ALBION Development Academy (ADA) is a stepping stone for U8-U10 players (2012-2014 birth year) who are looking to play soccer in a structured, professional environment with experienced and licensed coaches. This is a seasonal program offered in both the fall and the spring. Players may choose to play in one or both of the sessions; participation in one session is not dependent on participation in the previous session.
ADA is centered on a sound philosophy for developing technical and tactical skills that are age appropriate. Players are introduced to the habits, productive attitudes, and highest playing standards required to become a well-rounded athlete. In these age groups, teams are trained to constantly develop their technical, tactical, physical, and mental skills. In addition to basic skills and understanding, players will learn to create opportunities for themselves and others by learning to play as part of a team.
Our coaching staff represents a variety of both grassroots and high-level playing experience, having competed for local & elite youth, collegiate, semi-pro, and professional teams throughout the United States and abroad. Many ADA coaches have earned USSF National Licenses, United Soccer Coaches Diplomas, and also coach for local high school and elite state programs. This diverse combination of playing and coaching experience adds unique perspectives to the developmental and collaborative culture of our club.
ADA fall session teams will start training in August and will practice once a week on Friday in the Tigard area for the duration of their session and will participate in the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) Developmental League in the Fall (8 games). This session typically concludes at the end of October.
ADA spring session teams will start training in February and will practice once a week Friday in the Tigard area for the duration of their season (Winter/Spring) and will participate in the OYSA Developmental League in the Spring (8 games). This session typically concludes at the end of April.
Both Fall and Spring OYSA Development games will be on Sundays and are typically at Delta Park or Sherwood Middle School (formerly Sherwood High School). Teams usually consist of 10-12 players and play 7v7 format with six field players and a goalie. There is no required travel outside of the Portland metropolitan area for ADA teams.