PRE-TRAVEL ACADEMY PROGRAMS 2023-2024
Dutch Pro Soccer’s Academy is a challenging Pre-Travel Team Program for players who are ready for the next step toward travel soccer. At the Academy, our players receive top priority from our professional coaches who are true teachers of the beautiful game of soccer. The Academy provides a full pathway to travel soccer and college programs through our trusted partnership programs.
- 10-12 week duration starting in September 2023
- competitive games, tournaments, and scrimmage festivals
- inhouse and/or intertown programs
- Saturday or Sunday games
- Optional weekday training
- Location: Port Washington (North Hempstead)
SPRING AND FALL OUTDOOR ACADEMY PROGRAMS
Looking for a top-quality youth soccer program with professional coaches, who are true teachers of the beautiful game of soccer, where your player receives top priority? Our competitive Academy Pre-Travel Spring Program is for players who are ready for the next step toward travel soccer!
The Port Washington PAL Pre-Academy programs offer team training and competitive games & tournaments throughout the season on outdoor grass or turf fields. All training sessions and games will be supervised by DPS Trainers using the unique Dutch Soccer methodology.
Ready to play competitive games at a younger age? Is travel soccer too much of a commitment but you do want the challenge of playing games and learning to excel? Or are you done with other programs where you simply aren't taught the necessary skills to improve and stay passionate about the most beautiful game on earth?
Come join our Pre-Travel Academy!
WINTER ACADEMY FUTSAL PROGRAMS
Futsal is FIFA's official indoor soccer game which is, essentially, a scaled-down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a small-sided game (5v5) played on a smaller field (roughly basketball court-sized) with a smaller (size 3-4) ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries. There are no walls in play. This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play when they are indoors to refine and maintain their control skills and touch.
In Futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game. Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skills development is important, Futsal is recognized as clearly the best form of indoor soccer. But that's not the only reason.
- Better Skills Development - Futsal promotes quality touches
- Safer - Futsal eliminates the injuries associated with wall collisions
- Less Expensive - Futsal makes quality soccer more affordable
IS FUTSAL NEW?
Futsal is upcoming in American soccer. However, as is often the case, the US is just catching on to what the world already knows. Superior soccer skill is built by simulating the outdoor game indoors with small-sided games and a smaller ball. World-famous clubs, such as Ajax in the Netherlands, have used this approach for years. Futsal has been around for over fifty years but US interest in soccer skill development has only recently focused its attention on the training techniques used in successful soccer powerhouses such as Brazil, Holland, Germany, France, and Italy. So, Futsal has been around for many years but interest is just starting to explode in the United States.
HOW DOES FUTSAL PROMOTE BETTER TECHNIQUE?
Just watch Futsal players fight to keep the ball from crossing the touchline and you'll immediately begin to see how Futsal develops skill, control, and technique. A small field with lines puts players constantly under pressure from other players and out-of-play boundaries. Players must learn to settle the ball rapidly, chop sharply, shield effectively, pass quickly and move into space.
Compared to walled soccer or large indoor field soccer, Futsal places a greater premium on ball control. There is no reward for errant passes because the other team gets the ball. There is no reward for errant shots because the other team gets the ball. There is no incentive to 'kick and run' because the field is too small and packed with players. Players with the ball must use proper techniques to maintain control and must seek out other players in space. Players without the ball must move to 'real' space and must truly support their teammates. With Futsal, the emphasis is clearly on control and technique. Futsal promotes better technique and develops skills more rapidly. And if you are serious about the quality of the time you spend playing or watching soccer games, Futsal is clearly better!