About A.C. Connecticut

Formally CFC Azul, A.C. Connecticut joined the USL’s Premier Development League (PDL) for the 2012 season, becoming the only soccer franchise based in Connecticut. Along with a men’s PDL team, A.C. Connecticut will work closely with local travel programs and provide the area’s best regional soccer program involving the best local soccer ambassadors and coaches, using the best facilities and focusing on the technical, tactical, physical and psychosocial components of the game to improve our players.

Players will have a distinct pathway, through Developmental (U9-U11) – Regional teams (U12 – U17 A.C. Connecticut) – Academy (Beachside) – PDL (Mens A.C. Connecticut).

Regional Program

Club Structure

edp nycslRegional teams will be formed from U12-U17. Teams will be allocated to a regional league depending on their strength (either the EDP or the NYCSL). Each team will train 3 times a week in the Spring, Winter and Fall. Two of those nights will be on the field with their coach and the third night will be with a fitness trainer working on speed, agility and quickness (U12-U14), strength and conditioning (U15+) and Futsal, which is widely encouraged by the federation.

 

 

 

All fitness and Futsal programs will be conducted at the NYA Sports and Fitness Center and are included in the registration fees. A.C. Connecticut has hired a full time conditioning expert to work with the youth programs and the men’s team.

Developmental/ID Program Overview

Developmental/ID Program Overview

A.C. Connecticut’s ID program is a 10 month program designed to supplement the current town/travel programs. Players will train and play (restricted scrimmages*) on Saturday mornings from September – June. This program will take place year-round at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center from 8:30-10am.

Training sessions will focus on developing a player’s ultimate potential and long term development. Our goal is to help players progress their technique, tactics, physical ability and psychological factors that will allow them to be top players at the next level.

Developmental/ID program

$550/year – 10 month program (September 2014 – June 2015), includes training shirt.

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$200/fall – 3 month program (September 2014 – November 2015), includes training shirt.

$200/winter – 3 month program (January 2014 – March 2015), includes training shirt.

$200/spring – 3 month program (April 2014 – June 2015), includes training shirt.

 

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*Scrimmages are played within the pool of players against guest teams once a month. There will be playing restrictions implemented by our coaching staff to ensure that techniques and tactics worked on in practice are executed in games. The first 30 minutes of this session will be focused on speed, agility and quickness to prepare the young players for the scrimmage.

Beachside Collaboration

AzulBS“A.C. Connecticut is focused on putting players in the correct environment to develop and compete, from top to bottom,” A.C. Connecticut General Manager Robin Schuppert said. “Working with Beachside and local travel clubs, we will provide players a distinct pathway to develop and play at the regional, Academy, Super-20 and PDL level.  Beachside’s BSC CT Academy is one of only two Connecticut clubs playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League, where the best youth soccer in the country is played. It’s where committed players want to be to prepare for college and professional careers.

We will build our club the right way: in cooperation with USYS community based clubs, and including their coaching staff in our program. The vast majority of young players’ first experience with soccer is in their local USYS program, and the quality of that experience is essential for enthusiastic young athletes to choose soccer as their main sport.

We look forward to playing in the Eastern Development Program: it’s leagues offer the highest level of play for boys’ premier soccer in the Northeast.”

A.C. Connecticut and Beachside both believe in attracting, developing and maintaining coaches with the highest level of Integrity, Competency and Commitment to help outstanding players play attractive, skillful and attacking team soccer through a quality over quantity developmental approach.

“This is an exciting development for both organizations,” Beachside Soccer Club President Mickey Kydes said. “The A.C. Connecticut organization, along with the PDL franchise, will be a great program that will enable us to support the young talent in the Northwest of the state and at the same time offer a path to PDL play for our older players.”

Beachside Soccer Club will send staff to A.C. Connecticut Juniors tryouts in early June. A.C. Connecticut’s best regional players will be able to advance to the Academy level. A.C. Connecticut will track Beachside’s top Academy and Super 20 players so they can progress to the highest level of soccer during and after their college careers.

About Beachside Soccer Club:

A non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club is a leading premier educational soccer program for boys and girls in New England, featuring teams that compete and succeed at the regional level. The program provides high quality soccer and character developmental opportunities for the area’s most talented and committed youth soccer players.

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