Vision Soccer Academy

About VSA's Academy

About VSA's Academy Program

The Iowa Soccer Association Academy is a state-initiated and state-led program which parents of 9U/10U players in a qualifying club have the option of registering their child for academy or recreational soccer.

The impetus behind offering two levels of play at 9U/10U is to allow players to play with and against players of similar ability and at a level where they will experience the most success and have the most fun playing the sport.

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If you have questions about Academy, please email us at  Academy Email.

Registration Listing

2021 - 2022 9U-10U Academy

The 9U/10U Academy Program is a team/league-based program for players born between Jan 1st, 2012 and Dec 31st, 2013. 
Registration Fees: $295 - through July 12th $320 - after July 12th ($25 late fee)
 Description: Players will train twice a week with licensed parent volunteers and VSA Staff coaches under a season long curriculum that is age specific. Coaches in the Academy Program have (or are in the process of obtaining) a minimum of an USSF Grassroots 7v7 License.  Many of VSA's Academy Coaches have a higher level of licensing. Players are placed on balanced teams to compete against other Academy club teams in league play. Rosters change from season to season, but the age group will always train together. The Academy Program is training focused with the development of the individual player in mind. There are no tryouts for the Academy Program, however the program is intended to be a higher level of play and commitment than recreation.
Practice Times: Academy Players train twice a week at the VSA complex - normally on Tuesdays and Fridays.  
Virtual Training: If the situation merits and we are unable to train in person the Academy will continue to train virtually until the restrictions are lifted or that specific season comes to an end. VSA understands that virtual training is not like in-person training however we do feel that the players can receive the same value, which is laid out below:
Fall & Spring (Virtual Training Sessions, if applicable)
2 - 30-minute sessions per week with your training group / team
League Play: Academy teams participate in league play against other Academy club teams in the Des Moines area and surrounding communities. League games are generally played on Saturdays with an occasional Sunday. Home games are played at the VSA Timberline Soccer Complex. 
End of season Festivals/tournaments are optional and invoiced out separately. Festivals and Tournaments may have games on Saturdays, Sundays, or both days and may require an overnight stay if traveling out of state. 
To see if your player is ready for the academy program, please visit the VSA Academy Page 

Fall 9U Boys (2013s)

Registration closes on 07/31/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/09/2021 to 11/14/2021

Fall 9U Girls (2013s)

Registration closes on 07/31/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/09/2021 to 11/14/2021

Fall 10U Boys (2012s)

Registration closes on 07/31/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/09/2021 to 11/14/2021

Fall 10U Girls (2012s)

Registration closes on 07/31/2021 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/09/2021 to 11/14/2021

Academy Contact Information

Academy Director: Michael Miller
Academy Email
Academy Director Phone: 515-953-9523
Academy Coaching Staff

Is My Child Ready for Academy?

To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in an Academy Program. If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to that level of play. However, it should be noted that during a player’s soccer development they may move back and forth between academy and recreational play.
  • Demonstrates sound technical skills (control, dribbling and shooting)
  • Physically stronger than most players within their age group
  • Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
  • High level of coordination and good agility
  • During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
  • During games tends to dominate the play
  • Demonstrates high level of focus and concentration during practices and games
  • Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities
  • Soccer is a high priority
  • Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices
  • U9/U10 player who will try-out for the U11 competitive age group in the following year


Welcome to the Vision Soccer Academy of Waukee Website!

The Vision Soccer Academy of Waukee serving central Iowa communities: Waukee, Adel, Clive, Dallas Center, Earlham, Grimes, Norwalk, Perry, Polk City, Urbandale, Van Meter, West Des Moines, and Winterset.

Complex located at 2655 SE LA Grant Parkway, Waukee, IA 50263