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The Junior academy is our 9v9 teams (U11 &U12). This is a step towards the game becoming much more realistic.  No more play out lines, more realistic formations, offsides, Red and Yellow cards and 3 Referees. The only difference from the real game is at U11 where you still cannot head the ball but at U12 you can.

The practice environment also changes as our coaching staff will start to implement more tactical knowledge to the players. This is done through small group training, 2v2,3v2,3v3, and the introduction of new positions and the concept to play through zones. The focus is more on team concept than individual. The focus is to pass the ball instead of dribble. Dribbling is encouraged at the correct opportunity.

The commitment to play and compete goes up as does the level of play. In the Junior academy players will be expected to train 3 nights a week and play in league games or tournaments 3 out of 4 weekends in a month.

​​​​​​​Quick Facts

  • Players are selected at a tryout to become a member of the Junior Academy – this is a squad of emerging competitive players.
  • During the first 4-6 weeks of practice, our professional staff organize players by ability.
  • 2 scheduled 60-75 minute training sessions per week and game festivals.
  • Extra Training (3rd night) offered of players wishing to dedicate more time to the game.
  • All players participate in the club's Leadership and Citizenship Program.
  • Teams will participate in the Open League (6 games in Fall and 6 games in Spring), tournaments (6 minimum).
  • Parents order the PRFC Adidas Uniform package including, training uniform, home and away uniform, bag and tracksuit.
  • Players must wear soccer cleats (safety on grass) and shin guards to practices and games.
  • Professionally coached following the Phoenix Rising Technical Plan.
  • Game format mandated by US Soccer


The Junior Academy Program is for players in 9v9 game formats.  The Junior Program in Arizona (organized by Arizona Soccer Association) is designed to achieve development goals:

  • We are building in the present for the future of the age group and teams.
  • Squads - the entire group of players are in a pool (squad) to begin the season so that coaches can accurately evaluate and place players into ability groups.
  • Once groups are established,  the Director of Coaching and the coaching team reserve the right to move players freely to benefit individual player development.
  • There may be 2, 3, or 4 ability based player pools.
  • Ideally, players are not cut from an Academy Program.   Cuts will be made to maintain ideal roster sizes and to ensure the player benefits from the experience.
  • 'Development Player' opportunities may be offered to players with potential of making the team or players joining the club after tryouts when a roster is full.  Development players train with the team and can attend extra training opportunities.
  • Most important for development is establishing an ideal training environment.  In that training environment the coaching team may work with all the players - sometimes split and sometimes together.
  • Within the squad, we select players to teams based on the coach's judgement of player readiness and ability. 
  • For most players we anticipate their performances to flow up and down with relatively little predictability.
  • No placement is indefinite ... we will reevaluate constantly and make decisions on what is best for the development of the player and team-mates. To this end, some players will move between team and between age groups throughout the season.
  • Playing-up is a feature of Academy-Style development and we purposefully leave room on rosters to allow some players to get extra games.
  • Practicing-up is also a feature of PRFC North Valley's Academy approach, players may be offered the opportunity to join an older age group for practice .
  •  Our teams will participate in the Open League offered by Arizona State Soccer - game schedules are released 2-3 weeks before the commencement of the games for each season (Fall and Spring).
  • We are committed to the long-term development of players - unless a current player does not fit with a team,  players will be invited to join the team for the next season before tryouts (a feature of our club that is unique).
  • We will re-evaluate the overall strategy regularly and adjust to benefit player development.