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U4/U5&6 Mike Latty Soccer Academy

Spring 2024 Registration is Open!

NEW Athletes born 2010-2020. THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR ATHLETES WHO DID NOT PLAY IN FALL 2023. Fall 2023 athletes do NOT need to re-register. U4-U8 will begin the first week of March.

U4 and U5/U6 Coed ACademy

* Athletes born U4 (Born 2020) and U5/6 (2018 or 2019) Fall 2023
* Boys & Girls
* NO evaluation or tryout
* NO registration fee
* Fall Season will begin September and Spring Season will begin March 
* Priority registration for U4 & U6 Winter Indoor training

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. Registered players will be offered 1-2 training opportunities per week and 4-6 games dates for approximately 8 weeks each fall and spring. 

The U5/6 Academy spring season will conclude with a World Cup Tournament with medals and a closing awards ceremony. 

The Academy will continue to provide a quality introduction to club soccer and the principles of the game to our youngest players.

Boys and Girls ages 3-5 years old can participate in weekly soccer activities for 45 minutes (U4) and 1.25 hour sessions twice a week (U6) with MLSA Staff Instructors while they learn how to strike a ball properly, dribble and control a ball, and have fun. 

Each week there are instructional sessions and game day sessions (games are 1v1, 2v2 and/or 4v4).  Weekly sessions & all games are held at Merrimack Soccer Complex. 

Each season, participants will be recognized and receive a medal at the end of the season soccer celebration! 

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




U4 & U6 Uniform

Once you have registered, you will receive information and an assigned jersey number to place your online order for your child's uniform.  

MLSA Regular Season Information

BIRTH YEAR 2023/24 AGE GROUP SEASON COST UNIFORM(S) COST FORMAT FALL SPRING
2020 U4 $75.00 ~$50.00 (1 kit) 1v1, 2v2 Sept-Nov. March-May
2018 & 2019 U5/6 $100.00 ~$50.00 (1 kit) 1v1, 2v2, 4v4 Sept.-Nov. March-May

What does the "season cost" include?

Dues to pay Coaches/Directors
Field fees paid to the City of Huntsville ($60 per player)
TeamSnap subscription
Scheduling Fee
"Friendly" referee fees (if applicable)
Equipment/Goal repairs and upgrades

MLSA Winter Indoor Training

BIRTH YEAR SEASON COST WINTER INDOOR
2018/2019/2020 $85.00 December & January

U5/6 Contacts

CONTACT DIRECTOR
Director of MLSA Academy Leonardo Santin santin.leonardo@hotmaill.com
Head U4 Coach Kelsie Shields info@unitedsoccerclub.org
Head U6 Coach Kassie Duke info@unitedsoccerclub.org
USC Director of Coaching Rusty Campbell info@unitedsoccerclub.org
USC Club Manager Meredith Miller admin@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 the table above. Please see the table above.
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 1.25 hours 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.

  • 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 
  • 2020 Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee

2015 YOUTH ACADEMY JERSEYS