SYA has a program for every level of player! Please find the level that is most suitable for your player.
U4- U5 Pee Wee
Our U4-U5 program is a great way to let your youngster try soccer in an environment that is both age appropriate and creative. Your player will work with professional trainers who focus on fun soccer activities, and our coaches integrate the soccer basics of foot skills, dribbling, passing and shooting. Small sided games will be played at every session. It is coed and meets every Saturday at Bull Run Elementary School. Your assigned crew will play at the same time every week. A shirt is included in the registration fee. You provide a size 3 ball & shin guards for safety. Cleats are recommended but not mandatory. 8 Week session $185 + $5.50 Fairfax County fees.
U6- U14 Recreational Program
Our SYA Rec program cannot be beat. No experience necessary to play, no try out process. Our volunteer age group coordinators do their best to honor “special requests”, such as schedule conflicts, location, practice day/ time etc. SYA prides itself on dedication to the community we serve…Our Players. We also strive to make our teams balanced. Our program includes at least one practice and one game per week. Our volunteer coaches are licensed within one year, we background check our volunteers. In addition to these items SYA offers a once a week Rec STIC Clinic (U6-U14), Goal Keeper Training (U8- U14), & End of Season Tournament (U10-U14). Please note that U6 is no longer coed. We will have separate boys & girls teams. 8 Weeks sessions U7/8 $185, U9-U14 $205+$5.50 Fairfax County Fees
U16/U19 SFL-Suburban Friendship League
It is never too late to try a soccer. The Suburban Friendship League (SFL) has been operating since the Fall 1990 season providing scheduling services for recreational soccer teams. The league’s charter and decisions are based on whether the result is for the good of the players. SFL has twice weekly training sessions and Saturday games (some local travel for away games is required) There is an end of season SFL sponsored tournament weekend for all teams. Coaches are volunteers. SYA requires all coaches to be licensed with the first year of coaching. 8 Weeks $205 + $5.50 Fairfax County Fees.
U6-U14 STIC-Skills, Technical, Insight & Creativity Program
No tryouts required. This program is optional and available to all registered rec players. Our SYA STIC program places a heavy emphasis on improving technical skills, ball control and striking the ball. 1 vs 1 attack and defending the play will also be covered. Principles of play, such as support play in attack will be coached at the basic level for U6-U9 and at the intermediate level for U10-U14. All SYA coaching staff will be professional, highly trained and make the environment enjoyable for the players. 6 Weeks- NO Additional Cost
U8-U14 GK- Goal Keeper Training
No tryouts required. This program is optional and available to all registered rec players. SYA Rec Goalkeeper (GK) Training is designed to prepare GK’s to play at a higher level of play in the future. The training program to improve each GK will include; shot stopping, handling the ball, key components of angle play, distribution, relevant communication/ leadership skills and kicking from hand and feet. Diving and other relevant GK skills will all be age appropriate. All SYA coaching staff will be professional, highly trained and make the environment enjoyable for the players. 6 Weeks-NO Additional Cost
U10-U14 End of Season (EOS) Tournament
No tryouts required. This program is included in your registration fee. Only SYA recreation league teams may participate in the SYA end-of-season tournament. This is a single elimination tournament and gives ALL our players an opportunity to experience the fun of playing soccer in a tournament. NO Additional Cost
U8-U19 All Stars
Our SYA All Stars participate in one local tournament a season. You must be invited and selected to participate. There will be 1-3 kids per rec team selected. All Stars include several practices with your All Star team with SYA approved coaches. Estimated Cost U8 $50- U9-U19 $40- plus the cost of a jersey if needed $20-
Additional Opportunities- Each Recreational age group offers unique opportunities for additional training.
U6-U7 ETP- Emerging Talent Program
In addition to our House Program listed above. Your player will have the opportunity to be nominated and invited into our Emerging Talent Program (ETP). ETP is focused on talented and enthusiastic Recreation players and its mission is to focus on individual player development.. The SYA ETP serves as a direct bridge from the Recreation program to the U8 Academy. In the ETP program, the players in each age group train together at a centralized location in player pools rather than on individual teams. To be eligible to participate in the ETP Program the player must be currently registered in the SYA Recreation Program and must be invited by the Director of the ETP and U8 Academy, Girls - Craig Scott firstname.lastname@example.org or Director of the ETP and U8 Academy, Boys - Adam Baumgardner email@example.com.
U8 Pre-Travel Academy
U8 Academy follows a comprehensive training plan developed and implemented by highly qualified professional staff. Focus and priority of the program will be on individual player development rather than team success, and will be specifically focused to increase the player’s technical and tactical skills. Academy players will take part in twice weekly training sessions, crossover U8 games with fellow CCL clubs and winter indoor training and league games. This structure will bridge the gap between Recreation and Travel Soccer. This 10 month program is mid-year but we are still accepting try-outs on an individual basis for interested and dedicated players. Please contact Coach Craig Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in an evaluation for your daughter or Coach Adam Baumgardner at email@example.com if you are interested in an evaluation for your son.
U9-U19 Elite Travel Program
SYA is widely regarded as one of the top clubs in the region and is a member of the CCL and NCSL. The club has produced many players that have gone on to individual success at the NCAA Division, I, II, and III levels as well as developed players that have gone on to play professionally. Most recently Griffin Yow of SYA's '02 Boys Red signed his contract with DC United. We are proud of our many State Cup champions and furthermore our multitude of finalists and semi-finalists.
Our coaches have coached all ages and abilities, from the youngest players to college and national teams. Many have played at the game’s highest levels as well, including on national teams and professional teams. They bring a wealth of experience and a variety of perspectives. SYA has a strong club environment with emphasis on teams training together, scrimmaging one another, and club passing players to offer them varied experiences in order to help them develop into the strongest soccer players they can be. Coaches work closely with each other and share a common vision with regard to player development and the club’s future opportunities.
SYA Travel offers unique programs, such as our inclusive Travel Academy for teams from U9-U12. The Academy program began on a limited basis in the late 1990s but began in earnest about ten years ago and has expanded and improved annually ever since. Through Academy, all of our youngest players are afforded the chance to work with not only our top coaches but other top trainers as well. These sessions include speed and agility training and professional goalie training (also available for older goalkeepers). U8 players have a separate academy to help challenge top young players.
CCL Pro23: PRO23, the peak of the CCL’s developmental pyramid, offers competitive play for Men and Women (separate divisions) from June-July. PRO23 offers clubs a player retention opportunity providing current college players the opportunity to come home and play for the club that helped develop and prepare them for collegiate soccer. Top youth players and former collegiate/professional players round out PRO23 rosters to offer a one-of-a-kind off-season development experience. Older players mentor younger players and all continue their pursuit of soccer excellence.