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Pre-Travel Academy


The Pre-Travel Academy (formerly called Juniors Academy) provides a fun start to developing essential skills for soccer and a lifelong passion for the game for players born in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In addition, it helps children develop personal skills, such as self-confidence, listening skills, and core social skills for effective communication and cooperation on and off the field.

Our goal is to ensure that children have fun while developing their love of the game and proficiency in the game. U6-U8 players play 4v4 with a size 3 ball. There is no selective tryout for the Juniors program.

The Pre-Travel Academy is a pivotal component of the DC Soccer Club pathway as it prepares players for the next step in their soccer development. Juniors Foundation Academy players will have various paths to pursue following their time in the program. Whether they choose to progress to the Travel Program, ADP, or Rec players will have the skills necessary to fulfill their soccer aspirations.


The Winter season will run from January 6 - March 11. Pre-Travel will practice once a week on Fridays and play games in the DCSC Futsal League on Saturdays. 

U6/7 (2017/2016) from 4:30-5:30pm
U8 (2015) from 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Jelleff Rec Center
Dates: (Fridays) Jan 6, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10.  

Games - Teams will participate in the DCSC Futsal League 
Dates: (Saturdays) Jan 7, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11.  
Locations: TBD gyms in DC

Fee: $395

REGISTRATION - Open soon for 2023 Spring Season

Please contact Mavis Danso with questions in the meantime. 


The Winter season will run from January 4 - March 11. Pre-Travel will practice once a week on Wednesdays and play games in the DCSC Futsal League on Saturdays. 

Time: U6/U7/U8 (2017/2016/2015) from 5:00-6:00pm
Location: Petworth mini pitch 
Dates: (Wednesday) Jan 4, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, March 1, 8.  


Games - Teams will participate in the DCSC Futsal League 
Dates: (Saturdays) Jan 7, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11.  
Locations: TBD gyms in DC

Fee: $395

REGISTRATION - Open soon for 2023 Spring Season

Please contact Mavis Danso with questions in the meantime. 

Pre-Travel FAQ

What age group is U6-U8 Pre-Travel?

For the 2022 season, the Pre-Travel program is for boys and girls who were born in 2015 (U8), 2016 (U7), and 2017 (U6).

What is the expected commitment? Do I have to give up on other sports? 

DC Soccer Club’s U6-U8 Pre-Travel program is aimed at the long-term development of players, which requires a commitment to consistent practice. This does not mean players cannot play other sports. Players at these young ages are encouraged to play other sports for more well-rounded development.  

What will the coaches focus on in training? 

Individual Player Development. One player on one ball. Technical training will be a priority in order to develop the fundamental skills necessary to be successful in later years. Long-term skill development is essential. Coaches will introduce tactical decision-making, physical development, and psychological development while developing a love of the game of soccer. 

Is there a uniform for Pre-Travel?

Pre-Travel Players are asked to order and wear a red DC Soccer Club practice jersey to training sessions. U8 players are required to also buy a uniform kit. There are optional warm-ups and a backpack. Uniform ordering information will be provided end of July for the Fall Session. Any players registered after that, within 3-5 days after registration you will be sent an email from prompting you to log in and order the jersey and uniform from The uniform will be directly sent to your home.

Do players need to wear anything specific to practice? 

Players are asked to wear a DC Soccer Club red training shirt, comfortable sports shorts or pants, soccer socks pulled over their shinguards, and cleats or indoor soccer shoes/tennis shoes. Players are asked to bring an inflated size 3 ball and water to each practice. 

What does the U6-U8 Pre-Travel Program expect from parents? 
1. Arrange to get your child to training and play days on time  
2. Be supportive of your child and fellow DC Soccer Club Juniors members   
3. Leave the coaching to the coaches (cheer, but do not coach)
4. Encourage them to get the ball out on their own free time
5. Trust the process. Some games and drills may not look intuitive but all have a purpose

Can a player do both the Juniors program and the Recreational Program at the same time?

Yes, players not only can but are encouraged to stay with their Recreational team while participating in the Pre-Travel program. Games will never conflict, and if a practice does, the player has the option to choose which practice they attend.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the Financial Aid Application prior to program registration. 

Please email with questions.