Junior Academy: U-6 – U-8

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(Winter 2022-2023 season)

Sandy Spring Soccer Club Team Programs

The Sandy Spring Soccer Club (SSSC) Junior Academy is designed for boys and girls born between 2015 – 2017 who have a passion for the game and would like to play travel/competitive soccer. The goal of the program is for players to continue to develop a love for the game and progress through their development all while having fun. Players in the Junior Academy play in the Maryland Developmental Soccer League (MDSL), where players compete against other local clubs.

The SSSC Junior Academy offers a new way to discover soccer for boys and girls. This program creates an enjoyable learning environment where we focus on teaching the basics of soccer through fun and cognitive activities. We work directly with the kids to develop key motor skills such as running, jumping, and side shuffling so that they can learn to control their body movements and the ball. Our sessions teach the kids about the love of soccer while they learn to play alongside their friends.


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 registered with the SSSC Junior Academy will receive the following:

  • Training from former college/professional coaches
  • 2 practices a week (Wednesdays and Fridays)
  • 1 game a week (Saturday or Sunday afternoons) – 3 v 3 – U-6/U-7 and 4 v 4 – U-8.
  • SSSC Uniform (2 game jerseys, 1 practice jersey, 2 practice/game shorts, 2 pairs of practice/game socks) – This is every two 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?


A developmental introduction to soccer

Actively encourages the type of physical exercise you would commonly find in a school playground which includes running, jumping, throwing and catching a ball. By establishing an environment of self confidence among the participants, a gentle exposure to the basic, fundamental ball skills can be introduced. The positioning and stance of the body to enable a ball to be passed, shot, or dribbled correctly, the parts of the foot best suited to passing a ball, simple balancing techniques and of course, a little informal and relaxed game time on Saturday afternoons.

U-7 and U-8

Early Development: The basic foundations to the game of soccer

Educates players to understand the principles of the game, very basic rules and regulations, communication with teammates, control and passing movement, body coordination and posture and small field, informal game time on Saturday afternoons. Provide as much opportunity for the children to have the ball at their feet and encourage creativity with an emphasis on enjoying the game.


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.