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We have some exciting news to share with you!

The Indianola Soccer Tribe club has been granted provisional approval to have an Iowa Soccer 9U-10U Academy program, effective spring 2018 date.  As part of the overall program requirements, Academy teams from our club will be placed in a league schedule against other Academy program clubs’ teams effective the spring 2018 season.

What does this mean?

The fall 2018 Academy program is open to any player (boys and girls born between 2009-20010 who have a desire to further develop their soccer skills and receive professional training. Special request for players playing up must be approved by the Academy Director or Board. The Academy structure will follow the guidelines established by the Iowa Soccer Association.


  • June 11, 2018:          Registration begins
  • July 2, 2018:             $15 Late Fee begins
  • July 28, 2018:           Registrations close


What is Academy?

The purpose of the Academy is to create an appropriate developmental environment to help player enjoyment, resulting in increased player retention.
The Academy program is a critical component which helps facilitate effective player development as it provides players with weekly training by a professional coaching staff.
Academy offers two options for the 9U and 10U age groups (Academy and Recreational).  The intent behind offering two levels of play at this level is to provide players with the opportunity to play with and against players of similar ability and commitment and at a level where they will experience the most success and enjoyment.

Goals of Academy

  • Be developmentally appropriate
  • Provide meaningful competition
  • Provide improved competition formats for players to enjoy and develop
  • Provide coaching education standards and resources
  • Take a common sense approach to matters so as to best support a fun and developmentally appropriate playing environment


Academy vs. Recreational - How to choose

The difference between participating in an Academy program or Recreational program lies in the level of investment, commitment and interest of the players and their families. To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in an Academy Program. If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to the Academy level of play. However, it should be noted that during a player’s soccer development they may move back and forth between Academy and Recreational play.


  • Demonstrates a solid technical foundation (control, dribbling, and shooting)
  • Physically stronger than most players within their age group
  • Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
  • High level of coordination and good agility
  • During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
  • During games tends to dominate the play
  • Demonstrates high level of passion and concentration during practices and games
  • Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities they are involved in
  • Soccer is a high priority and they have a passion to play
  • Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices
  • U10 player who will try-out for the U11 competitive age group in the following year.



The cost of the program is $180 this fall season.

Training sessions will be held 2-3 nights per week in Indianola; under the direction of a professional coaching staff and assistance of qualified parent coach. Training sessions last approximately 60-75 minutes in duration.

Academy teams will play in the Iowa Soccer Academy league and play approximately 6-8 matches. Academy matches are played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Academy clubs must still follow recreational play guidelines, such as 50% playing time in matches. The emphasis is placed on creating an environment that is focused on individual development as opposed to team development.

In addition to the league matches, the teams will also, participate in no more than 2 tournaments (festivals) per season.

Coaching Staff:
Parent coaches must attend a National Youth Module Course and/or a USSF ’E’ License course in order to participate in the training and coaching of the players at matches.

Team Formation:
In accordance with ISA rules.

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Indianola Soccer Tribe

PO Box 163 
Indianola, Iowa 50125

Email Us: [email protected]
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