Long Island Junior Soccer League
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LIJSL Academy USL Youth FAQ

Where do the Academy USL Youth teams practice?

Practices will be held at a facility that will be located along the Nassau/Suffolk County border, it will be easily accessible from the East and West.

Is the USL Youth program year round?

The program predominantly takes place in the Spring and Summer.

What league do the USL Youth teams play in?

The LIJSL Academy USL Youth teams will be competing in the USL Youth league.

What is the difference between Academy USL Youth, Academy East, and Academy West?

Academy USL Youth teams play weekly league games in the USL Youth league. This warrants a stronger commitment to practice and playing for the players.

Academy East is a training based program geographically located in Mastic. The program places emphasis on training sessions with participation in a summer tournament. This program does not participate in USL Youth.

Academy West is a training based program geographically located in Garden City. The program places emphasis on training sessions with participation in a summer tournament. This program does not participate in USL Youth.

What is the cost of the program, and what does it include?

Academy USL Youth – Cost is $795, this includes all facility costs, coaching fees, league registration costs, referee fees, administration costs. This does not include the uniform cost.

What will teams do if there is no USL Youth play available for their age group?

Teams will play in three (3) tournaments in the months of July and August.

How often do the teams practice?

The teams will practice 1x weekly in the spring and move to 2x weekly once the LIJSL league play season is over.

What is the cost of the uniform?

Academy USL Youth uniform cost is anticipated to be between $150-$170 (based on cost from 2022 season, prices for 2023 are not available yet but are expected to be slightly higher than 2022).

What are the training dates?

Training is expected to start at the end of April or beginning of May.

When will I be notified if I made the team?

Selection notifications will be sent out early 2024.

Do I have to attend all 3 tryouts?

It is recommended that players attend all three sessions. This allows the coaches to see the best representation of them as players.

What is the commitment during the summer?

The Academy USL Youth program requires a strong commitment. Players are expected to be available for all training sessions and games in the summer.

How far will the teams have to travel for away games in USL Youth?

Travel in specific age groups will depend on which clubs are placed in that division, but could potentially be several hours away.

When do USL Youth games start?

The USL Youth games typically start at the end of June and can go through to the middle of August. If the team qualifies, the USL Youth National Championships are held in December.

Can players still play on their club teams while playing on the LIJSL USL Youth teams?

Yes, the LIJSL Academy USL Youth teams are supplemental to what players are doing with their club team.