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Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club is excited to present our new Academy Program. The Rio Rapids Northern Youth  Soccer Academy is an opportunity for our young players, who are passionate about the game of soccer, to develop their skills under the guidance of our professional coaching staff, contracted through Challenger Sports. The focus of the Academy program is on developing individual technical skills and introducing the players to decision making within the game, that lay the groundwork for tactical learning. Our hope is that the new Academy format will bring consistently high-quality training opportunities to our players, that are fun, nurture their love of the game, and tie directly with the club’s overarching philosophy and curriculum while keeping costs down.

The overall goal of the Academy is to groom players for our Select program and allow kids who are keen to progress in soccer the opportunity to be challenged and flourish. That means that Academy practices and games will be much more demanding than in the Development League. The U 9/10 age group are the future of our Select Program - and so we have assigned most of our professional resources to these age groups. We want to nurture, yet challenge and give opportunities to those kids who WANT more - and are prepared to work hard to achieve it. 

The Rio Rapids Northern Academy Program is ‘a place of study or training in a special field’. We have three Rio Rapids Northern Academy Programs for boys and girls, U 7/8 and U 9/10. Academies will run at each age bracket provided there is sufficient interest, and it this will depend upon the numbers who register for each program. It is for players with the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological attributes and the potential to be future Select players.  Although it covers the age range U 7/ 8 and U 9/10, there will be different activities and teams at EACH of these ages. The focus of the Academy is individual development and NOT on building a team.

Each Academy player will also be assessed on an on-going basis in their Saturday Development League teams. Our professional coaches will observe players in these games and this information will be passed to their Academy coach to incorporate these development areas into their practices. So Academy players will be continually monitored to chart their growth and development as players.  The U 7/8 - U 9/10 Academy group will play in Development League and play inter-roster games and MAY have the opportunity to play other Academy teams. Play in tournaments will be at the discretion of the Academy coach.


2013/2014s may register for Academy w/ Pre-Comp (Bernalillo) or Academy w/ Development (Santa Fe)

The 2022-2023 Academy Program has been revamped and is geared towards kids who simply cannot get enough soccer through just the Development Program.  We offer two iterations of the Academy Program.


The Academy w/ Development (Santa Fe) program participates in the Monday skills session with our professional coaches and the players will be placed on Development teams. We will limit these registrations to 20 players per gender.
First come first served..Cost: $205



The Academy w/ Pre-Comp (Bernalillo) boys’ and girls’ teams will be limited to 10 players.  Players will participate in the Monday skills session with our professional coaches and then the girls team will have their team practice on Wednesday and the boys will have their team practice on Thursday. There will be a mandatory adidas jersey set purchase of $67 through
First come first served..Cost: $305

GOAL: Further skill development and understanding of game management and positional play.

At the U9 age, we add to the personal skills development with a second Academy session each week with our professional coaching team. The Monday sessions will focus upon personal skills.