YDA Juniors

A Technical Soccer Program for 4-7 Years Olds

(birthdates between 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2013)

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Program Objective: To provide an environment for players 4-7 years old (born between 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2013) that have demonstrated the ability and desire to develop at a higher rate than a recreational player. The Youth Development Academy Juniors program will focus on the development of individual technical skills in a team environment. The atmosphere that is created will also foster player growth in areas of balance, coordination, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Program Structure: Each YDA JRS team will have a dedicated parent or volunteer coach who will assist in training the teams and coach them during games. The program will have multiple technical directors who will run one technical session each week for the players and also oversee the optional Friday sessions. Practices will be held at Rainbow, Woodcroft on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from approximately 5:00/5:30- 6:00/6:30.


  • Games will occur on Saturdays at either Southern Community Park, Rainbow or Triangle Church. There will most likely be a few events throughout the year that will require Sunday afternoon participation (between 1:00 and 5:00 PM).
  • The goal is create u6 and u8 teams, as well as all girls teams. This is all contingent on players location as well as numbers for each gender/age, but goal is create this for the program.
  • Teams will be formed by age and partiipate in either u6 or u8 scheduling groups.

Benefits: In addition to providing a premier teaching environment, players will also receive at no additional cost:

  • Optional technical/free play sessions over the summer on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm, at the Rainbow fields. The first session will begin July 11th  and the last session will be August 1.
  • Summer kick-off camp June 26-28, 530-630pm at the Rainbow fields
  • Optional in-season Friday technical training sessions
  • Winter indoor futsal program
  • UNC/Duke special events
  • 1 uniform kit (1 jersey,1 short & 1 pair of socks, 2 training shirts)
  • 1 personalized sweatshirt/jacket for training
  • Participation in Fall and Spring festival events for the U8 teams.
  • Optional tournament opportunities for the U8 teams.

    Club Fees: Total club fees for the year will be $455 for the U8 program and $345 for the U6 program.


Questions? Email YDAJRS@triangleunited.org

YDA Jrs Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there tryouts for the YDA Jrs program?
A: No, there are not tryouts.  YDA Jrs is actually a recreational program

Q: Who are the coaches?
A: Each team has a dedicated volunteer parent that works with the team 1x a week plus coaches the game.  The other practice during the week is led by a TU staff member

Q: When do we play games?
A: Games take place on Saturday's mostly at Triangle Church, but also the Rainbow soccer fields

Q: Where are practices located?
A. We have two sites, the Woodcroft Soccer fields in Durham and the Rainbow Soccer fields in Chapel Hill. 

Q: What are the ages for Yda Jrs?
A:  We have teams for ages U6-U8. The U6 teams are a mix of U5/U6 players and the U8 teams are a combination of U7/U8 players.

Q: What days are practices?
A: Teams will train on a Monday/Wednesday or a Tuesday/Thursday schedule.

Q: What times are practices?
A. All teams train from 5pm to 6pm.

Q: Who coaches the teams?
A: All team coaches are volunteers, however, the technical director will run one session per week. 

Q: Can we register for half the year only?
A: Yes.

Q: Can we join the program in the Spring if we did not play in the Fall?
A: Yes. 

Q: Can players play up or down an age group?
A: Each situation is handled on a case by case basis depending on skill level, age, and special circumstances. We typically do not allow players to play down an age group unless the player has developmental differences.

Q: Can we make special request for teammates or coaches?
A: Yes but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate the request. Roster spots are given on a first come first serve basis. 

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