The FC Edmonton Academy began in January 2012, and since that time, I have been able to experiment quite a bit with training styles and philosophies. The intent of this page is to share pretty much everything that we do in the Academy; our playing philosophy, our training methods and our full year curriculum. In the Training Sessions page, you will find quite a few full sessions that we run with our U18 Academy. I have shared our full year curriculum on this page, and while this is what we have run this year, it is always evolving as we continue to improve on what we deliver to the players. As the game changes, so to must we! I will also add that I want our academy to be transparent. At the end of the day, I sincerely hope that we are all trying to push players on to a better level. If that is the case, then it only makes sense that we all help each other out, and I am hoping that this website can be a useful resource for you.
I am not suggesting that what is on these pages is the right way to do something, but it is one way of doing something and I am open to discuss anything you see on here in the forums section. Please feel free to question or critique any material on this page.
This page will continue to evolve, as we look to embrace tactical periodization as our training method starting next year. I would suggest that is predominantly what we currently do; however, we will look at the start of every session to see where we can get better and avoid some of the isolation training that we currently do. We will also be going back to the 6 week periodization model as we develop soccer fitness through soccer training.
I also want to take the chance to point out the academic commitment that our club has for each player in the Academy. Being a teacher myself, I appreciate the value of an education in North American, and especially for the North American player. With this in mind, we hold every player accountable to achieve whatever level they are able to achieve in school. Paul Kelly, who was hired the same time as me, is our Academic Advisor, and he is constantly monitoring our players attitudes and behaviours in school. While we do not expect every player to be an honour student, we do expect them to achieve what they can. We pride ourselves on giving players coming through our academy an opportunity for first team soccer, as well as chance to achieve an athletic scholarship, whether that be in the CIS, CCAA, or the NCAA.