U12 & U13 Foundations Program
In 2014 the U12 Enhanced program replaced what had been a U11 Premiership and Division 1 Boys and Girls; and U12 Premiership and Division 1 Boys and Girls. Combining the 4 teams in each gender, we created a balanced boys & girls leagues consisting of roughly 60 players each.
This program has been an excellent foundational program and we have seen a dramatic increase in the interest in competitive soccer at the U12 level based on the Enhanced Program. It has also created a more flexible and inclusive environment has seen a reduction in the amount of travel and cost of participation.
With the Canada Soccer mandate to move from 11v11 to 9v9 programming, it seems like a great opportunity to grow our Enhanced program and carry the philosophy forward into the U13 age group. We believe that looking at our players from 10-13 as our Competitive Foundations Phase, will help to create a clarity about what the objective is within this programming range and allow us to focus clearly on building teams that are inclusive and balanced, providing all players with more equal opportunities to develop and continue their growth as players.
U12 Foundations – Replaces U12 Enhanced
- Tryout Dates: April 21- May 2 U12 Tryout Schedule – 2021
- Season Dates: May 3 – August 23rd U12 Training Schedule – May 3 – June 6
- Players Born: 2011, 2010, 2009
- Practices: 2 x/week + Optional Skills Center
- Games: 12-15 game season
- Tournaments: 2 Tournaments (Wanderers Cup) + 1 other.
The U12 teams will continue to play in a locally based league comprised mostly of FDSA teams but could include teams from Oromocto & Woodstock areas.
U13 Foundations – Replaces U13 Prem and Div 1
- Tryout Dates: April 21- May 2 U13 Tryout Schedule – 2021
- Season Dates: May 3 – August 23rd U13 Training Schedule – May 3 – June 6
- Players Born: 2008
- Practices: 2 x/week + Optional Academy
- Games: 12-15 game season
- Tournaments: 2 Tournaments
The U13 teams will shift to a 9v9 format and play in New Brunswick Soccer League (NBSL), similar to the Premiership league.
We will host tryouts sessions for our U12 and U13 programs as we do with the rest of our programs. We will have coaches evaluate players based on their performance during these tryouts. If numbers necessitate and developmentally appropriate, players at U12 maybe given the opportunity to play at the U13 level.
We encourage all interested players and parents to attend 1 of 2 information sessions being held virtually on Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:00pm or 7:30pm. At this time you will be able to meet the coaches and have questions answered by FDSA staff, coaches and Program Directors.
Anyone interested in trying out for the Foundations Program must be registered NO LATER than Monday, April 19th. Registration should be completed online (starting March 15th and ending April 19th) through the PowerupSports portal https://fdsa.powerupsports.com (see Registration Info section for more information).
We would like to thank DocBraces for sponsoring the Foundations program. Your support is very much appreciated!