What is Junior Academy?
Welcome to the Junior Academy Program. For the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022, this program is for all players born in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015. The online registration for the fall season will open June 1st and close July 31st. The online registration for the spring season will open February 1 and close March 20th. Sessions and games will start approximately two weeks or so after registration closes or when fields are open.
Fall 2021 Junior Academy season begins Saturday August 21st and Spring 2022 Junior Academy season begins Saturday April 9th. Please Note: This dates may be adjusted due to weather, etc.
GEA Junior Academy is an exciting introduction to soccer based on what’s best for the players. The player’s individual skill development and enjoyment is at the heart of the program. All players get professional training from GEA staff members. They get practices throughout the year with small-sided games during the spring and fall seasons.The players play 4v4 to maximize touches and enjoyment.
Why Junior Academy?
Junior Academy is the first stage of the GEA Development Pathway. Led by our GEA Junior Academy Director the program is the “me and my ball” stage in a low pressure environment where individual technical development is the main focus alongside fun games that promote lots of touches of the ball. It will give your player confidence and set them up for an exciting future in soccer!
WINTER JUNIOR ACADEMY
If your child was born in 2018, 2017, 2016, they can register to participate in the Jr. Academy Winter Session 1 which will take place on Saturday mornings. Jr. Academy is scheduled to run from 8-10am inside the Gretna Sports Complex. The age groups will be divided so that one group of players will attend from 8-9am and another group of players will attend from 9-10am; more information on the times for each age group will follow after registration closes
The dates will be November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 11, 18.
The cost is $60 per player and you will receive more information before the first session starts on November 6th regarding the team your child is on.
2021/2022 WINTER FUTSAL
We are putting together U7 co-ed teams to join the GEA Futsal League for the 1st session. This is an indoor league that is played on the new turf at the Gretna Sports Complex.
The first session of Futsal runs from November 5 - December 19, 2021. For the 1st session of Futsal, game will take place on Saturdays during the 1030am-1:30pm time slots.
The cost for the 1st session of Futsal will be $40 per player. The teams will be coached by parent volunteer coaches, the same as they were this past fall. If you are interested in your son/daughter participating on a U7 Co-Ed team for the 1st session of Futsal, please click on the link below to register online through LeagueApps.
Online registration will close @ 11:59pm on October 27th so register ASAP. You will be able to mark down a coach/friend request during the online registration process:
GEA Junior Academy will enable your child to:
Have fun while learning the littlest of nuances of soccer
Gain knowledge, love and passion for the game
Develop their technical sophistication on the ball
Become elegant, confident and poised players for life
Attain high soccer awareness and smarts of the game