THE ADVANCED ACADEMY
BOYS & GIRLS 2003 - 2006
The Advanced Academy is the home of Eagleclaw Football Club's senior competitive teams and is for players between the age of 13-18. This is where the hard work of the Primary Academy years pays off. Players in the Advanced Academy are selected through tryouts held in Jan-Feb for boys and April-May for girls.
Each Advanced Academy team has a dedicated coaching staff and trains according to Eagleclaw's Spanish-inspired game model and system of play with training support provided by coaches from the Valencia CF youth academy. These teams compete in the most competitive leagues available. The goal of the Advanced Academy is to continue individual player development, but within the team context. These are the ages where team development makes much more sense if the goal is to develop players who will have opportunities to play at higher levels.
The Advanced Academy is generally for players age 13-18 who possess the high level of interest, enthusiasm, commitment and ability to continue developing into top players with Eagleclaw FC. The emphasis is still on learning, but at an accelerated and more advanced rate. If you are ambitious, competitive, coachable, technically sharp, tactically savvy, willing to learn more and highly motivated to become the best player you can be, then you should tryout. Eagleclaw is focused on developing the best players in Washington, so the same level of commitment is expected from Advanced Academy players.
We will form no more than two teams for each birth year/gender.
Some Advanced Academy and Primary Academy teams become part of the Valencia Discovery Program and are referred to as VDP Teams.
Tryouts and Registration
Tryouts are held in Jan/Feb for boys and in April/May for girls. Supplemental tryouts may be offered at other times of the year.
Player Development Curriculum
Eagleclaw is a "Positional Play" club. Positional Play is a possession-based style that requires players that are technically skilled, intelligent and spatially aware. That is the kind of player we develop. You can learn more about Positional Play here and at our blog. Our training features a substantial amount of rondo-based exercises and positional small-sided games like those used in Spanish professional academies. Technical skill is developed through rondos and positional games where passing and receiving technique is developed in game-realistic contexts. And context is central to our published curriculum and training methodology. By training all players according to the same plan, each player is given equal exposure to fundamentals and equal opportunity to master them. This system also makes it easier for Eagleclaw staff to easily identify players of exceptional abilities who may be able to make the transition from the Primary Academy to Advanced Academy, to our Valencia Discovery Program and then perhaps the youth academies of our professional club partner Valencia CF.
We are not concerned with winning league games or tournaments, but rather observing how each player implements and exhibits the training received during the week. We are committed to a positive training environment where development of individual skills is the primary objective, and winning games is merely a byproduct of the players’ development. We are determined that every player who joins the Eagleclaw Academy will leave as not only a better soccer player, but also a better person.
Teams will train either on Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur.
Eagleclaw Football Academy trains at Starfire Sports in Tukwila and Valley Ridge Park in SeaTac.