Junior Academy News & Events
Join Real Colorado for soccer skill building led by our professional coaches, designed to fine-tune your player’s game while having fun along the way. Our camps offer preschool through elite competitive players an age and ability appropriate opportunity to learn skills like dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and playing in small games. Whether you’re a beginner or a competitor, we have a camp for you!
We hope to see your player for a fun and engaging soccer experience during any of our upcoming camps. All participants should bring water, a soccer ball and wear athletic clothing with shin guards.
- Developmental Centers: for U8-U10 Recreational and Junior Academy players, begins April 25. Click here for details
- Recreational Goalkeeper Academy: for U9-U10 goalkeepers, Mondays, April 7-28. Click here for details
- Pre-Tryout Camp: for Recreational U8-U10 players, May 19 – 21. Click here for details
- Summer Recreational Soccer Camps: for ages 4 – 13, June 23-26 and July 14-17, 2014. Click here for details
- Footability Live: for ages 7 – 15, July 7-10. Click here for details
Camp questions? Click on any of the Camps above to be directed to Camp coach and registration contacts.
Real Colorado Begins National Expansion, Close to Home
As one of the Top 20 youth soccer clubs in America , Real Colorado players can be found at the top of the local, national and international youth soccer sport. Our reputation for excellence both on and off the field is nationally-recognized and as a result, we are often approached to mentor coaches, players and teams.
To follow our mission to continue a tradition of fun and excellence in youth soccer, Real Colorado will launch a new affiliate program beginning in January, 2014 starting with its first affiliate, Edge Soccer Club of Arvada.
The Affiliate Vision
In the spirit of developing youth using the best resources, both technical and administrative, Real’s long-term vision for our affiliate program includes a network of affiliate youth soccer clubs. This network will become a national-level club association that will:
- Serve as a minor league system for professional soccer teams, both domestic and international
- Enable new opportunities to find corporate sponsors and foundation support
- Provide a framework for national coach and player development
Real Colorado’s First Affiliate
All of us at Real Colorado are excited to announce our first affiliate club, Edge Soccer Club of Arvada.
Real Colorado has been evaluating different possibilities for growth over the past few years and in numerous discussions with the leadership of Colorado Edge, we found a shared vision and value embedded in our cultures. It is our belief the affiliation with Colorado Edge will create an exciting environment to benefit both memberships and open further opportunities as our relationship matures. By becoming a Real Colorado affiliate, Edge has taken a new step to offer its players, coaches and families’ new tools that can position the club among the best in the nation as part of the Real family.
Real will begin offering our time-tested training programs to coaches, players and teams from Edge. Our players can easily be Guest Players for each other in tournaments and other events. The teams will cross-train together and help each other prepare in the pre-season by playing friendly games, beginning at U9. The two clubs will work together to provide player development opportunities for all ages.
- Coach and Player Cross-Training – Beginning at U9, players and coaches will begin having opportunities to train together across Junior Academy and Competitive teams, including U.S. Soccer Development Academy and Elite Clubs National League(ECNL) teams.
- A New Look – Edge Soccer Club players will take on the branding of Real Colorado, although the organizations will remain functionally separate.
More Coming Soon – Watch for more information coming soon on our website, or for immediate questions, contact Jared Spires at Jareds@realcolorado.net.
Soccer Shapes Lives for the Better
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Real continually seeks donations to support our mission to open the game to every child who wants to play. We also believe that every player deserves a safe soccer home where they can learn and grow, so we are asking for donations to help us take the next steps in the build-out of Real Colorado Soccer Complex.
What do we do with your donated money?
- We donate more than $80,000 in need-based aid every year to give every child who wants to play, the opportunity to play soccer
- We continue to build-out our Soccer Complex – click here to see how your donations have been used to date and what we have planned
- We continue to operate the best youth soccer club in Colorado, offering more programs to grow your child in soccer than anyone else in our state.
Below are donation requests from families in our local community and from Real, your soccer home. We encourage you to choose a ball and click it to make a tax deductible donation! You will be directed to ColoradoGives.org/RealColorado to complete your donation.
Real Announces First Annual Recreational Soccer Tournament!
Real Colorado is excited to announce our 1st annual recreational soccer tournament!
Save the Date for Labor Day Weekend, 2014 – plans are underway to bring you a recreational, pre-season tournament that gives U7-U10 players the chance to connect as a team before the start of the fall season for fun, tournament-style play.
The tournament will include Real Recreational and Junior Academy U7 – U10 boys and girls, teams from local clubs, a 3 game minimum, medals, and trophies for age-bracket winners.
Real hosts the largest and best-run competitive tournament in our region and we’re building from that experience to create a tournament weekend that Real Colorado Rec teams won’t want to miss!
Watch for more information coming in The Pitch weekly email update and on our website under Tournaments. Save the Date: Labor Day Weekend, 2014!
Get Your Player on the Colorado Rapids Field!
It’s the last home game of the Colorado Rapids season and they’ve invited Real Colorado players to watch the game and walk on the field during warm-ups!
See the Colorado Rapids in action at a special price – just $23 (Face value $40) when you purchase your tickets using the link below. Then, take advantage of a special invitation to walk the field as the players warm-up.
Real Colorado families who purchase tickets using the link below will receive the discounted tickets and instructions on how to gain field access. Tickets are on sale until October 11th – don’t miss out!
Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Saturday, October 19th at 4:00pm
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
To purchase: http://www.rapidstix.com/realcoloradosc
Real Colorado players, coaches, family members and guests affiliated with the Real Colorado that purchases a ticket will also will receive a Rapids beanie. Real Colorado players and coaches will also have the opportunity to walk around the field during warm ups as well as be recognized as a club during our Youth Soccer Parade. Wearing your Real Colorado colors is strongly recommended!
A portion of each ticket price will also be donated to Real Colorado!
Real Colorado Foxes Camp
Youth Training School
Announcing YTS Spring Semester
Our spring semester Youth Training School (YTS) classes are open to U9 – U18 National and Olympico players, both Boys and Girls, across all positions including goalkeepers. Each class will offer our students the opportunity to take both a mental and physical approach to playing a more skillful game.
YTS @ Arapahoe Sports Dome – East Campus
- Start Date: Tuesday, February 11th
- Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
- Class Times: Classes begin at 6:00am & end sharp by 7:00am (With prior notice staff can be available prior to 6am for players who need to leave before 7am)
- Dates: February 11th – April 24th
YTS @ Westridge Rec Center – West Campus
- Start Date: Monday, February 24th 6-7am
- Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
- Class Times: Classes begin at 6:00am & end sharp by 7:00am (With prior notice staff can be available prior to 6am for players who need to leave before 7am)
- Dates: February 24th – April 24th
Our Flexible Player’s Pass System Helps You Maximize Your Player’s Training
Our YTS Player’s Pass or punch card system allows families to prepay for sessions and only be charged for the sessions their child attends:
- Cost: “YTS Players Pass” (Punch Card) Passes can be purchased by credit card or check made out to Real Colorado.
- $100 = 4 YTS Classes = $25/class
- $200 = 10 YTS Classes = $20/class
- $300 = 20 YTS Classes = $15/class
- Only pay for the classes your player attends and unused classes will carry over to future YTS Semesters. A single Players Pass can used for multiple siblings.
YTS encourages our players to choose when to attend and when to miss; allowing you to concentrate on school work, make-up games or simply to recover.
Parents: YTS makes your investment go farther! Buy more punches up front and pay less for each class, plus only pay for classes your player attends. Unused classes will carry over to upcoming classes, classes held at other campus locations or future semesters.
Coaches: YTS supports our National & Olympico Coaches, by aligning the morning classes to complement each team’s training plan, as well as consideration for our team’s game and tournament schedules. Not to mention your players will be provided proper instruction and quality touches while your opponents are sleeping!
Questions? Contact program administrators at YTS@realcolorado.net.
Sun Shines Bright for Real at Surf Cup
The Surf Cup is the premier soccer tournament in the country for teams starting at U12. Held in San Diego each year, this tournament often fields age groups solely from clubs with membership in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and US Soccer Development Academy. In the history of Colorado teams playing in the prestigious tournament, only 3 teams from Colorado have won the event (two are Real Colorado teams, but who’s counting?). Real Colorado’s U12 and U13 National girls teams competed in this year’s event and each performed strongly, advancing out of their group play into the elimination rounds.
The U13 Real Colorado National team came back from 2 down in their first game to tie the Mustangs (ranked #4 in the country by SoccerAmerica) in their first game, were unlucky to tie against Surf (ranked #10 in the country by SoccerAmerica) 1-1 in their next game and finally defeated FC Heat from Las Vegas in their final game 2-0. The 13’s were defeated in the quarterfinals by the So Cal Blues (ranked #13 in the country by SoccerAmerica). The San Diego Surf team we tied in bracket play went on to win the tournament, further supporting the knowledge our team is rounding into good form and continuing to develop as one of the top teams in the country.
The U12 Real Colorado National team also played Mustang and Surf in bracket play, defeating Mustang 2-0 in the first game and losing to Surf in the second. Needing a victory over Leahi in the final bracket game, the team overcame an early goal to win 2-1 and secured the top seed in the bracket in moving into the quarterfinals. In an odd bracketing twist where two bracket winners faced in the quarterfinals, the Real Colorado team played the top seeded FC Dallas team (currently ranked #1 in the country by Gotsoccer) edging out a 1-0 victory. In the finals, the So Cal Eagles, eventual tournament champions, defeated Real Colorado to end their tournament run.
Just advancing in the Surf Cup is an accomplishment and the performance and effort of our young girls’ teams point to continued future success in the ECNL for Real Colorado.
Real Reaches New Heights in National Girl’s Soccer
This summer, Real’s U15 National girls ECNL team wrapped up a fantastic, undefeated season and for the first time, represented Real in the National ECNL 2013 Finals.
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is a national youth soccer league founded in 2009 for U15, U16 and U17 girls to provide the highest level of competition and the best developmental environment for American female youth soccer players, as well as an identification program for identifying players for US Soccer Youth National Teams.
Real is one of only 76 total clubs nationwide that is part of the ECNL.
After eleven months of intense competition, the top sixty-four ECNL teams traveled to Richmond, Virginia to compete in the 2013 ECNL Finals, which kicked-off with a blind draw on July 10. Real’s undefeated U15 ECNL team was among the competitors and after beating the Texans 6-2, Concorde Fire 3-0 and the Dallas Sting 3-1, the team lost its only game all season, ending the final match 2-0 to Eclipse.
Despite the loss, it was a massive achievement to reach the National final. Top Drawer Soccer.com agreed, naming three Real players to their ECNL National Finals Best XI: U14/U15 list – click here to read the full article.
When we asked the girls about their time at the Finals, we expected to hear something about the final match, but what we heard was sage advice that any player can benefit from:
Play the game not the occasion
The desire to win is greater than the fear of losing
Respect your opponent but don’t fear anyone
Play for your teammates not just for yourself, because it takes a team to win
Play with your heart not your head
Don’t let your mind sike you out and, do what got you there
Playing the game is one thing playing with your heart is another
The toughest losses, make the strongest teams
We have been through a lot together, but no matter what, no one can take away our desire to win, or the greatness of this team.
Keep moving forward don’t fall back
Learn what the game is teaching you. Don’t have a closed mind.
Work hard for each other
Don’t let your nerves dictate how you play
Congratulations to the entire U15 ECNL team for an amazing season and for representing your club and yourselves so well during the Finals!
Real Teams Heat Up the Denver Cup
Last weekend, Real teams took to the fields at the 2013 Denver Cup, a pre-season tournament open to U11 – U19 boys and girls elite teams.
More than 200 teams played in the tournament, representing clubs from across Colorado as well as nearby states such as Kansas, Missouri, California, Texas and more.
Real’s National and Olympico boys teams had a strong showing across the U11, 12 and 13 age groups, collectively winning 5 championships.
The U13 Boys National team took second place in their bracket after coach Shawn Comegys led the team to three straight victories.
The U13 Olympico boys started the preseason off string with decisive wins over Rush and Rapids. They battled back from a 2 goal deficit to tie up their game against the Chivas and secure their spot in the championship match.
The finals saw a rematch with our boys once again taking on the Chivas. It was a close game, with a nil-nil score at half time. An inspiring pep talk by coach Jack at half time led to an early second half score by Zach. The defense was able to hold off several late runs, and the U13′s came out champions with a 1-0 win over the Chivas.
In addition, the Real girls Olympico, Red, White and Athletico teams competed across the U11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 age groups, including a win in an all-Real final in the U11 Girls Silver flight.
What’s it Like to Watch Your Player in a Tournament? Here’s some perspective from Thom Robinson, parent of a U12 Boys Olympico team player.
Denver Cup 2013
U12B Silver – Bracket B
Real Colorado 01/02 Boys Olympico
Game 1 Thursday 4:15pm on the turf at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Real Colorado 01/02 Boys Olympico vs. Westminster AF Cosmos
A nervous team took the field. With 6 new players and no real games played yet, they would use this as the first real test. The possession stats were well in our favor with plenty of opportunities, but the nerves played a part and they were not able to score very often. Our keeper came off at the half, he was not feeling well. The second half possession continued as our fill in keeper never touched the ball! The game ended 2-0 for Real, but could have been higher. With this one under our belt, we were ready for tomorrow’s game.
Game 2 Friday 1:00pm field 21 at Dick’s on the grass
Real Colorado 01/02 Boys Olympico vs. Arsenal Colorado Blue 01/02
Hoping to build on the possession stats from yesterday and have more good scoring chances, the team took the field with confidence. We once again were able to control the ball well, stringing many passes together at a time and changing direction well. The boys were very aggressive with their shots and managed to get 4 in the net. Our keeper was back and played a good game, still not being 100 percent though. The only score came from an unstoppable penalty shot taken in the second half. 4-1 Real and the momentum was building.
Game 3 Saturday 2:20pm field 22 at Dick’s on the grass
Real Colorado 01/02 Boys Olympico vs. North Area Rush U12
Sensing what was on the line, the boys played hard and with single minded purpose for the whole game. We upped our goal scoring with more quality shots on goal this time, putting 5 in the back of the net. Our keeper, finally at full strength kept a clean sheet. The game ended 5- nil and we were going to the final for the second year in a row!
Game 4 Sunday 11:30am field 4 at Dick’s on the grass
Real Colorado 01/02 Boys Olympico vs. New Mexico Rush Tornadoes
This was going to be a battle from the beginning if the records were any indication. The Rush team was ranked 17th in the Nation and number 1 in New Mexico. Good thing we did not know this at the time. They had outscored their opponents by 19 goals and had not been scored on in the whole tournament yet! The Real team was very new and inexperienced but had been building and gaining confidence with every game. They had scored 11 times and only given up 1 goal, on a penalty shot. Tension and nerves were high on and off the field. Both sides had a very large cheering section and that made game even more intense.
The game started off and both teams seemed to be feeling each other out, seeing what they could do, probing for weaknesses and trying to put runs together. The Real team had the best first chance when they drove into the box and got fouled right away. They lined up for the penalty shot. It scored! Real had become the first team to score on the New Mexico Rush team in the whole tournament. The game level rose even higher for the rest of the half, very tense on and off the field. The half time whistle blew, still 1-nil Real. Excitement on the parent’s sideline grew and we wondered if we could finish out the second half this way.
The whistle blew to start the second and the level of play took off to a whole new level. Within 5 minutes, Rush had evened the score on a coverage breakdown during a corner kick. The hard high shot in the box would have scored on anyone and the game leveled-up another notch. Not too long after that, an intercepted ball by the defense came to our midfielder, he dribbled across the field, crossed midfield and took off down the sideline beating and dragging three with him along the way. Then a perfectly timed and weighted pass made it to the forward as the midfielder crashed and 2 bodies were on the ground. The forward took the ball, got past the last defender and drove toward goal; the keeper challenged and flew to the ball but only got a hand on it. The forward kept the ball and finished it to the near side just inside the post! Go ahead goal 2-1. WOW, what a game! Play continued evenly for both sides and was very aggressive. With less than 10 minutes to go in the game, another defensive error on a set piece allowed a striker in the box to shoot and it scored. All tied up at 2’s. The end of the game was sounded and we waited to hear what the format was for overtime. (2) 10 minute halves, switch sides after 10 and Golden Goal! This could get exciting.
First overtime was rough, both sides putting runs together but not able to make anything happen. The whistle blew for the first ten, no score. The second overtime was just a rough with the Real boys starting to show some fatigue, some passes were going wide of the mark and runs were decidedly slower than earlier in the game. The 80 minutes ended with no score. Penalty kicks up next. Rush goes first. Both of the first takers scored, Real then had a miss. On the third shot for rush, the Real keeper had a brilliant save and Real made their shot. All tied at two. Rush then had a miss and a score and Real had a score and a miss. Would you believe all tied at the end of 5 shots, 3-3! The number 6 taker for Rush hit the post. This was the chance for Real. The Real number 6 stepped and buried the shot for the win. Real WINS! That was a GREAT game!