SESA Select Programs

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, and u8. 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. Jr Academy is offered in 3 seasons; Fall, Winter, and Spring.


  • The Academy level is u9 & u10. Boys and girls play in different teams at this level. Players travel to up to 4 designated play dates for their fall and spring league games and attend 2 tournaments in the fall and spring seasons and attend one winter tournament for an average of 12-16 games per season. The program is a full year (fall, winter, 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 2 fall and spring tournaments each season and 1 winter tournament. Seasons are full year, fall, winter, 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 and winter season only as Iowa high school is in the spring. Teams play a minimum of 6 league and attend 3 tournaments (2 fall, 1 winter). Teams are more closely overseen by Director of Coaching 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 season with regular training sessions run by the Director of Coaching and other Pro Staff coaches. 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. SESA is introducing Men's and Women's First Teams that will compete in exhibition games during the 2022 season with the aim of joining an established competitive amateur leagues, such as the Midwest Premier League and Women's Premier Soccer League, in the 2023 season.

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