ACADEMY PROGRAMS

Pelada Football Academy offers playing opportunities for every skill level and our programming is based around a four season structure, allowing players to participate in multiple sports or activities and focus on soccer during the parts of the year that fit their schedules best. For those who love to play soccer all the time, we have opportunities for both training and competition all year round! Full program summaries by season are available below.
Birth Year / Age Group Program Reference

AGE GROUP REFERENCE & DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS


Our seasonal year runs from June through May. Age groups are based on birth year and players age up to the next a age group after the end of the spring season. Summer tournaments are the start of the new seasonal year and are played at the new age level.
Player's birth yearAge groupGradeGame formatCore Competitive SeasonsAvailable programs
2018/17/16U5Pre-K/K/1st2v2, 3v3, 4v4 (Informal)n/aFoundations Academy
2015U81st/2nd4v4 or 7v7Fall + Spring Leagues
(U8 participants on our
fall/spring teams will
be playing against older
U9 & U10 players)
Foundations Academy
U9-10 Fall & Spring Teams
Summer Tournaments
Futsal Academy
Indoor Teams
2014U92nd/3rd7v7Fall + Spring LeaguesU9-10 Fall & Spring Teams
Summer Tournaments
Futsal Academy
Indoor Teams
2013U103rd/4th7v7Fall + Spring Leagues
2012*U114th/5th9v9Fall (League + Cup)
Spring (League)
U11-15 Fall Teams
U11-14 Spring Teams
Summer Tournaments
Futsal Academy
Indoor Teams
2011U125th/6th9v9Fall (League + Cup)
Spring (League)
2010**U136th/7th11v11Fall (League + Cup)
Spring (League)
2009U147th/8th11v11Fall (League + Cup)
Spring (League)
2008***U158th/9th11v11Fall (League + Cup)
Winter (League + Cup)
U11-15 Fall Teams
U15+ Winter Teams
Summer Tournaments
2007U169th/10th11v11Winter (League + Cup)U15+ Winter Teams
Summer Tournaments
2006U1710th/11th11v11Winter (League + Cup)
2005U1811th/12th11v11Winter (League + Cup)
2004U1912th11v11Winter (League + Cup)
*At U11 players age up from the Valley Academy League to the Timbers & Thorns Leagues and transition to a 9v9 game format.
**At U13 players transition from the 9v9 to the 11v11 game format.
***U15 players (born in 2008) can choose between fall league and cup and winter/spring league and cup programs. Players wanting to participate year round can do both.

DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS

U5-U8: Help players acquire balance, coordination, physical awareness, and socialization skills along with a basic set of techniques and a love of soccer.

U9-U10: Build the foundations of soccer technique and team play while establishing good habits in the areas of learning, work ethic, deliberate practice, and group cooperation.

U11-U12: Intense focus on achieving technical proficiency across skill sets while introducing fundamental tactical themes and terminology.

U13-U14: Build game reading skills and tactical understanding while seeking an increased range of technical ability.

U15-U16: Cement tactical understanding and create team leaders while improving decision making and seeking consistency in execution of technique.

U17-U19: Cement a style of play that takes full advantage of individual skill sets while pursuing advanced tactical understanding, game reading ability, and competitive player impact.
2022 Summer Programs

CAMPS & CLINICS (U8-U19)


Tailored to specific ages and elements of youth soccer development. Clinics are open to any player, PFA member or otherwise. They are one week long (Mon-Thu) with daily sessions ranging from 3-5 hours. Topics include goal scoring, goalkeeping, defending, attacking, and fall pre-season team training camp. Cost range: $145-$185 per camp.

PROGRAM DETAILS


Format: Week-long (M-Th) day camps
Dates: See our Schedules page
Locations: TBD
Cost: $145-$185

TOURNAMENT TEAMS (U8-U20)


Various tournaments in June/July/August for teams age U10-U20. This year we are focussing primarily on the Capital Cup (Salem) in June and the Mt. Hood Challenge (Portland) in August. Tournaments are single weekend events, usually Friday-Sunday, typically including four games. Teams train for three weeks leading up to the tournament weekend. Possible locations include Salem, Bend, and the larger Portland area.  Cost: $150 per tournament.

PROGRAM DETAILS


Capital Cup Dates: June 17-19 (U13+) / June 24-26 (U8-10)
Mt Hood Challenge Dates: August 5-7 (U8-19)
Match Format: Four game gaurantee for most events
Training Format: Train 2-3/week for three weeks leading up to each tournament
Cost: $150 per tournament

TRAINING ONLY SKILLS ACADEMY (U9-U20)


Players who are looking for training opportunities in the summer but are not available for tournament weekends can participate in team training sessions leading up to the Capital Cup and Mt. Hood Challenge. The program will run in two segments of three weeks each, the first in June and the second from mid July to early August.

NOTE: This is a training only program with no game schedule. Players wanting competition should choose the Capital Cup and/or Mt. Hood Challenge tournament options.

PROGRAM DETAILS


Dates: June 1-23 + July 18-August 4
Sessions: 2-3 sessions per week, 75-90 minutes each
Times: Evenings between 5pm and 8pm
Locations: TBD
Cost: $150

SUMMER FOUNDATIONS ACADEMY (U5-U8)


For U5-U8 players (2015-2018 birth years), the Foundations U8 Academy offers skill building for players age 4-7. The emphasis is on teaching fundamentals of movement, coordination, and technique through fun and engaging exercises and small-sided games. Training is held once a week in a small group setting (4-8 players) led by a PFA staff coach and members of our youth Coach Development Academy. Each session begins and ends with scrimmages in a 2v2 or 3v3 format and uses a combination of fun, competitive training games and one-on-one instruction to teach technical fundamentals and basic decision making during the middle portion. Includes three jamboree-style game days. Runs for six weeks from early July through late August (total of six practices and three game days).

PROGRAM DETAILS


Dates: Jul 11 - Aug 19 (exact days TBD)
Times: 5:00-6:00pm
Location: TBD
Training: One 60 minute session per week
Games: 2nd, 4th, and 6th week of program; jamborees consisting of 3-4 mini games between Foundations Academy groups (2v2, 3v3 or 4v4 format)
Cost: $50

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