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ABOUT THE YDP U8 - U10 2019 -2020

Mission statement 

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.

Program Overview

The Youth Development Program at Louisiana Fire Juniors aims to prepare players at 7-10 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.

Our changes to the program in 2019 will feature more pool training and games as well as groups of players being trained and coached by the entire Academy coaching staff. Hearing the same messages and technical lessons from different voices ensures each player will be afforded the opportunity to make a meaningful connection with the staff.

Louisiana Fire Soccer Club offers YDP at all 4 main campuses: Audubon Park, City Park Lafreniere Park, and Westbank at Shaw High School.

Academy Directors 

Program Director: Jason Dormady  - USSF National "D" License, Louisiana Fire Competitive Staff Coach,  Jesuit High School Junior Varsity Soccer Head Coach. 

Technical Director: Bobby Velasquez - USSF National "D" License, Louisiana Fire Competitive Staff Coach and U11-12 Age Group Director, St. Martin's Episcopal School Director of Soccer and Varsity Head Coach


Staff Coaching

For the 2019-20 season, the Academy 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 for the cycle week.

City Park – Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Metairie – Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Audubon – Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Shaw - Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

*****Practice times are subject to change depending on coach availability and daylight savings****

All players will play in the Louisiana Fire Academy Metro League.  

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. 

Game Format

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.  

Program fees 

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 (NAVY 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:


2311 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Metairie, La 70002

(504) 838-1590

What size soccer ball does my player need?

Size 4 soccer ball.


Online Registration will open April 14th, 2019 and will close on August 4th, 2019. Click on the registration tab on the top menu bar.

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Link will forward you to the general registration page where you can select the desired program.