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U9 and U10 Mike Latty Soccer 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 8-12 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.  

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


U9/10 Uniform Package

You will receive a jersey number and instructions on how to order your child's uniform online. 

MLSA Regular Season Information

BIRTH YEAR Fall 2024 AGE GROUP SEASON COST UNIFORM(S) COST FORMAT FALL SPRING
2016 U9 $375.00 + 1-2 tournament ~$130.00 (2 kits) 7v7 Sept.-Nov. March-May
2015 U10 $495.00 + 1-2 tournaments ~$130.00 (2 kits) 7v7 Sept.-Nov. March- May

MLSA Winter Indoor Training

BIRTH YEAR AGE GROUP SEASON COST WINTER INDOOR
2016 U9 $165.00 December-February
2015 U10 $165.00 December-February

U9/10 Contacts

BIRTH YEAR FALL 2024 AGE GROUP MANAGER CONTACT
2016 Girls U9 Tara Garcia Usc12girls@gmail.com
2016 Boys U9 TBD Admin@unitedsoccerclub.org
2015 Boys U10 TBD admin@unitedsoccerclub.org
2015 Girls U10 Josh Boyd Usc2015girls@gmail.com
USC Club Director of Coaching Rusty Campbell info@unitedsoccerclub.org


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.  Travel is minimal to moderate depending on tournament selection. 

MLSA U10 Academy Teams (7v7)

Players in the MLSA U10 Academies have two training 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 and will have some away games within a 1-2 hours driving range.


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.