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Shaylee expects to see 'passion for soccer' at tryouts

By James Shaw, 05/09/19, 6:45AM MDT


7 Elite Academy Head of Youth Development Shaylee Wilson wants to help develop 'a true love of the game' as the organization prepares to welcome more new players at tryouts this month.

The 7EA tryouts get under way in Southern Utah on May 13th and run at various locations across the state - including Salt Lake County, Utah County and Davis/Weber area - until May 31st.

An experienced coaching line-up at the Academy means youngsters will learn from staff who have worked with some of the world's top players at clubs in the English Premier League and La Liga.

Wilson believes creating an enjoyment of playing soccer is a key element in ensuring the development of 7EA youngsters during an important stage of their lives.

She said: “I would tell any parent that if you're looking for the true development of your child and for the opportunity to learn to love and grow in the game, then this is the place for them.

“We have the youngsters' well-being at the heart of everything we do. Our programs are designed to make sure they develop as good young people, both within the game itself and in wider society.

“It is important that as well as being well-rounded, players can be good leaders who are ready to be competitive, they read the game well and are able to compete at the highest level possible.

“We will give our players the opportunity to showcase themselves at different tournaments throughout the country. This means they can be seen by college coaches or even professional club coaches.”

The three main phase at 7 Elite Academy include Foundation, Youth Development and Future Elites. These give youngsters a chance to tailor their training throughout the different stages of their development.

Wilson's position as Head of Youth Development means she oversees the training programs of players who are ready to learn the key skills and technical knowledge for a career in soccer.

She added: “Our priority in the Youth Development Phase is helping players to train and work to the best of their ability with different groups and always within their particular age and skill level.

“By doing this, we make sure they grow in all areas of the game, including physical, mental, social and technical & tactical skills. One of the biggest joys is seeing players who make decisions for themselves without needing a coach to tell them.

“Our curriculum allows us to teach the fundamentals throughout each phase of the game, which in turns gives us the opportunity to teach the tactical side of soccer as well.

“Players become well-rounded because we work on a six-week program with them, which means we can then adapt practices to meet their particular needs and skills.”

There is no charge for current 7 Elite Academy players to take part in tryouts, while others will be charged $10 ($20 if paying on the day) which includes an exclusive tryout jersey.

Age brackets will range from under-9 to under-18, although there will also be sample training sessions for Pre-Academy players in the 2012-2015 birth years.

 Players are encouraged to attend all days of tryouts for their location and age group.  To aid in an efficient check-in process at the try-outs, all players are encouraged to pre-register. 

On site same day registration is $20 dollars.

For more details about this year's tryouts, including dates and times, go to