Junior Academy FAQs
What is the Junior Academy Program?
Real Colorado Junior Academy is a program for U9 and U10 players that encourages players to compete in a competitive environment. Players are selected and placed on teams by ability, performance and mentality. Junior Academy players get the benefit of paid professional Real Colorado coaches and a more competitive environment. To match your child’s age to our programs, please click here for our birthdate chart. If your child’s birth date falls under the U11 or older player category, you can find out more about Real’s competitive soccer program.
Can I join the Junior Academy during a season?
How much does the Junior Academy cost?
*Registration fees are $725 per season, $1450 for the year, payments can be made in 3 installments each season for National and Olympico teams. Registration fees are $625 per season, $1250 for the year, payments can be made in 3 installments each season for Red, White, Gold, Silver, etc… teams.
This includes Real Colorado fees, Colorado Youth Soccer team/player registration, referee fees, regular field rental expenses and maintenance, and coach’s fees. The fees do not include indoor space rental, tournament fees, or expenses, camps, uniform or other team expenses. As mentioned above, many teams choose to continue their training and participate in tournaments and indoor leagues during the off season. These extra activities do incur additional costs and while not required as part of the program, are encouraged to foster individual and team development.
*These are subject to change and are only accurate for the current season – Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Do I need to register to tryout?
Why are Junior Academy registration fees so much higher than recreational fees?
The Junior Academy is a stepping stone into our competitive program that begins at U11. Players in this program get a paid coach, train 3x per week, have paid officials and are directly overseen by the Real Colorado professional staff.
What is the Refund Policy?
Age Groups, Games & Practices
How many players per team?
How many practices are there each week?
What is the season schedule?
Can my player play other sports while committed to Real?
What to expect on the field - players in the game, ball size.
Junior Academy games are played with 7 players per side. Teams will use a goalie and play with a size 4 ball.
Who will coach the Junior Academy teams?
How many Junior Academy teams are formed and what teams are there?
How are players assigned to each team?
What if my player wants only to play goalkeeper?
Goalkeepers participate in tryouts in a similar fashion to field players.
Can a player move up or down teams?
What are the uniforms for Junior Academy?
Uniforms will be consistent with the normal recreational uniforms and can be purchased from our apparel partner, Soccer Stop. Numbers are not required for league play, but are required for most tournaments. Check out our uniforms page to learn more.