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Training to Compete – College Prep

This stage is in line with the Training to Compete stage of LTPD.
Players at this stage approach training to refine techniques and work on specific team aspects. Training becomes an environment to improve as a unique team with the motivation to use all their years of training to win soccer games. FCD will continue to operate with a complete 4-corner holistic approach which focuses on technical/tactical, physical, mental and social/emotional areas of player development. Our curriculum and focus can be found in the U18 Overview and Curriculum.

FCD will operate 2 teams is these age groups that will have an assigned staff coach. Teams will compete in the OWSL U21/League 1 Reserve division. Evaluation of these players will continue with written player evaluation and physical benchmark testing. Teams will operate with a 3:1 training to game ratio. A physical training plan will be implemented and periodized based on the physical phases of development required. Classroom sessions throughout the winter will be utilized to assist with the development of tactical, mental, social and emotional focus areas. 

At this stage the players will be participating in extensive our College Bound Program which is described further in our annual plan.

Recent FC Durham Academy L1RW News

Joce Splitgerber signs with UNB Saint John

By Rich Hirst 06/28/2021, 1:15pm EDT

JUNE 28, 2021


Congratulations to FC Durham Academy (FCD) 2021 Graduate Joce Splitgerber on signing with University of New Brunswick Saint John!

We feel Joce has found a university that fit all her desires in a university environment and setting, which is exactly what this journey is about.

Rich Hirst our Girl's High-Performance Manager says "Joce came to FCD September 2019 and immediately impacted the group with her positivity, outgoing personality and communication level. She instantly became part of the FCD family and these traits are critical in the university culture. She is versatile and has spent time playing as a central forward and a right fullback over the past few years. Joce has a excellent ability to learn tactics, is physically strong and has the perfect mentality to excel at this level. We strongly believe that Joce will contribute to the Seawolves Program immediately and going forward."

Congratulations again to Joce and her family.

Joshua Quarless signs with Walsh University

By Tom Croft 05/10/2021, 4:45pm EDT

MAY 10, 2021


FC Durham Academy (FCD)  would like to congratulate 2021 Graduating  Mid Fielder Joshua Quarless on signing with Walsh University (Akron, Ohio).

Tom Croft our Boy's High-Performance Manger says "Joshua has been with FCD since day one.  Although quiet in nature he has made a big impact at FCD.  The Cavaliers are getting a very good Midfielder who can play in possession using his technical ability and will help out with a few goals over the season.  Josh  has a knack for scoring big goals.. Joshua will be studying Exercise Science at Walsh.  We look forward to helping Josh prepare for his future at Walsh University."

A big Thank You to Coach Howard  for all of his work with Josh over the years. Also we are very appreciative of Josh's Mom "Debra" for her support as Team Manager.

Congratulations to Joshua and his  family!

Evan Jerrett signs with Durham College

By Tom Croft 05/03/2021, 7:15pm EDT

MAY 3, 2021


FC Durham Academy (FCD) would like to congratulate 2021 Graduating 2003B Winger Evan Jerrett on his signing with the defending National Champions Durham College Lords.

Tom Croft our Boys High-Performance Manger says "Evan is dynamic forward, who has the ability to score and create chances for his teammates. The combination of speed and technical ability makes Evan a threat at all moments on the field. Evan is a player that has worked very hard in his time here at FCD. I am sure Evan will be a great addition to the Lords. We look forward to helping Evan prepare for his future at Durham College"

Congratulations to Evan and his  family!

Link to Durham College Announcement