The York Region Soccer Association is pleased to launch its York Academy Player Program beginning in May 2018. The program is aimed at discovering and guiding the best young district players from U12 through U16 and rewarding them with extra opportunities to develop their skills, challenging them in a very competitive environment. The player identification process involves all technical leaders and their respective Clubs.
The York Academy Player Program will provide extra curricula specific to high performance that will enhance player development in a controlled and monitored environment, where they can display and improve their standards and potentially be rewarded with professional opportunities.
The Program intends to deliver a coaching and playing philosophy based on merit, without financially penalizing participants (the program is cost free) with the ultimate goal to help bridge the current gap between competitive and high performance.
For questions regarding the York Academy Player Program, please contact YRSA Director of Soccer - Tony Fonseca.
Is this program for boys and girls?
Yes, in as many age groups as possible, U12 to U16, we will be offering the program to boys and girls.
Do I have to leave my Club team?
No! We encourage players to remain with their current Club team.
What is the length of the program?
The program runs from May to October.
How often is training?
The training will take place twice a month.
How long are the training sessions?
The sessions will be approx. 90 minutes long.
Where is the program?
The sessions will generally take place at the Concord Thornhill Regional Park.
Who cancels the training due to weather?
You will receive an email from the YRSA if a session is cancelled for any reason.
Will there be any games?
This is a training program. There may be additional exhibition games or tournaments added.
What if I can’t make it to a session?
Please inform the YRSA.
Is there any cost to participate?
The program is offered at no cost to players.
How can I enter my child in the program?
The YRSA is taking recommendations from Club Technical Directors for identified players.
My Club doesn’t have a TD, what should I do to get a recommendation?
Speak with your Club Sr Staff member who will contact the YRSA for an assessment.
Who will be coaching the training sessions?
Tony Fonseca will be coaching, along with other highly qualified guest coaches.
Will there be specific Goalkeeping sessions?
Yes! We have an outstanding line up of coaches for our keepers.
Can parents stay for the practice?
Yes, parents are welcome to stay for the sessions.
I’m a soccer coach. May I come to watch training sessions?
Yes, coaches are welcome to attend. We ask that you first contact Tony Fonseca.