To promote successful children and their families through their involvement in a comprehensive soccer program focused on player development, sportsmanship, family support, and personal discipline.
The Youth Development Program at Louisiana Fire Juniors aims to prepare players at 7-11 years of age for taking the next step into competitive soccer in a positive, educational, and fun soccer experience.
The program emphasizes the importance of technical development to the growth of the youth player by providing two training sessions per week with our professional coaching staff and weekend games as the opportunity to explore newly learned or refined technical skills without the pressure and concern of wins and losses.
We strive to keep the program competitive by forming equally balanced teams that ensure a positive team experience for players of varying skill ranges as they enter the program.
Louisiana Fire Soccer Club offers YDP at all 4 main campuses: Audubon Park, City Park Lafreniere Park, and PAC Fire (Westbank).
Boys YDP Director: Jason Dormady - USSF National "D" License, Louisiana Fire Competitive Staff Coach, Jesuit High School Junior Varsity Soccer Head Coach.
Girls YDP Director: Corne Eksteen - earned her Master Degree in Human Movement Science (Sport Science – Nutrition) from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She joins LA Fire with nearly 10 years of Sports Management and Administration experience. Corne has a passion for sports and well-being with several international recognized trainings and certifications in strength and conditioning, nutrition and soccer coaching. She has a USSF National “D” License and has been coaching in the Youth Development Program.
For the 2017-18 season, the YDP will be returning many of its coaches. The group has a vast amount of playing and coaching experience, which include former high school and college players. The majority of our coaches also coach high school soccer throughout the city of New Orleans and it’s neighboring parishes. Coaches are qualified through either the National Soccer Coaching Associational of America (NSCAA) or the United State Soccer Federation (USSF). Some will also have international coaching licenses or badges. The Club conducts coaching education sessions throughout the year.
Training and Games
YDP teams will train twice a week with their assigned coach.
City Park – Monday and Wednesday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
Metairie – Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
Audubon – Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
PAC Fire - Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
*****Practice times are subject to change depending on coach availability and daylight savings****
All YDP teams will play in the Louisiana Fire YDP Metro League. Teams will also compete in the Louisiana Fire tournaments and most teams usually travel to one out of town tournament per season.
Parents - No parents are allowed on the fields during training sessions. At City Park parents may observe training sessions by sitting up on the levee or by watching from outside the fences.
Games will be 7v7/9v9 (including goalkeepers) in accordance with USYSA and LSA guidelines. All games will consist of two 25-minutes halves. Each game will have a qualified referee provided by the club.
Playing Time Rules
It is club policy for all players to play at least 50% of each game. Players will also play in multiple positions throughout the YDP season.
Throughout the season, YDP teams are encouraged to participate in one OR two tournaments per fall or spring season. At least one of those season’s tournaments must be a Louisiana Fire Tournament and the second tournament within two hours from New Orleans.
Program fees cover?
Required fees cover the rental, maintenance, and lighting of the fields, referees, insurance coverage, and professional coaching. They also cover preseason camp, winter clinics, and player evaluations.
What equipment do players need?
All players must wear soccer cleats and shin guards to all practices and games. A soccer ball is required for all practices. A good supply of water is definitely recommended to keep the player hydrated during all practices and games.
Players are REQUIRED to wear the practice uniform (grey Fire T-shirt, navy shorts, and navy socks) to all training sessions.
Game Uniforms (White jersey, red jersey, red shorts, red socks) are REQUIRED for all weekend games.
ALL UNIFORM pieces are exclusively available from:
THIRD COAST SOCCER
2311 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, La 70002
What Size soccer ball does YDP require?
Size 4 soccer ball.
Online Registration will open April 14th, 2017 and will close on August 4th, 2017. Click on the registration tab on the top menu bar.