Academy: U-9 – U-12

Sandy Spring Soccer Club Team Programs

The Sandy Spring Soccer Club (SSSC) Academy is designed for boys and girls born between 2014 – 2011 to enjoy, progress, and continue to develop their skills. The level of the players in this age group typically have previous soccer playing experience, but the Academy is open to players of all skilled levels as they will be grouped by age and skill. Players in the Academy program play in various leagues depending upon the skill level of the team. The leagues may range from the Maryland Developmental Soccer League, to the Elite Development Program (EDP), to the Club Champions League. All three of these leagues allow players the opportunity to continue their development.  

At the SSSC Academy, we continue to teach and learn about soccer in a good way. The SSSC Academy includes uniquely designed soccer sessions for players so that they can progress through various levels and technical sessions of 2 v 2, 3 v 3, and 4 v 4. We make the sessions fun for the players through different types of exercises and scrimmages, increasing the players technical skills and abilities throughout the program. The players will experience a small sided game of 6/8 players 

per side. The Program and its sessions will not only help to build stronger players but will also grow their love for the game.


Winter 2022-2023 season – December 6, 2022 – March 3, 2023


Trainings are held indoors during the weekdays at Sherwood Elementary School (Sandy Spring) and Cloverly Elementary School (Silver Spring) in the gymnasium.

Trainings are held on Tuesdays (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm) and Fridays (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm) for players born 2016/17. For players born 2013/14 and 2015 practices are held on Tuesdays (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm) and Fridays (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm). There will be a couple of weeks during the winter when practices will be held on a Wednesday. You will be added to the club’s TeamSnap and this will be communicated well in advance.

Winter 2022 – 2023 Game Schedule

Winter 2022 – 2023 season schedule will be available by December. We will play our games in Gaithersburg at Airpark Soccerplex. The season will begin in January 2023 and the games will vary on the weekends in terms of dates and times.

What’s Included?

All players who register with the SSSC Academy will receive the following: 

  • Training from former college/professional coaches and United States Soccer Federation License Coaches. 
  • 2 practices a week
  • 1 game a week (5 v 5 – U-9/U-10 and 7 v 7 – U-11/U-12)
  • 4 tournaments throughout the year (travel and accommodations not included for out of town tournaments) 
  • SSSC Game Uniform (2 jerseys, 2 shorts, 2 socks, 1 jacket, 1 pants) 
  • SSSCC Training Uniform (2 training jerseys) – Game and Training uniforms are issued every 2 years or if a player has grown out of their uniform.
  • Players are registered with the Maryland Youth Soccer Association and insurance is included. 

Age Group Program Descriptions?

U-9 and U-12 

Early Coaching Instruction for Skill Development, Game Awareness, and a Pathway to Competition Play

Adapting the early skills that have been learned with progression to slightly more advanced programs involving ball possession, retention and distribution. Understanding basic positional play and movement off the ball while expanding the knowledge of how a game evolves. Physicality and the effective use of body positioning. Learning from and discussing mistakes that are commonly made. Maintaining a positive and exciting environment for learning.

Following the early development years, the key objective of the SSSC Academy is to ensure that the children have had an exciting and incredibly positive experience with a clear demonstration that they are enjoying the game of soccer. 

It is a time of reflection for both the coaches and of course, the players, many of whom may eventually decide to continue with the game on a recreational basis only. Others will demonstrate a willingness and ambition to push themselves harder beyond the elite program that offers a more competitive and comprehensive approach to the game of soccer.

Goalkeepers will receive training that will provide them with unique skill development in terms of practice, learning, mentality and relationship with teammates.


Refund Policy: 

  • If withdrawing before the beginning of the 4th practice session, the player will receive a pro-rated refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. 
  • After the 4th practice session, there will be no refunds. 
  • Partial refunds will not be given for missed practices, games, or tournaments.