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Tuscaloosa United Soccer Club’s Academy Program is designed for boys and girls U9-U12 or 8-11 years old.  Academy teams play within the Development League (D-League) sponsored by Legion FC, the new USL professional team in Birmingham, AL.  The program has been created to promote player development over team development in a child centered environment in an effort to increase enjoyment and retention.  The priorities are safety, fun, development and love of the game of soccer.

The Academy is led by Coach Barry Spitzer, Executive Director of Tuscaloosa United Soccer Club.  Coach Spitzer brings over 34 years of experience in youth athletics, an US Soccer A-License, a Premier Diploma and many more certifications.  Coached by our highly qualified, professional coaching staff, the academy practices twice a week, competes in D-League games, and has the opportunity to attend tournaments each season.

Invitation to participate in the Academy is offered through player evaluation sessions held each spring and winter.  This is a great opportunity for your child to compete with players of similar ability and commitment level and enjoy an excellent experience with youth soccer.

Academy Soccer 

Invitation Only

Dates | Times

Registration is available online and in person at any Tuscaloosa County PARA Office during office hours (8a-5p, M-F). 

Academy Registration and Fees

There are three financial obligations for Academy Soccer at Tuscaloosa United Soccer Club.

  1. Club Fee
  2. Team Fee
  3. Soccer Uniform

The Club Fee for the academy is $350 per participant.  The club fee includes the team bond, coaching staff pay, major equipment costs, administrative costs, facility costs, etc. Fees are paid each fall and spring.

Team Fees are unique to each team and vary based on travel and tournament participation. The team fees cover tournament entry fees, coach travel expenses, D-League officials, minor equipment costs, etc.  Payment will be handled by each team’s manager throughout the season each fall and spring.

Uniforms for the Academy are purchased directly from Soccer.com by each player individually.  Participants will receive an email from Soccer.com detailing how to order their uniforms as needed.

Payment Options:

  • Option 1: Pay full amount of club fees for one Competitive Soccer Season $450.
  • Option 2: Pay club fee deposit ($100) upon registration and remaining balance will be billed in two equal installments with auto-draft from your credit card on January 18 and February 18. (or February 18 and March 18, if you register after the deadline.)

Important:  Registration must be complete, and the club fee or club fee deposit must be paid, before a player is allowed to participate.  If the club fee or club fee deposit has not been paid by January 21 a late fee will be charged and the player will not be allowed to participate until a minimum of $100 has been paid.  The late is fee $50. 

Team fees, which cover tournaments and team events, will be handled by the team manager and charged separately at a later date.

Academy Soccer Evaluations

Academy Evaluations are held twice a year.  If your player would like to join the Academy for the Spring 2021 season, come to Academy Soccer Spring Evaluations!   This spring’s evaluations are for boys and girls, born between 2009 and 2012.


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Barry Spitzer

Director of Coaching