CHALLENGE PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
The SVU Challenge program is offered in the Fall and Spring and provides the opportunity for young players to develop their soccer skills and teamwork in a professional environment. SVU is a long-time advocate of small-sided games, which promote player development across all age groups.
Teams in our travel program are formed in Birth Years. CLICK HERE to see our Age group chart.
Technical Development: Ball Mastery/Control (Dribbling), Receiving & Passing, Striking the Ball, Shooting, Crossing & Finishing
Introduction to Individual/Small-Group Tactics, Principles of Attacking & Defending
System Development, Positional/Functional Development
Who is the Challenge Program for?: Your child who is searching for professionally led coaching in an organized and competitive environment, excels in their current program, or is interested in playing travel soccer in the future; Challenge program is perfect for them.
Is there any Tryouts?: No. With no tryouts, parents/players are free to determine whether Challenge is right for them based on player athleticism, soccer experience, and potential interest in further soccer development.
What Challenge Match Days look like? Challenge match days will be a combination of intra-squad days and competition vs local regional opponents in festival formats e.g. CVU (lynchburg), Culpeper SC, Soca (Charlottesville) etc. This is to serve as an introduction to our Travel soccer program.
Challenge Matches Format:
U7/U8: format is 4v4 or 5v5
U9/U10: format is 7v7
FALL 2023 IMPORTANT DATES:
Training Begins: Week of August 28th
Potential Match Dates: All Saturdays: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 (make up date).
Match Locations: Horizons Edge & Monger Fields will be home fields.
U7-U8 FALL 2023 AGE GROUP TRAINING SCHEDULE:
u7/u8 age group will have two (2) x 1 hour training sessions per week.
- Tuesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm & Thursday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
U9/10 GIRLS FALL 2023 AGE GROUP TRAINING SCHEDULE:
u9/u10 age groups will have two (2) x 1.5 hour training sessions per week.
- Monday 5:30pm-7:00pm & Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm.
U9-U10 BOYS FALL 2023 AGE GROUP TRAINING SCHEDULE:
u9/u10 age group will have two (2) x 1.5 hour training sessions per week.
- Tuesday 6:00pm-7:30pm & Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Monday & Tuesday training session Horizons Edge Sports Complex. Thursday sessions will be held at JMU Sentara Park.
$165 for all U7-U8
$195 for all U9-U10
*This does not include the Jersey fee ($24.00).
WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL NEED:
- Shin Guards
- Soccer Ball (appropriate size)
- Water Bottle
- Match Day Uniform, purchased through SVU
U7-U8: Size 3 (5v5)
U9-U10: Size 4 (7v7)