What is the Mike Latty Soccer Academy?
The Mike Latty Soccer Academy (MLSA) is the youth development academy at United Soccer Club. Starting in the Fall of 2015, USC is very excited to introduce this brand new program to the North Alabama soccer community that will honor the legacy of the USC Technical Director, Mike Latty, the most successful coach in Alabama Soccer History.
The MLSA is the youth soccer development program at United Soccer Club for boys and girls ages 4-10. It is built on the fundamental teaching principles developed by coach Mike Latty over his illustrious 30 year career. It is a positive perspective program that focuses on teaching children how to love and enjoy the sport of soccer while being trained by coaches who encourage the positive things they do to succeed on and off of the field.
There are four age groups within the Academy:
Who is Mike Latty?
Mike Latty is a native of Jamaica. He moved to Huntsville in the late 70’s, and has set a standard of soccer as a player and coach that continues to inspire young athletes in the community to become successful soccer players, as well as successful people today. He is the Technical Director for United Soccer Club, and the Mike Latty Soccer Academy.
Coach Mike Latty Resume:
Mike Latty has been the most successful soccer coach in the state of Alabama for over 30 years.
He has mentored and coached many successful players and coaches during that time. He is mentor and coach to the entire MLSA and USC Staff Coaches. His positive influence, and charismatic smile has always created a passion in kids to love the game of soccer. His teaching methods, and perspective are the cornerstone for the fundamental core values of the Mike Latty Soccer Academy, and United Soccer Club.
The Mike Latty Soccer Academy will now serve the North Alabama area as the premier youth development program for young soccer athletes who aspire to be the best they can be on and off of the field. The program will partner with United Soccer Club to continue to provide the family friendly environment that United Soccer Club has provided for the North Alabama area for the last 10 years. Together they will continue to focus on developing premier soccer teams and players that represent the area as standout student athletes in local area middle school and high school soccer teams, as well as many college soccer programs around the Southeast.
There are four levels to the Mike Latty Soccer Academy program:
Each week there is one instructional session, and one game day session (games are 1v1, 2v2). The season lasts for 6 weeks in the Fall, and 6 weeks in the Spring. Each player gets a Mike Latty Soccer Academy Jersey. Will train on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15pm-6:30pm at Merrimack Soccer Park.
Spring Season 2017: March 2-April 26
Fall season 2017: TBA
To register your child for the spring program click here.
Boys and Girls ages 6 and 7 years old. Honoring Coaching Latty’s native land of Jamaica, the U8 portion of the MLSA Academy is called the U8 Reggae Girlz and U8 Reggae Boyz. The Girls and Boys academies train separate from each other.
Kids are taught according to the Mike Latty Soccer Academy training style. These age groups focus on individual skill development, footwork, trapping and passing skills as well as individual attacking and defending skills. Introduction into positional play, and team shape. The U8 Academies have two training sessions per week from qualified MLSA Staff coaches. All kids in the program play in 8-10 local games in a season. Players receive two Mike Latty Soccer Academy Jerseys, one pair of shorts, and two pairs of socks.
Spring Season 2017: March 2-May 3
Fall 2017 Season: TBA
Players in the MLSA U9 Academies have two training sessions a week. Boys and Girls teams are separate from one another.
These age groups continue to focus on individual skill development, with more emphasis on developing specific useful moves for attacking play.
MLSA focus at this age group is geared toward learning to interact with one to two other players in ball possession, attacking, and defending situations. More time spent on under standing positional play, and defensive principles of pressure, cover, and balance. Training emphasis on technique of passing and receiving,
straight on, and across the body.
There are 8-12 local games in a season. There are occasional games vs of town competition. Players receive two Mike Latty Soccer Academy Jerseys, one pair of shorts, and two pairs of socks.
Spring Season 2017: Feb 22-May 8
Fall 2017 Season: TBA
Cost $310 (tournament fees not included)
Players in the MLSA U10 Academies have two training sessions a week (Spring season 3 sessions a week).
Boys and Girls teams are separate from one another.
U10 Academy training focus on building on fundamentals learned in U9 Academy play. Players learn how to build play out of the back, and how to incorporate goal keeper as an extra field player. Continued development of individual skill development, players learn when to pass vs when to dribble as they mature and recognize these moments.
(USC 05B Premier 2015 ASA U10 State Champs)
Players receive two Mike Latty Soccer Academy Jerseys, one pair of shorts and two pairs of socks.
One or two tournaments.
Spring Season 2017: Feb 22-May 10
Fall 2017 Season: TBA
Cost: $415 (tournament fees not included, state league fee extra)
MLSA also offers a winter indoor program.
To continue celebrating the many years coach Mike Latty has been sharing his gifts of coaching soccer and mentoring young people, the colors of the uniforms for the Mike Latty Soccer Academy will reflect different teams/programs Coach Latty has coached or played with during his illustrious career. This year the Academy will wear the sky blue colors of United Soccer Club, as well as the orange of Grissom High School wear coach Latty lead the Grissom Tigers program.