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Mike Latty Youth Soccer Academy (MLSA)

There are four age groups within the Mike Latty Soccer Academy:

U6 Coed Mighty Mikes 

 U7/8 Reggae Boyz and Girlz 

 U9 Academy 

 U10 Academy

 

What is the Mike Latty Soccer Academy (MLSA)?

The Mike Latty Soccer Academy (MLSA) is the youth development academy at United Soccer Club.  Starting in the Fall of 2015, USC was very excited to introduce this branded 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.

The MLSA will also offer winter indoor programs and summer kick-arounds. 

USC players are guaranteed to receive age-appropriate instruction from our coaches during all training and game day sessions. While participation in all sessions is not required, registered players will be offered 1-2 training opportunities per week for approximately 10-12 weeks each fall and spring. 

The Academy will continue to provide a quality club soccer experience and introduce the game to new players in the Huntsville area.  

Training for the fall season begins mid August and usually goes through October.  Training for the spring season usually begins the third week of February and goes to early May. 

If you still have questions not answered on this page, contact one of the USC coaches or Coaching Director at info@unitedsoccerclub.org

Season Information

Season Information Fall Spring
When is the right time to start club soccer? USC believes quality training from a young age is key to your athlete's success. We feel strongly our Academy program provides soccer training at an affordable price to ensure your child is learning from qualified coaches and staff. We want your athletes to enjoy soccer where ever they play and hope you will choose USC when the time is right for your family whether it be now or in the future. USC believes quality training from a young age is key to your athlete's success. We feel strongly our Academy program provides soccer training at an affordable price to ensure your child is learning from qualified coaches and staff. We want your athletes to enjoy soccer where ever they play and hope you will choose USC when the time is right for your family whether it be now or in the future.
When is Registration? U6 and U7/8: Always open. Email info@unitedsoccerclub.org for more information. U6 and U7/8: Always open. Email info@unitedsoccerclub.org for more information.
U9 and U10: Players will register and attend evaluations in mid-May. U9 and U10: Players will register and set up a time to be evaluated. There are no formal evaluations for spring season.
What is the cost of the MLSA Academy? Please see each section regarding cost. Please see each section regarding cost.
What is the cost of Uniforms? Varies depending on age group, but expect to pay $45 to $85 for uniforms that go on a 2 year cycle. Varies depending on age group, but expect to pay $45 to $85 for uniforms that go on a 2 year cycle.
When does the season start and end? Usually mid-August through October. Usually mid-February to early March through mid-May.
Where do MLSA teams practice? Merrimack Soccer Complex and John Hunt Park Merrimack Soccer Complex and John Hunt Park
How long are practices? U6 is traditionally 1 hour and U7/8 and up is 1.5 hours. U6 is traditionally 1.25 hours and U7/8 and up is 1.5 hours.
When are games? U6 and U7/8: games are traditionally held during weekly training times and Saturday mornings. No overnight travel is involved at these ages. U6 and U7/8: games are traditionally held during weekly training times and Saturday mornings. No overnight travel is involved at these ages.
U9 & U10: games are held on Saturdays, Sundays, and sometimes during the week/training times. Friendlies will be played at Merrimack & Palmer Park and usually one day trip to either Chattanooga or Birmingham per season. Two tournaments held within a 3-hour drive will be selected per season. U9 & U10: games are held on Saturdays, Sundays, and sometimes during the week/training times. Friendlies will be played at Merrimack & Palmer Park and usually one day trip to either Chattanooga or Birmingham per season. Two tournaments held within a 3-hour drive will be selected per season.
How do I pay? Dues can be paid via PayPal, Venmo, cash or check. Details will be sent at the start of the season. Dues can be paid via PayPal, Venmo, cash or check. Details will be sent at the start of the season.

 

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.

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.

Mike Latty Resume: 

  • Jamaica National Team
  • Captain, Alabama A&M 1977 NCAA II National Champions
  • Assistant Coach, Alabama A&M 1979 NCAA II National Champs
  • AYSA U18 Boys State Champions - GHS Soccer 1989, 1990    
  • AHSAA Boys 6A State Champions - GHS Soccer 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • 10 years as GHS Head Coach, 9 times State Title Game, 7 time Champion
  • Head Coach of Grissom High School 1988-1998:  Record - 189 Wins- 12 Losses -9 Ties
  • Nationally ranked High School program Top 20 for 5 consecutive years
  • Director of Coaching; Eagles Soccer Club, Huntsville, AL
  • Director of Coaching; Rocket City Kicks FC, Huntsville, AL
  • Director of Coaching; United Soccer Club, Huntsville, AL 2007-present
  • Numerous State Titles and League Championships with Kicks FC and United SC
  • Founder and Director of Mike Latty Soccer Academy
  • 2014 Alabama Soccer Association Competitive Girls' Coach of the Year 

The Mighty Mikes! (1v1) U6 Coed Academy

Boys and Girls ages 4-5 years old (3 years old can enter, check with MLSA Staff Directors) can participate in weekly soccer activities for hour long sessions twice a week with MLSA Staff Instructors while they learn how to strike a ball properly, dribble and control a ball, and have fun. 

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. 

Cost: $85.00 per season (does not include uniform)

MLSA U7/8 Reggae Boyz and Girlz (4v4)

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. 

Cost: $210.00 per season (does not include uniform)

MLSA U9 Academy Teams (7v7)

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. 

Cost $330.00 per season (tournament fees and uniforms are not included)

MLSA U10 Academy Teams (7v7)

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.

Teams will travel to one or two tournaments.

Cost: $435.00 per season (tournament fees and uniforms are not included.)