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Celtic Tigers Academy Program U6 - U8


We use Futsal to develop our players

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U6 - U8: Born 2018 - 2016

The GCA FC Celtic Tigers Academy program is at the core of what makes our club great and effective.
Along with our Developmental Academy, it is our foundation and the starting point of our Club's player development pathway.

This is where our young players begin to learn technique, ball control and speed of thought. In short, the Academy is where our kids learn to love the game.

Because we believe these are the critical years of our children's long term development and growth, we offer a combined Fall, Winter and Spring program for our kids using a Street Soccer style inspired curriculum designed to develop each player's technical and tactical skill. We are certain that our best players will be the players that start with us at this young age and will continue to develop over the important years to follow.

Our Academy program has no cuts as we admit to make no judgement about how well a player will develop or how far he or she will go at this young age.

The GCA FC Academy is open to all kids that want to become better soccer players yet understand that this is not a recreational program. It is an instructional program based on teaching the fundamentals of the game, we understand that all players learn at a different pace, so we have exceptional patience with our young players.


The Celtic Tigers Academy program is open to all kids 6 through 8 years old with no cuts for players of that age group.
We will however limit enrollment so that proper player-to-coach ratios and quality instruction are maintained. Players are encouraged to enroll into the Academy program until enrollment is full.

For 6 to 8-year olds, in addition to training once per week, they may have the opportunity to play 5v5 against teams from other clubs during the Fall and Spring season. They will train and compete in 2 indoor Futsal league sessions on the weekends in Winter.

Player Developmental Curriculum


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We use Futsal to develop our players

GCA FC Academy is primarily focused on a possession style training environment. All sessions are designed using small-sided games with an emphasis on developing technique and game intelligence.

We encourage individualism and creativeness in practice and games, this is because the players' development is more important than the teams' success. The teams' success will be a byproduct of player development.

In our experience, technique and game intelligence can begin at the very early age of 6. Beginning at this age sets a proper foundation and helps avoid bad habits and enables the players for maximum development during their "golden years" which is from 8 - 12 years old.

A key component to our Academy program is technical skills development. GCA FC teaches technical skill from an early age using the Street Soccer style training activities and Futsal. Street Soccer and Futsal are similar and are conducted in a "Academy" style and not by teams. All Academy members will train together. Instructors may however, separate players based on skill level and mastery of technique, and not necessarily by age.

Celtic Tigers Academy Training Schedule


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Training sessions are typically held on one night a week from 5:30pm to 7:00pm but is subject to change.

2023/24 SEASON

Fall training starts: 1st week of September
Winter training and Futsal/Star Hill Indoor league 1 start: 2nd week of November (if available)
Winter break: Between Futsal league 1 and 2
Futsal/Star Hill league session 2 starts: Last weekend in Mid January
Spring training starts: 1st week in April

Spring training ends: May 31st


Fall and Spring
- Laidlaw Park, Coventry CT
- River Road Athletic Complex, Willington, CT
- Hall Memorial School, Willington, CT
- Ashford Recreational Park, Ashford, CT

- Center School, Willington, CT
- Star Hill Athletic Complex, Tolland, CT
- Evangelical Christian Center, Ashford, CT

Celtic Tigers Academy Tuition


Tuition is based on a minimum of 10 players per team

Player fees for the Academy program depend on the player's birth year.
Younger players have the option of registering for the entire year (excluding Summer) or just for the Fall, Winter or Spring season.
Older players register for the entire 2023/24 season and pay an annual fee.

Players born 2018 - 2016 (U6 - U8)
Annual Registration: $800 - Program fee is at full discount
Fall Season only: $300
Winter Season only: $400
Spring Season only: $300

Uniform or jersey can be purchased 

Player may join any time during the season for a pro-rated fee, but this will be subject to space and current enrollment.

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Our Field Locations

River Road Athletic Complex
511 River Road
Willington, CT 06279

Ashford Memorial Park
74 Pompey Rd
Ashford, CT 06278

ECC (Evangelical Christian Center) (ECC)
574 Ashford Center Road
Ashford , CT 06278

Willington Center School (WCS)
12 Old Farms Rd
Willington, CT 06279

Star Hill Athletic Center
100 Gerber Drive
Tolland , CT 06084
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