Next Generation Academy
The Next Generation Academy, operated by our NC State Men’s Soccer Coaching Staff & Players, is being offered for the 2nd consecutive year for male players ages 7-13, and encourages youth players to focus on leadership development while maintaining a love for the game. Next Generation focuses on a holistic approach to developing youth soccer players. Next Generation prides itself on developing all aspects of the game; technical, tactical, physical, and social. Our main focus is to develop well-balanced players both on and off the field. A player’s love for the game will continue to grow as they gain quality technical training and leadership tools.
Next Generation will educate, encourage, empower and most importantly challenge young players to develop in each aspect of the game. The two-hour program will begin with a 20 minute leadership session where players will learn and develop leadership skills. It will conclude with a 120 minute small group field training session allowing players to grow their passion and development for the game.
Next Generation believes with encouragement, education and activity great players will develop and leaders will emerge. Space is very limited, and only 20 field players per age group will be accepted to the program on a first come first serve basis. These players will be mentored and trained by current and former NC State Men’s Soccer coaches and players, who know and understand the importance of developing all aspects of the game.
Alongside our field players, the Next Generation Academy will be running a specific goalkeeper training program. Goalkeepers will participate with the field players for the leadership portion of the program, and then train separately with Coach Walzer and our NC State Men's Soccer current and past goalkeepers.
The Next Generation Goalkeeper program will provide goalkeepers the resources to be successful both on and off the field in any environment. Goalkeepers will increase their knowledge off the field in areas of leadership, communication, relationship building, time management, work ethic, and respect which will ultimately increase their ability to manage the team during a training session or match. The complete goalkeeper not only is a good shot stopper but also proficient in many other on the field topics. What separates the elite goalkeeper from the rest of the pack is the ability to manage the team with leadership qualities. To reserve a spot in the Goalkeeper Academy, click on the signup button below, and make sure to select the Next Generation Academy-Goalkeepers option.
In addition to our Leadership & Technical Training component with the NC State Men's Soccer Coaching Staff and Players, all Next Generation Academy players will receive:
- A FREE 2019 Full Day Summer Camp Credit!
- Custom Adidas NC State Soccer Uniform (Jersey & Shorts)
- Custom Adidas NC State Soccer Training Jacket
The NC State Goalkeeper academy understands the positional requirements of the modern goalkeeper. The position demands have increased technically and tactically demanding us to be more of a more complete player. The responsibilities that a goalkeeper faces in training and match environments is more than just standing between two posts, and it is important to receive training that develops all the different topics related to the game. To be great goalkeepers we must train in many areas that ultimately decrease goal scoring chances inside and outside of the penalty area. At the Academy Mini Camp we will cover all areas that are displayed with our game and how it relates to the connectivity of the team. The mini camp is a great way to prepare for pre-season so that you are ready for the physical and mental demands you will be put through once entering your specific team environment.
During the NC State Goalkeeper Academy Mini Camp goalkeepers will learn the technical skills needed to be successful and tactical savvy from playing in game like situations, under the guidance of NC State’s goalkeeper coach, coaching the player from in the goal and not from the sideline.
NC State Goalkeeper Academy offers goalkeeper training packages for groups of up to 6 players. Group training sessions are available for groups from 2-6 players who would like to train in a group atmosphere. Group Trainings are a great way to train with your friends!
Individual Goalkeeper training is a great resource to have the personalized attention needed so that you can focus on the topics that are directly relevant to your individual play. These customized sessions provide specialized training for the individual. A private training program will improve an athlete's athleticism, conditioning, technical and tactical ability and raise their overall level of play. This is the perfect solution for players who need intense and focused training with flexible scheduling to meet their developmental needs.
All of the sessions that we conduct will be sessions that are run with the NC State goalkeepers during their developmental periods and main season training. Find out what it is like to train as a top collegiate goalkeeper!