Why Academy Soccer?

GEA Academy soccer is the beginning of the “me and my partner” stage of the development pathway. There is still a high 1 v 1 technical skill focus but we begin to introduce and work on using team mates to combine.

The focus is on individual player development and not on wins/losses. Our goal is to have every player feel comfortable with the ball at their feet. We encourage creativity by creating an environment where players feel safe to make mistakes.