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SJSC U8-Youth Academy

Program Details

The U-8 Academy is an introductory program to competitive soccer for boys and girls ages 6 and 7. We understand how important the development is for youth players in our program because they are the future of our club. Our goal is to instill a technical foundation on the ball and provide a safe and fun learning environment where players can grow their love for the game. Emphasis on developing good habits and individual character is always our main priority. Our professional staff is trained to get the most out of your player during trainings and games while having a ton of fun at the same time!

2017/2018 U-8 Academy Season:

  • March-Mid-December: Monthly Trainings
  • June/July: Club Break June 26th-July 9th
  • January: BREAK
  • 2018 February-April: Monthly Trainings



One time registration fee: $95

Monthly fee: $72

  • Monthly fee includes 2 trainings a week, Play Dates against local clubs, Fall Games and futsal training at our facility.

Uniform: $45

  • U8 Special Nike Uniform (1 Jersey, 1 Short, 1 sock) purchased and paid directly to Kombat Soccer

Payment Options

Monthly Installments
Account can be setup to pay in monthly installments via Credit Card/Debit Card/ACH Payments. There will be a 3% transaction cost added to the monthly fee to cover the bank fee that San Juan Soccer Club is charged by the bank. This fee goes 100% to cover the bank transaction fee for the credit/debit/ACH card processing.

Contact Information

Sign-Up Now! Please contact Rachel Bernard - Girls U-8 Academy and Nate Gargiulo - Boys U-8 Academy:

Rachel Bernard

Rachel Bernard

Girls Youth Coordinator

Nate Gargiulo

Nate Gargiulo

U-8 Academy Coordinator

Phone: (916) 494-2176

Training Goals


Develop basic motor skills.

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Turning
  • Jumping
  • Tumbling
  • Hopping
  • Skipping
  • Throwing
  • Catching


Develop basic technical soccer skills.

  • Ball familiarity
  • Dribbling
  • 1 vs 1 Skills
  • 1st Touch
  • Passing
  • Receiving
  • 1 vs 1 to beat an opponent
  • 1 vs 1 defending
  • Turning
  • Shooting

Psychological and Social

Develop social interaction skills.

  • Enjoyment/Fun
  • Build self esteem
  • Create positive environment
  • Develop group interaction skills
  • Develop good sportsmanship and fair play


Develop basic tactical game awareness skills.

  • Basic game understanding
  • Decision making
  • Basic concepts of support play
  • Team shape
  • Awareness of space on and off the ball

"Any club can develop a soccer player. Developing good character is the true challenge."

- San Juan Soccer Club


Q.) Who can join?

At this age, we don’t turn away players that want to grow and gain skills. Every player deserves a chance to experience our program and have fun!

Q.) Can we invite friends that do not know about San Juan?

Absolutely! We accept players year round with the hopes to build a large player pool to feed into the U-9 age group next year. Developing our own players is the key to having a successful program.

Q.) How often do we train?

The U-8 Academy trains 2 days a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes plus extra futsal sessions in our facility.

Q.) Do we play games?

Yes! San Juan is set up in an exclusive U-8 league that competes in local Play Dates once a month during the spring and summer. In the fall, we play every Saturday like a recreational league against the other competitive clubs in our league. This is all included in the monthly fee.

Q.) What is the commitment level?

Players can stay and play the whole season or part of the season. The goal is to get as many touches on the ball as possible so we always recommend to stay involved as much as possible.

Q.) Do we travel?

The U-8 Academy does not go outside the Sacramento area. The other clubs in our league our local and provide the perfect amount of competition for this age group.

Q.) Can we bring a friend to try it out?

Yes! Contact one of the coaches and set up a time to check out the program any time of the year.