Academy Soccer Program

Developmental Academy Program 


About Developmental Academy Program (DAP)

Our Developmental Academy program is designed for players aged 6, 7, and 8.  We provide a structured, yet empowering environment for young soccer players to learn to make decisions, make mistakes, and play with freedom within tactical structures while gaining technical skills to execute their decisions.  This program is beneficial for players interested in playing Travel Soccer.

  • Non-tryout program.

  • U7/U8 Program is for players born in 2012/2013

  • Practices are Monday and Fridays, and Games are Saturdays

U7/U8 Program


  1. Pool Play - The U7/U8 players will be separated by gender, and train in specific groups. 
  2. Game-Based Training - experiential learning, proven to increase motivation.
  3. Technical Skills In Context: Players will work on various skills that require decisions.
  4. Station work - An approach to encompass multiple methodologies and topics at once.
  5. Training Topics Decided after evaluation of the groups - then season-long plans will be formulated.


  1. Teams will be mixed up within the pool. 
  2. Game times will always be the same (schedules TBD)
  3. The score will not be kept, and the games may be constrained in different ways.
  4. The only purpose for games is for learning, not for winning.



It is our mission at Dynamo Soccer Club to help your child to become a better player and a better person.  This is our Club philosophy.   We are experienced in doing so with USSF and United Soccer Coaches approved teaching methods that allow for a holistically efficient player including components of psychological, physical, technical, and tactical growth.  Our age-appropriate training is always developmentally focused, meaning that the Dynamo Academy Program does NOT focus on winning, the Dynamo Academy Program focuses on developing your child’s character and skills at their own developmental pace.  We are dedicated to the development and preparation of players to express themselves in our Travel Program.


Costs and Fees

DAP Costs and Fees


U7/U8 Boys and Girls Season Fee: $170 Due upon Acceptance.

Gear Fee: $68 (2 jerseys, shorts, socks). 2 Grey Practice shirts are free.


Academy Parents

Parents at Practice vs. Parents at Games:

We ask that you allow us to work with the players without any parent intervention. We do not allow parents to sit or stand on the sidelines of practices. There is usually an area about 30 yards away or so where parents will group together and get to know each other. If you or a family member is too close to the practice field, we will politely ask you to step away a bit to allow your child to function the best at practice. At the end of practice, we will walk all the players down towards the parents where you can pick them up and head home. We ask for your cooperation and understanding regarding this matter.

Each child will receive 2 grey practice shirts.  On game days we ask that your child show up wearing one of the grey practice shirts and also bring their jersey with them. We ask for your cooperation and understanding regarding this matter. There are a few reasons for that:

  1. This is part of the culture of soccer. As your child moves closer to travel this will become the norm. You show up wearing your practice shirt, then change into your game jersey before the game.
  2. When Academy plays against another Academy team, one team will be wearing the red jersey and one team will be wearing the grey practice shirt as their jersey. It will be unknown until you arrive at the field which one your child will be wearing, so we ask that you please bring both.

Academy Parent Resources:

Soccer Parenting Website: This site provides loads of information about the world of being a soccer parent.

A simple guide to being a soccer parent. 



Contact Us:
Located at:
8175 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville VA 23111
Office Number:
804-730 6510
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