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The Houston Express Soccer Club Academy Program (“Academy”) consists of the U8-U10 age groups within the Houston Express Program. The Academy program aims to prepare players for the technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands encountered in older age groups.
The Academy consists of two major components, all of which are crucial to maximum player development:
The Academy is the first step toward integration of players into our style of play and toward preparing them developmentally to compete for places on our highest level teams. Additionally, Houston Express players who have graduated from The Academy have qualified in record numbers at the Olympic Development Program’s State and Regional levels, have been involved in US Soccer’s Training Centers, and have played at collegiate levels. Be a part of our culture and future.
Houston Express is committed to a consistent style of play across all age groups and genders which, offensively, is a possession game that encourages creativity, flair and confidence with the ball while taking on defenders and, defensively, emphasizes application of one-on-one and group defending tactics to pressure opponents into giving up the ball. Our style of play is implemented through use of a proprietary curriculum that all Academy coaches teach to ensure proper and consistent player development.
Academy teams train twice weekly, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:50 pm, and all training sessions are organized and run by the HESC Coaching Staff. Houston Express assigns an Express staff coach to each team, which runs the training sessions throughout the season in accordance to the HESC curriculum.
Academy teams play league games with their teams on Sunday afternoons within the Player Development Friendlies (PDF) League. Roughly half of the games are played at HESC fields with the other half at area fields generally located within a 45-minute drive from our South Campus fields.
Academy teams play 1 to 4 pre/post-season tournaments per year.