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Why CSA?

Why join the Chicago Soccer Academy?

When you join the Chicago Soccer Academy there is a plan for you. Each player has different strengths and needs and we cater to those needs. The ultimate goal is to place each player into a learning environment where they will have fun as they learn, improve and ultimately develop.

We are the only club in the Fox Valley area to have 2-3 teams at each age group from u8-19 in both boys and girls programs. This consistency is very important when thinking about:

  • Does a club have a spot for your child
  • Does your child have a team to play on
  • Proper level of play placement for your child
  • What happens when not enough teams in the club for your child
  • As they get older players tend to quit, move, do other sports so will your child be left out of a team
  • When 8th grade/ Freshmen year approaches will your child be scrambling to find a team within the club
  • Moving up levels of team within your club opportunities
  • Guest playing opportunities
  • And more....

Our programs curriculum is focused on the right things. Everything is based on what a player will need to improve within their ability in their age group; rather than what they may need after each game. Our program is set up for soccer education; a soccer school for teaching soccer. We place demands on ourselves as staff to educate and to be educated/licensed. Our internal education program provides better programming, leadership and coaching. Our coaching staff has not changed which has been very important for our players year to year. All these things mentioned provide a better program for our kids and we are doing them together as a club.

We are always under a constant review from one year to the next. We are evaluating, discussing and planning the way we are providing experiences for our players like: Which competitions they play in? Which arenas they should be playing in whether outdoor or indoors? This ultimately give us continuity through the age groups and levels. This enhances each players development pathway and therefore the teams and age group as a whole.

In youth soccer you need to have stability. Within stability you need good and consistent coaches, regular leagues to play in and to have set training routines. After the stability, players need opportunities to grow and to develop their own talent; this is how they will fulfill their potential.

As players develop locally, they can move into arenas regionally and nationally. The 8 year old student, who is the most talented player, may not be most talented player at 18 years of age because of player growth at different points. We understand this and try to help all of our players improve along this journey. We help players together via the entire staff working as a team and this helps us focus on every player’s best interests, rather than staff focusing on each team individually.

I let all youth teams play the same way and I always put the emphasis on learning. Sometimes I have the suspicion that youth coaches were more concerned with winning. They cared about their own reputation; I cared only about the interest of the club. When a player with talent couldn't defend, I put the player in defense so they could learn but that might cost a win. I didn't care as I was busy developing the player. This is how all CSA players, parents and coaches should think.

Tim Balatsoukas
President and Director of Coaching (DOC)