The ASA Junior program is the first step into the Academy. This foundation program gives young players access to a higher level of coaching, age specific skills training and an opportunity to participate at a higher level environment than that of recreational soccer. The program focus is on individual skill development, instilling love of the game, and development of the sense of “team and teamwork” in the young player. ASA Juniors will play in interclub and intraclub small sided games in a productive & positive environment. All players willing to make the commitment to training are welcome and no player will be excluded from participation in the ASA Junior program. The Junior Academy is open to players 5-7 years old with birthyears of 2013, 2012, and 2011. All 2010 birthyears will tryout with the competitive program to form same age teams, and will begin the transition from the Junior Academy to the Competitive Academy over the course of the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 season.