The PSV Union FC Academy is a year round skill development program focused on introducing the game of soccer to the youngest players, ages 4-6 and giving parents and players an opportunity to view PSV Union FC coaches at work. The players train at the same field as the older players in the club so its possible to see the club coaches in action training the older players. This close proximity also provides a strong visual for parents wishing to see what a competetrive club looks like up close.
All ambitious players at some point make the transition either directly from AYSO (recreational) to US Club/NorCal Premier League or CYSA Class 1 or 3 (competitive & select) or gradually, from novice to recreational to Class 3 to Class 1 to Premier. In each case, the pathway for elite level soccer is often confusing.
At PSV Union Academy, we provide players with the right environment from the very beginning of their soccer careers thus eliminating the need to continually move clubs, leagues or organizations.
The philosophy behind the Academy is that young players can start with the club system immediaely and follow it through their entire involvement in youth soccer. By doing this, players in their formative years can be placed in an environment that emphasizes long term player development through teaching and practice, enjoying the game, and competing without the pressure to win at young ages. Much of the material being taught will be focused on technical/skill aspects of the game and working on becoming comfortable with the ball.
Some parents may hesitate, thinking that 4-6 years of age is too young to begin participating in a focused training program. However, some of the world’s leading clubs, such as Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan and Liverpool FC invite players as young as 4 years of age to participate in their programs. It is important to note that this environment is focused on soccer, but is carefully managed to avoid putting undue pressure on the kids to over-train, get results, or win. Our focus is on teaching, learning and long term development.
When Academy players reach the age of 6 or 7, or whenever they are ready, they may be given the opportunity to “graduate” on to join a PSV Union competitive club team.
* If you wish to speak with the coach make an appointment. please do not approach a coach at practice to speak unless in an emergency. to set up a meeting contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to set up a convenient time to meet.
* PSV Academy belongs to PSV Union FC and shares the field with older PSV Union teams so it’s important that in the interest of the safety of the players and the smooth running of all sessions that parents view the practice from the neutral viewing area at the edge and not in between or on the soccer fields. Only players and coaches are allowed the field at all times.
* We understand you are keen to get as close to the action as possible however we ask that you view the session from a suitable distance. A designated area will be set up for the Academy.
* Please do not kick the ball with your children after Academy practice on the fields if the fields are still 'live' and in use.
* The blue exercise bar structure, bleachers & porta-potty areas are designated for players and coaches only.
COST PER SESSION: $15.00
CREDIT CARD COST: $15.45 per session (incl.3% processing fee)
MAIL PAYMENTS TO:
PSV Union FC. 555 Bryant St #437, Palo Alto, CA 94301
No refunds except due to special circumstances (e.g. long term injury or illness, or emergency). Make up sessions are available if advance notice is given before the absence and a request is submitted to attend an alternate Academy date (email email@example.com).
'Advance Notice' means Friday before Tuesday sessions and Tuesday before Thursday session. Make ups are only available for the current season and credit cannot be applied to another season. Players who miss sessions who have not notified us in advance are not eligible for a refund
The PSV Union FC philosophy is based on a long term approach to development that focuses on providing top level instruction and a great learning environment, encouraging and reinforcing the importance of practice and repetition to master the fundamentals and nurturing a love for the game. PSV Union has a strong "club" model to promote this development, in which all teams, players & coaches collaborate and cooperate. Our highly qualified and licensed coaches have many years of coaching experience with all ages and levels around the world. All coaches have a strong commitment to teaching and sharing their passion for the game. Our players range in age & level from 4-year-old novices to 17-year-old Youth National team players, and we welcome players of various levels & experiences.
TECHNIQUE: Too many players are rarely if ever taught even the most rudimentary techniques and are able to achieve moderate success through shortcuts such as physical prowess. Neglecting technique prevents players from reaching the highest level their potential allows.
ATTITUDE: A young player’s attitude towards learning and improvement and towards the competitive game as a whole is essential in ensuring their success as a student of the game. Attitude will help the player achieve their goals. Similarly, a poor attitude will prevent or work against this progress.
BALANCE: Many players are focused too much on one or few aspects of the game. This all round soccer/football education allows players to enhance, develop and exploit their natural qualities, yet also develop other aspects. For example a player who is simply fast and athletic will need to develop their technical speed.
SPEED: We don’t just mean physical speed. Technical speed on and off the ball and speed of decision-making and reading the game are important attributes.
Many players on our PSV Union FC competitive teams started playing soccer in our Academy program and “graduated” to the teams.
Communications, updates, club/team/player news, info and video on homework assignments, post photos, etc. we share on Pass2Me (like a Facebook type of social network but for soccer). Be sure to sign up for Pass2Me and "Friend" PSV Union Football Club. Most of our news, communications and updates including game schedules, attendance, team events and club events are sent using Pass2me.com. PSV members receive email notifications and you can sync your Mobile phone to the system to send and receive texts. We send updates on team news (results etc), players (achievements) as well as disseminate training info and ideas for each player to work on their game. Our coaches use Pass2me.com to evaluate palyers and players can also self evlaluate.
Once you "friend" PSV Union Football Club, we invite you to all the necessary groups, such as Small Groups, or your specific Team Page, Juggling Page, Homework Page etc. When logged in, you can access any/all friends/teammates/group pages from the top Nav Bar. You also can 'friend' other players and parents in the club.
To confirm participation in games and certain events respond to all Event invitations by clicking on the RSVP (lower left of the events page) for each event. Also make notes in the "Comments" tab where appropriate re: schedule conflicts for that particular event. All events you are invited to can be accessed on your own profile page under the Events tab, or when you visit that specific friend, group or fan page.
All PSV Union players have a player page on Pass2me.com. Having a Player Profile on Pass2me.com makes the tryout process much easier for our coaching staff and management. Players under the age of 13 must have Player Pages managed/owned by their parents. PSV Union coaches use Player Pages to learn more about the player: favorite player, team etc. playing history, (training, games), evaluations and share feedback on players.
How to Set Up Your Player Page:
1: START A FREE ACCOUNT ON Pass2me.com
2: ACTIVATE YOUR PLAYER PAGE ON Pass2me.com
note: upon activating your Player Page, players are searchable on the Pass2me.com Player Tracker system. Once your Player Page is activated PSV will request to join the player page. Only members of the players Player Page can view details and follow this player. Parents, club coaches typically belong to the players Player Page.
IMPORTANT: IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD IN THE CLUB AND YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ADDRESS IS ALREADY IN USE YOU CAN ONLY CREATE ANOTHER PLAYER PAGE BY USING A DIFFERENT EMAIL ADDRESS (PERHAPS ANOTHER PARENT CAN USE THEIR EMAIL ACCOUNT).