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Advanced Programming

Academy Program

Players involved in Sporting Columbia's Advanced  Programming are on  that teams compete in competitive and non local leagues and tournaments. Sporting Columbia is dedicated to providing the highest level of coaching and training available.


Sporting Columbia strives to serve as the premier soccer platform for central Missouri, providing an unparalleled experience that supports the players and teams abilities to reach their full potential within the sport.

Under 8-U19:

The Academy programming option at Sporting Columbia is the top program in the developmental pyramid at the club. The program is aimed at providing a professional environment for the committed soccer player looking to develop their skills and abilities to a higher level. Player goals at this level range from reaching their full potential and level of achievement within the sport to playing soccer in college and beyond. These teams will be coached by professional licensed coaches who engage in year-round internal and external coaching education programming.  The program is overseen and directed by the full time professional coaching and administrative staff of the organization.

                                                         The Academy  Program

To assist in meeting our Mission Statement, Sporting Columbia developed our own Academy Program that operates as a traditional Academy would. 

The Program is a year-round program created to develop technical, confident, and passionate players who have a desire to excel in the sport. The Academy Program is divided into three phases, The Junior, Youth  and Senior Academy. 

Youth Academy: 

will provide a fun skill based environment designed for players to develop a positive long lasting relationship with the ball, their friends, and the sport of Soccer.  This Program is for U8-7 year olds. 

The Youth Academy:

will provide age group specific coaching standards, player skill benchmarks, and additional training opportunities for the age groups U9-U14. 

The Senior Academy:

will provide age group specific coaching standards, player skill benchmarks, and additional training opportunities for age groups U15-U19. 

The Academy Program is run by a professional coaching staff that receives ongoing education throughout the year both internally and externally. Sporting Columbia hires and retains highly qualified professionally licensed coaches, and we support their growth through in house and external coaching education opportunities, knowing that our staff's growth will be passed on to the players and families which we serve.


Benefits of the Academy Program:

  • Access to a full time and professional administrative and coaching staff that is the most experience and qualified in the Central Missouri Region

  • Access to professional and licensed coaches who engage in year-round coaching education

  • United Soccer Coaches Premier Member Club

  • Access to unique resources only available to us through our partnership with the MLS Club Sporting Kansas City. 

  • A comprehensive age-appropriate program structure that is supported by year-round individual and team training opportunities.

  • Ongoing Formal Player Evaluation Process

  • A developmental training curriculum with age specific standards, topics, and benchmarks that guides all of our individual and team-based programming.

  • College Advisory Program for our Senior Academy Players

  • Speed performance, and nutritional support for our athletes.

  • Access to a professional goalkeeping coach.



Additional Information

What are the age groups?
Our Academy program is available for age groups ranging from 7 years of age to 18. Click here to view our age matrix.

Do players have to try out?
Yes. Annual tryouts are held in early to mid June each year for all age groups. 

Players are encouraged to attend all tryout sessions for their age group to ensure coaches have ample opportunity to evaluate.

Tryouts are held at Sporting Columbia's Training Facility located at 5023 Roger Wilson Memorial Drive.

What if I missed tryouts?

At Sporting Columbia we recognize people move in and out of our community throughout the summer and offer the opportunity for new to our community or non current club players to come to a session and learn a little bit more about our programs and what we offer.  

These ID sessions are designed to allow our staff to evaluate players and determine if there is a fit within our program as well as to give players and families a chance to experience what we are all about as an organization. 

The Cost is Free to register and attend ID Camp


 When: August 9th and 10th


2012-2013s Boys and Girls   6-7:15pm

2011-2010 Boys and Girls    6-7:15pm

2009-2008 Boys and Girls    6:00-7:15pm

2007-2003 Boys and Girls     7:15-8:30pm.

What are the fees?
Player fees are set each May for the next seasonal year. Fees vary depending on anticipated overhead for the seasonal year.  A separate Club fee and Game fee are part of the new structure.

Club fee includes ball (U8-U12),  practice jerseys, practice shorts, salaries, Pride Park mortgage & maintenance and general club operating costs.

Breakdown of Club fee is as follows:
Pride Park 44.76%
Coach / Manager / Staff Salaries 36.35%
Membership / Insurance fees 6.92%
Miscellaneous (phones, ink, paper, banking, etc) 11.97%

Club fees include both the fall and spring seasons and are non-refundable. 

2021 / 2022 YEARLY Academy Fee Structure

Game fees will be collected separately based on team events and the number of rostered players (determined following tryouts).
Game fees are refundable should an event be cancelled.

Players are responsible for uniform purchase and travel expenses.

When & Where are practices?
Practice schedule will be determines by coaches and directors following team formation. Sessions are dependent upon field availability. Teams typically train two times per week. Start times vary and generally last for 1.5 - 2 hours depending on the age group. 

The majority of teams train exclusively at Sporting Columbia's Pride Park while others may utilize additional locations for team convenience. Fields vary depending on schedules. During times of wet field conditions coaches and managers may plan for an alternate location (school gym, etc)

When & Where are games?
Teams typically play in a league (M3, Heartland, SLYSA, KCML, etc), and one to two tournaments per season. Tournaments generally increase as players move to older divisions. 

Volunteer Obligation
Our mission is to build the best soccer Club possible and leave it stronger for the next generation of players and parents. Volunteers play an important part in that mission. If you are interested in serving on the Board or Directors, as a team manager, fundraising committee, etc. please let us know!

New Club fee structure now covers our Pride Park mortgage payment. We will host a Club trivia night for fundraising during the winter each seasonal year. 

Additional questions?
Please contact Director of Soccer, Nick Bestor via email


Jersey Information

Soccer Project

All Competitive team uniform orders are completed online via The Soccer Project website.