Academy Programs 2019-2020

Purpose - The OSS Academy Program provides a bridge between recreational and competitive soccer by providing standardized training to motivated youth soccer participants.

Principles - The overriding goal of the academy is to help build a solid foundation of individual technical skills to better prepare players for competitive soccer. This goal is achieved through two basic principles:

  1. Touches on the ball: Training sessions are structured to maximize the number of touches players have on the ball.
  2. Repetition: Repetition of ball skills allows players to develop the motor memory necessary to control and possess the ball in game situations.

The Academy approach is recommended by both US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer, the national organizations governing youth soccer in the United States. The OSS academy program exposes players to coaches with the appropriate level of experience and qualifications (i.e., Adam Howarth and the Higher Level Team) and provides a uniform training curriculum, focusing on individual ball-control skills.

The Academy program is also a coaching developmental program. Recreational coaches who want to become competitive coaches can sign up to be academy instructors under the direction of Coach Adam. This enables coaches to learn how to teach technical skills, run training sessions, get to know the players, and obtain coaching education/licenses, as they become available.


Junior Academy - U6-U7 Players (DOB 2013-2014)

Instructional training for our youngest academy participants; introducing basic soccer techniques and playing in small-sided soccer games and scrimmage are emphasized.

Goals: to provide a fun and instructional environment where players can learn the building blocks of soccer.

Dates: January 28st - March 24th (one weekly training session)

Day and Time: Tuesday, 5-6 pm

Location: Wide World of Indoor Sports

Cost to participate: $130

The Competitive Academy - U8-U10 Players (DOB 2010-2012)

Focused training emphasizing the development of fundamental soccer techniques including foot skills, ball control, body mechanics, and speed and agility.

Goals: to further develop the motivated youth soccer player while providing a gateway between recreational and competitive soccer here at OSS.

Dates: November 14th - March 24th (one weekly training session)

Day and Time: Thursdays, 6-7 pm

Location: Wide World of Indoor Sports

Costs to participate:

Full Session Competitive Academy - $280 (entire 5 month session)

Session I Competitive Academy - $150 (Nov 12th - Jan 23rd)

Session II Competitive Academy - $150 (January 30th - March 24th)

Academy Director

Adam Howarth is a former professional soccer player in both England and Finland. He previously coached at the Arsenal Soccer School and the New England Revolution Academy. He is currently Director of Operations of the Women's Soccer Program at The University of Rhode Island, and Head Coach and Director of all 5 Higher Level Soccer Academies. Adam holds an English Football Association Coaching License.

Contact - Director of Technical Training: Scott Parks (