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New York Red Bulls Girls Pre-Academy Teams FAQ

What is the Red Bulls Girls Pre-Academy Teams Program?

The purpose of the New York Red Bulls Girls Pre-Academy Teams is to identify and develop the elite level youth female soccer players in the New York metro area and provide them with the best possible developmental experience.

What are the goals and objectives of the Red Bulls Girls Pre-Academy Teams?

Short term:

  • To develop confident, competent players with a reliable and diverse technical foundation and tactical understanding.
  • To help players improve their physical attributes by utilizing a professional support network, scientific research and testing and retesting.
  • To develop players character through emphasis on brand values and identities.

Mid term:

  • Prepare players to play against elite competition in the top girls leagues on the East Coast.

Long term:

  • Provide players with the pathway to play at the highest level of the game and fulfill their dreams of playing professional soccer.

Where will the teams be based?

Our Pre-Academy Teams will be primarily based at Montclair State University, home of our professional reserve team RBII.

How often will the teams train?

Each team will enjoy three sessions per week throughout the spring and fall seasons.

Our goal across the course of the year is to provide the players with a 4:1 training to game ratio.

Who will coach the teams?

All teams will be coached by one of our highly qualified and experienced professional Red Bulls coaches.

Where will the teams play their home games?

Our Girls Pre-Academy Teams will play their home games at the Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. The newly renovated soccer complex is home to RBII, the reserve side of our professional men's team.

We will also utilize our first team training facility in Whippany, NJ for some games, dependent on scheduling needs.

Which leagues and tournaments will the teams play in?

Our Pre-Academy Teams will compete in the Eastern Development Program (EDP) during the spring and fall seasons.

All teams will participate in four high level tournaments each year, included in the base registration fee.

How big will the rosters be?

Each team will carry a small roster of between 12 and 14 players, maximizing contact time between player and coach and allowing for ample playing time.

What is the Red Bulls' approach to dual carding?

Consistent with New York Red Bulls approach to developing youth talent, dual carding is permitted, providing a player’s primary commitment is to Red Bull New York.

How does the tryout process work?

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation all tryouts for the 2020/21 season Red Bulls Pre-Academy Teams are currently on hold.

Players can still register for tryouts using the link at the bottom of this FAQ, and the updated schedule will be communicated to all registered players once dates and times are finalized, based upon information and guidelines set out by the CDC.

Tryouts will consist of a three stage process with successful applicants from the first tryout being invited back to the second and third rounds.

All tryouts will be held at Red Bulls Training Facility in Whippany, NJ.

To ensure only high-level, committed players apply, a one-time non-refundable try-out fee of $30 applies.

What player development initiatives will the players be exposed to?

Pre-Season Orientation

Players, parents and families will be hosted at Red Bull Arena for their official welcome to the team as we go behind the scenes at our professional first team's home. Not only will this event act as signing day for the players, but will also lay the foundation for the season to come. Families will receive a detailed overview of the program and the development processes and how they can expect to be supported over the course of the year.

Pre-Season Training Camp

All teams will begin their seasons with a week long residential pre-season training camp. Set in the idyllic surrounds of Golden Goal Tournament Park in the Lake George region of upstate New York, this 200 acre purpose built sporting retreat will give the players the perfect opportunity to bond as a team and lay the foundations for a successful season to come. Players will enjoy access to the 8 professionally maintained fields, athlete's village and recreation center, woodland based challenge courses and multiple classroom spaces.

Please note, participation in the team pre-season training camp is optional, but highly encouraged. The cost of this training camp and transportation to and from the facility (if required) is not included in the seasonal registration fee.

Pre-Season Goal Setting

All players will participate in a detailed self-assessment at the beginning of the season, from which their individual development plans will be created.

Individual Development Plans

With guidance from the coaching staff, players will identify the areas that they would like to improve in, and develop a structured plan in order to achieve these goals.

Mid-Season Reviews

Written mid-season assessments (once in the spring and once in the fall) will provide players with an update on their progress, highlighting areas of strength in each players game, and aspects that they should continue to focus on in order to improve.

Video Analysis

Video feedback will be provided throughout the season as a tool to help the players improve their technical and tactical skills. Team video meetings will also be held to address team shape and principles of play.

Mid-Year Review Meetings

In person player, parent and coach meetings will be held at the mid-point of the year with the team coach, giving all team members an open forum to discuss each player's progress.

Professional Game Day Opportunities

Players will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive experiences as player mascots, ball kids and flag bearers for professional MLS games at Red Bull Arena. These opportunities allow our young players to get a closer look at the professional game and build a deeper love and connection for the sport.

Winter Futbolinho Sessions

All players will enjoy 12 weeks of indoor Futbolinho sessions, Red Bulls version of futsal as well as one futsal tournament.

Players also have the option to partake in additional RDS clinics during the spring and fall seasons at no additional cost.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $1450 per spring and fall season ($2900 for the full year).

What does the registration fee include?

  • All player carding
  • 10 weeks of practice sessions throughout the spring and fall seasons (up to 30 training sessions)
  • 12 weeks of indoor winter training
  • All referees fees
  • Four annual tournaments
  • The program registration fee does not include player uniforms, or any international or long-distance special events, such as pre-season training camp

Testimonials

The Red Bulls Pre-Academy program is setting a new national standard for comprehensive youth development - transforming players into leaders poised for lifelong success both on and off the field.

The Berkley Family

The Red Bulls Pre-Academy team experience is by far the most complete and professional experience in youth soccer in our area. The quality of everything, from coaching, facilities, uniforms, support both on and of the field, make for a professional experience that exceeds all expectations. I've been a part of a few high level programs, and no one comes close.

The Herbert Family

The Red Bulls Pre-Academy team has the perfect balance of training the individual player while still building a unique team environment . Weekly communication to players and parents was truly professional and the attention to every detail of the training program is truly amazing.

The Herndon Family