Junior Academy

NGS is pleased to offer a NEW opportunity for select second graders, the Junior Academy Program. The Academy Program is a part of NGS and combines the best aspects of professionally-coached club soccer with the unique strengths and conveniences of Newton Girls Soccer. We currently field competitive and development teams for Grades 3 – 8. The Junior Academy will introduce our Academy program to NGS 2nd graders.

Participating in this 2nd grade program does not guarantee players a spot for the 3rd Grade Academy Program and beyond. Each year, the highest skilled players are invited to join the Academy Program based on coach evaluations and Travel assessments. 

Learn more about the Newton Academy Program.

The Junior Academy program will focus on developing fundamental technical skills in preparation for 3rd grade NGS Travel and Academy soccer.  There are no tryouts for the Junior Academy.  However, parents should carefully consider their child’s readiness before registering, as the program falls on the more competitive side of the NGS Spectrum of Play.  

Note: If the Junior Academy Program does not seem to fit your daughter’s level of skill and interest, NGS also offers a Skills Development Program. This program is also professionally coached, but is suitable for all levels of NGS players. The focus is on player development and enjoyment of the game!

Junior Academy Candidate Qualifications

  • Currently registered for NGS Juniors Grade 2 soccer
  • Highly motivated and seeking an increased challenge
  • Have the drive and time to commit to additional training beyond a weekly practice and game with their NGS Juniors team 
  • On-track to play NGS Travel soccer in 3rd grade 
  • May want to be considered for the Grade 3 Academy Program for the 2021-2022 season
  • Desires to play soccer with like-minded, competitive peers


  • Participants will commit to one-season, Spring 2021 only.
  • Players will be on two teams
    • Junior Academy professionally coached team (weekly training only)
    • 2nd grade Juniors parent-led team (weekly training and games)

Program Details

ParticipantsCurrent NGS 2nd graders, who are highly motivated and seeking an increased challenge before starting travel soccer in 3rd grade.
Pre-requisitePlayers must participate in the 2nd grade Juniors parent-led team (weekly training and games) to be eligible for the Junior Academy.
SelectionThere are no tryouts. All interested, qualified players may register for the program until it is full.
CoachesThe team will work directly with NGS DOC Shaun McBrien, as well as other professional coaches on staff.
CurriculumThe focus will be on fundamental technical skills such as ball mastery, dribbling, striking technique and 1v1 beat the defenders moves.
Season DatesApril 13 - June 15, 2021. The team will meet for 10 sessions, including the NPS vacation week.
PracticesTuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Practices will be coordinated with both programs (Juniors and Academy) to minimize schedule conflicts.
UniformPlayers will wear a navy-blue practice jersey, purchased for an additional fee through the NGS Store.
Registration DatesMarch 2 - March 31, 2021.

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