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The RRSO U8 Academy Program

I don't believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches.  It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.
-- Manny Schellscheidt -- famous US youth soccer coach

Who can participate?

Boys and girls who will turn seven (7) or eight (8) years of age during the 2020 calendar year (DOB:  Jan-Dec 2013/2014) are eligible to participate.  We will also consider boys and girls who will turn six (6) during the current calendar year (DOB:  Jan-Dec 2014) if they are deemed ready to participate by the Academy Director and the RRSO Board.

When is the Academy season?
The Academy program includes a fall, winter, and spring component with built-in breaks during several holidays.  Registration remains open year-round and new players can join anytime.

Where/When are practices/games?
FALL & SPRING SEASON - Our training sessions are held one evening a week, to go along with six Play Days over the course of the outdoor season. In the past, play days would run from 1015am until 1115 am, and parents have been encouraged to wear soccer shoes and participate. For some parents, the Academy set-up is their introduction to travel soccer, and playing goalie in the Play Date games gives them a chance to better appreciate their young players' learning process.

WINTER SEASON - Players will have 12 weekly training sessions, all held at the Force Indoor Sports Facility in Rocky River.

What is the Academy Program?
The Academy is a young player's introduction to soccer.  Players learn the basic skills of the game through fun yet challenging activities under the guidance of professional coaches.

What is the difference between Academy and other programs?
Academy is player-centered.  The "game" is the main teacher, not the coaches.  The aim is to develop self-motivated players who can solve "soccer problems" on their own.

Is the U8 Academy the right choice for my son or daughter?
The U8 Academy is for boys and girls who intend to play competitive soccer.  Players must be able to follow instructions, and stay engaged in activities.  Players who are "not ready" will receive a refund, and will be invited to try again the next season.

How do I sign-up/how much does it cost?
You must register to create an account at  You will then be taken through the sign-in process.  The RRSO Academy costs $200.  The Academy is designed as a year-long program with a Fall, Winter, and Spring component. 

Is there anything else I should know?
The Academy will also provide "a la carte" opportunities to participate in tournaments and league play.  During the winter session, Academy parents may enter teams into an indoor league.  We will also enter teams into tournaments during the course of the year.  The league and tournament fees will be determined and charged as those events happen.

Who should I contact if I have questions?
Feel free to email Academy Director Kevin Zerbey at [email protected].

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Rocky River Soccer Organization

PO Box 16276 
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Email: [email protected]

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PO Box 16276 
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Email: [email protected]

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