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.

Learn more about the Newton Academy Program.

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. 

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
  • Desires to play soccer with like-minded, competitive peers


  • Participants will commit to three seasons, Fall, Winter and Spring.
  • Players will be on two teams
    • Junior Academy professionally coached team (weekly training only)
    • 2nd grade Juniors parent-led team (weekly training and games; must participate to be eligible for the Junior Academy)

2021 – 2022 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 DatesSeptember 2021 - June 2022
PracticesPlayers will train in the Fall and Spring on Tuesday nights 5:00 - 6:00 pm at Albemarle (Fall) or Highlands (Spring). The Winter practice session time TBD. All practices will be coordinated with both programs (Grade 2 team and Junior Academy) to minimize schedule conflicts.
UniformPlayers will wear a navy-blue practice jersey, purchased for an additional fee through the NGS Store.
Fee$700. May be paid in full or in three installments: $300 due at registration. $200 due November 15. $200 due January 15.
Refund PolicyCancellations made by October 31 are eligible for a partial refund. $300 is nonrefundable. If fees were paid in full, $400 will be refunded. Players on an installment plan will have their $400 balance voided. After October 31, there are no refunds unless the program is cancelled or the player has a season-ending injury. If a player has a season-ending injury or illness, she may receive a prorated refund. A note from a doctor must be submitted within two weeks of the injury.
Registration DatesJune 1 - June 30, 2021. After June 30, late registrations will be accepted only if there is still space available.