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WNY Flash Jr. Academy - New Format for 2018!

We are constantly evaluating the effect of our programs, looking to improve how we offer our Jr. Academy program to the young athletes who participate.  We are adjusting  the training program to one training per week and games on the weekend, looking forward to seeing the players arrive full of energy and excitement to be on the field.  We are also going to offer the Jr. Academy in two 6-week blocks, instead of one 12-week block.

What's new with the Jr. Academy program? Click HERE to check out our Q&A!

If our Q&A still hasn't answered your question, please feel free to reach out to gbruce@wnyflashsoccer.com 

What is the Jr. Academy?  

The WNY Flash Jr. Academy is a soccer training program for young players, who were born 2008-2011, which offers the building blocks of technical proficiency and basic tactical understanding. The Jr. Academy curriculum is designed to encourage a love for the game, positive training habits and teamwork skills needed to progress through all levels of youth soccer while having fun.


The training environment is structured to create small, fast-paced scenarios that develop the critical thinking and decision making needed to play soccer at a higher level.

Games on the weekend follow US Soccer Guidelines, using small-sided fields and small goals to maximize skill development and the amount of touches each player gets in a competitive environment.


Winter Session 
All Players Born 2008-2011 - Click to Register 
Spring Session 
All Players Born 2008-2011 - Click to Register

Program Information:

Winter/Spring 2018 - Two 6 Week Sessions

Winter Dates: January 10, 2018 - February 17, 2018

Spring Dates: February 21, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Training Day: Wednesday

Training Times: All players Born 2008 and 2009 - 6:00-7:00pm

                         All players Born 2010 and 2011 - 5:00-6:00pm

Games: Saturday, 8:00am or 9:00am

Price: $160

$125 for West Seneca Soccer Club


All training and games for the Winter and Spring sessions will be held at Sahlen Sports Park.

Training Uniform:

Players will be required to wear a Flash Academy training top like our older Flash Academy teams.  You will receive a link in email to wegotsoccer.com where you will be able to order the Nike Dri-Fit tops with the Flash logo for $20.


Gary Bruce - Jr. Program Director of Coaching, Academy Head Coach (USSF A License)

Regan Steele - Jr. Academy Director, Academy Head Coach (USSF C License)

Danny Gilbertson - Academy Head Coach, Jr. Academy Coach (NSCAA Advanced National License)

Andy Tunnicliffe - Academy Head Coach, Jr. Academy Coach (USSF B License, USSF Y License)

Jenna Raepple - Academy Head Coach, Jr. Academy Coach (USSF E License)



*U17 & U18 players volunteer as assistant coaches in our Jr. Academy program, as they prepare to graduate the Academy and head of to college.

Jr. Academy Tryouts:

There are no tryouts for the Jr. Academy. This program is open for any interested player. Players are grouped initially by age (7 and 8 year olds, 9 and 10 year olds, so 2009-2011 this year) and then by ability where necessary for training groups and games. Registration will open during the current season, for the next season and registration links will always be posted here... click here

If you miss the start of a season, please contact Gary Bruce and he will be happy to add you to the program if numbers allow.

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