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SESA Select

The Select programs are our Competitive travel state sanctioned club teams. There are 5 levels to the Select program; Jr Academy, Academy, Select, High School Select, and U23 Select.

  • Jr Academy, is for ages u6 & u7. This program trains weekly with our pro staff and is head coached by a staff coach. The teams play in the rec league u8 division and plays in the spring and fall home tournaments. It is an introduction to club soccer without the added travel. Our Jr Academy is set up to teach the fundamentals and better prepare players to develop their technical skills and understanding than what they would likely receive playing in the normal rec league.

 

  • The Academy level is u9 & u10. Boys and girls play in different teams at this level. Players travel to 4 designated play dates for their league games and attend 2 fall tournaments, 1 winter tournament, 2 spring tournaments, and automatic registration in the winter weekly street soccer program. The Program is a full year (fall and spring season). Players attend regular training sessions each week with their head coach and the pro staff coach rotation. Player Development is tracked and evaluated each season. The focus of the Academy program is to increase technical ability, passing concepts, 1v1 attacking, 1v1 defending, and basic team tactical concepts.

 

  • Select level is broken down into two age grouping; u11/12 and u13/14. The u11/12 teams play 9v9 games while the u13/14 play 11v11. Each team has multiple training sessions each week with their head coach and one of the pro coaches. Teams play in the Iowa Soccer League (ISL) and compete against other club teams in Iowa. They have a few more travel league days (6+). Each team plays in 2fall, 1 winter, and 2 spring tournaments, with automatic registration in the winter weekly street soccer program. Seasons are full year, fall and spring. At this stage the focus is expanding concepts of team tactics, advanced ball mastery, positional understanding, and individual mastery of multiple skills and positions. At the 13/14 age players may start to develop towards a more specific group of positions but all players learn how to play every position at a competitive level.

 

  • The high school select is the our most competitive youth program. Age groups are typically broken into u15/16 and u17/18/19. All teams are fall season only as Iowa high school is in the spring. Team play a minimum of 6 games in the ISL and attend 3 tournaments (2 fall and 1 winter). Teams are more closely overseen by DOC/ADOC with weekly training sessions run by head coach and pro coaches. At this age u15/16 players will begin to specialize in 2 or 3 related positions. The 17/18/19 players may develop in a primary position and another secondary position. At this stage the focus is technical mastery, tactical understanding and real time decision making, system and style understanding, and advanced concepts that make up the physical/mental/technical/and tactical components of the game. While development is still the primary focus, more emphasis is placed on being competitive to drive development.

 

  • The u23 select is the highest level of play at SESA and one of the highest levels of play in the area, most clubs do not have u23 programs. The u23 is specifically designed for local players on a college roster, in college, and college bound high schoolers. The program has a summer and winter season with regular training sessions run by the ADOC (former college player and current college coach). The program is run like a Competitive college program and players are challenged to continue to develop in all areas of the game. Players are able to continue to improve and better prepare for their college seasons by playing with the u23 program. High schoolers are also able to train and play with current college players and receive top level coaching and make tremendous improvements. There are separate men's and women's teams that play in the local 11v11 league and will be attending the Iowa Soccer Adult Championship series.

SESA Coaches

SESA coaches are overseen by our Director of Coaching. All teams have a designated head coach who runs the weekly practices and games. All head coaches hold a coaching license from the US Soccer Federation. In addition to the head coaches, SESA also has multiple professional staff coaches and auxiliary coaches. The staff coaches will work with multiple teams each week on a rotation- in addition to head coaching teams. Coaches also work with the Assistant DOC/ Head Staff Coach regularly to plan out and implement their session plans and review player development. All staff coaches are former college players and/or current college coaches with years of experience in the game and a dedication to player development.

ISL

The Iowa Soccer League (ISL) is the competitive travel league sanctioned by Iowa Soccer. SESA competes in the ISL at all u10-u19 levels. The league is comprised of other area clubs. At the Academy and u11/12 level, games are played on specified "play dates" and locations in the "East" division. This is done to minimize travel and make the league and programs more efficient. All other teams then compete on varying dates and locations during their season. Our teams average 8 ISL games each season. Most locations are within 1.5 hours of Burlington, as well as home games played in Burlington.

In additional to the ISL, some teams may also compete in the 641 league. The 641 league is a more developmentally focused local league. To get additional games or developmentally appropriate playing time, teams may play some 641 games during their regular season.

Tournaments

In each fall and spring season, SESA teams attend a minimum of 2 tournaments and often will attend a 3rd. All teams attend the home tournaments; the Monster Match in October, and Midnight Cup in May. Additionally teams are able to play in the home Turf Wars tournament in February. The DOC selects which tournaments each team will attend, or give options of suitable tournaments to attend. The tournaments are selected based on travel (preference is given to tournaments that do not require overnight stays), competition level, number of teams in the tournament division pool, variety of Competition (play new teams), and previous experience of the competitions.

Tournaments attended in the past: Muscatine (Fall & Spring), FC United (Fall & Spring), Peoria, Just For Girls/ Just For Boys (Fall & Spring), Dubuque (Fall & Spring), Iowa City (Fall, Spring, & Winter), etc.

 

SESA may allow teams to attend additional tournaments, or help to organize rosters and coaches for additional tournaments and showcases with approval of DOC. Examples are Union program Kansas City showcase, Adidas Tournament of Champions Showcase, Iowa City Bubble winter tournament, etc.

SESA Uniforms

SESA Uniforms

SESA is partnered with adidas for our official kits. Our main club sponsor FunCity and uniform sponsor Dr. Mark Pothitakis Dentistry are featured on all uniforms. Each player is responsible for purchasing their uniform. Uniforms are on a 2 year cycle and are purchased thorugh our soccer.com club partnership. 

All players will also wear the required training jersey sponsored by Dr. Mark Pothitakis Dentistry to all training sessions, games, and designated club functions. Training jerseys are also on a matching 2 year cycle.

Player Pathway Structure

Player Pathway Structure

Birth Year Matrix

Birth Year Matrix

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Contact Info

Southeast Soccer Academy
P.O. Box 394
Burlington, Iowa 52601

Email: admin@sesasoccer.com