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Program Overview

The Pre-Travel Academy program is the first introduction to competitive soccer. It allows players who are like-minded to come together to advance their technical and tactical abilities under trained professionals and licensed coaches. The Pre-Travel Academy Program matches players who are passionate about the game with coaches who live for the sport.

These teams are composed of players who demonstrate a level of commitment to training that exceeds that of the Intramural program. The commitment of our players will help the coaching staff ensure that they are developing accordingly within their peer groups and to provide an accurate pathway toward their initial placement on a more competitive travel team. Please find all the frequently asked questions below and contact Nicole McKenzie for more information.

Teams will:

  • Play internal mixed games to allow for extra instruction and teaching.
  • Train two times per week following an age-appropriate curriculum aimed at challenging them both cognitively and physically.
  • Teams are formed according to player skill levels with player development as the priority.
  • Low player to coach ratios.

Practices: Tues/Thurs (5:15 pm – 7:30 pm) 1 hour sessions

Games: Sunday (Time TBD)

GIRLS: Nicole McKenzie –

BOYS: Matt Mannina –

Winter Pre-Travel Clinic

  • Dates:
    • Saturdays (Boys) December 9 – March 9
    • Sundays (Girls) December 10 – March 10
    •  12 weeks
    • No Session: Dec 23/24, Dec 30/31
  • Time:
    • Boys: Saturdays
      • 2017: 2 pm – 3 pm
      • 2016: 3 pm – 4 pm
    • Girls: Sundays
      • 2017/2016: 9 am – 10 am
  • Cost: $200
  • Location: World Gym, East Setauket
  • Player Registration


When are practices?

Practices will be Tuesday/Thursday 5:15 – 7:30 pm. Typically the younger group trains first. 1st Graders at 5:15 pm and the 2nd Graders at 6:30 pm.

How long is the season?

Teams will typically start their season in August and end in June the following year.

How are teams formed?

Players attend tryouts in June and will be offered spots on teams based on ability.  If a player wishes to join after this, they can contact Nicole McKenzie or Matt Mannina.

How are age groups broken down?

Pre-Academy is for u7 and u8 age groups. Teams will be based on birth year. For the 2023/2024 season the birth years are 2016 and 2017.

How often and where will teams practice?

Teams will practice 2x a week. Location will be at Stony Brook South P Lot.

When/Where are games?

Games will be held on Sunday at Stony Brook South P Lot.

How many players are on a team?

Typically, between 8-12 players per team.  Games can be 4v4, 5v5 or 7v7 depending on the league, festival or tournament format.

When are tryouts held?

Tryouts are in June each year; however, the club will allow rolling tryouts.