WHAT IS THE WPL SURF ACADEMY?

The Washington Premier League (WPL) Surf Academy provides high-level playing opportunities for the ambitious and elite players. This club-complementing training and playing program has two components to it, a junior and senior program. The younger ages are called the Surf Juniors Academy, (click here), which is open for birth years of 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. The older age groups are known as our Surf Academy, (boys: click here , girls: click here), and open for birth years 2007-2003. These pools of players will train outside, in addition to (not in place), of their Club teams, and is aimed at increasing the levels of our players which in turn will help increase the level of our leagues teams.

The WPL Surf Academy is a pathway for ambitious and elite players that are selected for a statewide pool of 26-36 players. This group is looking to play at the next level, at college recruitment, with possibilities of playing beyond that. The staff consists of DOC’s, Technical Directors, and top-licensed coaches within the WPL.

Our mission is two-fold. First, to assist players in reaching their potential by helping them become smarter tactically and more confident technically. Second, to support the clubs across the Washington Premier League by developing these talented young players by giving them additional training with competitive college showcase opportunities.

Our training includes tactical themes, technical and tactical functional training, and teaching of systems of play. In this manner we are helping raise the playing level and competitive nature and exposure of the league.

Training is monthly, except for April during the WA State Cup tournament, with tryouts in August and training starting in September through July. There is an initial ‘Development’ phase consisting of foundational topics that bring players up to a level which to progress from. This includes tactical themes, technical and tactical functional training, and systems of play. Continued trainings continue with scrimmages and tournaments sprinkled as the competitive phases increase throughout the year.

What does the WPL Surf Academy do?

The WPL Surf Academy provides additional training opportunities for elite players to train and compete together under the guidance of top national and regional coaches.

COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PLAY
FORM STATEWIDE ALL-STAR TEAMS
PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL SHOWCASE TOURNAMENTS
DEVELOP DISCIPLINED TRAINING HABITS
IDENTIFY TALENT AT THE US CLUB PDP EVENTS
ENLARGE YOUR EXPOSURE TO COLLEGE COACHES

Surf Academy is a more committed, and more well-rounded version of the Olympic Development Program (ODP): more training, more college showcases, more exposure to college coaches which lasts for nine to eleven months.

How will the Academy experience differ from a typical club setting?

The Academy system is the best environment for player development. The Surf Academy offers top caliber instruction from coaches with USSF A, USSF B licenses, as well as United Soccer Coaches Premier level diplomas and many of them having played at the highest levels of our game. The Academy competes throughout the country at high level national and regional competitions. These tournaments and events expose players to a vast network of collegiate and national team coaches.

What are the advantages of playing for an Academy?

With the WPL’s ‘Surf’ affiliation and its nationwide credibility, players are able to receive such playing experiences and exposure that compliment, and may go beyond, the Club team tournaments.

How many WPL Surf Academy players have gone onto play at the collegiate level?

The WPL Surf Academy has had over 75 players go on to play collegiate soccer since it’s foundation.

What are the costs for WPL Surf Academy players?

The selected Academy players pay $600 program participation fee. Non-WPL players pay $650 program participation fee. These fees cover field costs, training, coaches’ fees, administrative fees, and daily operations of the Surf Academy. Tournament costs vary according to age group within the Academy. Scholarships are available on an as needed basis for any player who applies and provides supporting documents.

Which age groups will compete in the WPL Surf Academy?

The Academy is split by gender into 4 age divisions; 2003/04 Girls and Boys, 2005 Girls and Boys, 2006 Girls and Boys, 2007 Girls and Boys,. Surf Juniors is broken up into Girls and Boys 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 age groups.

How are Academy players selected?

The WPL Surf Academy has tryout sessions for players to be selected across the state for each age group in the Surf Academy program.

Training opportunities are also available for identified or recommended players by respective club directors for potential inclusion into the age group pool. The WPL Surf Academy holds open tryouts in August each year.

When are tryouts?

Please check the WPL Surf Academy Surf Academy Tryout page  for current information.

How long is the season?

The season typically runs nine to eleven months depending on the age group, from August thru July.

How often do teams train?

During the season, with the exception for April during the WA State Cup tournament, the Academy teams typically train once a month as an entire age group pool at various locations mainly in Western WA locations. Each training date has two training sessions for each age group. Each training session is 90 minutes long.

Where do the WPL Surf Academy teams train?

The Academy Regional training sessions are in locations such as: Starfire Sports (Tukwila, WA), Ravensdale Park(Maple Valley), Kelley Farms Complex (Bonney Lake), Eastlake High School(Sammamish), Ingraham High School (Seattle). The location varies depending on weather and scheduling.

How will the Academy experience differ from a typical club setting?

The Academy system is the best environment for player development. The Surf Academy offers top caliber instruction from coaches with USSF A, USSF B licenses, as well as United Soccer Coaches Premier level diplomas and many of them having played at the highest levels of our game. The Academy competes throughout the country at high level national and regional competitions. These tournaments and events expose players to a vast network of collegiate and national team coaches.

WPL Surf Academy Key Dates:

  • August:
    • Tryout sessions
  • September: Final pools announced
    • Academy fees due – $550
    • Pool training
  • October:
    • Pool training
  • November:
    • Tournament
  • December:
    • Tournament
  • January:
    • ID Camp
    • Tournament
    • Pool training
  • February:
    • Pool training
  • March:
    • Pool training
    • Tournament
  • April:
    • No training
  • May:
    • Pool training
    • Tournament
  • June:
    • Pool training
  • July:
    • Tournament 

Who do the Academy teams play?

The Academy teams compete throughout the country at high-level national and regional competitions. Please refer to the  Academy Calendar page for a complete list of events and tournaments.

Who coaches the WPL Surf Academy teams?

The WPL Surf Academy is under the direction of Academy Coaching Director  Erik Oman, as well as Surf Juniors Director, Matthew Olson. The full list of Academy coaches can be found by visiting our Academy Coaching Staff page.

Tournaments – no guarantee to travel to each event

This is no guarantee that a player will travel to all the tournaments.

Will players be selected statewide for top tournaments?

Yes, Academy tournament rosters are selected from players in each age group’s state wide pool.

Information to consider regarding players traveling to SX Cup in Canada:

  • Travel: This is an international tournament.
  • Proof of citizenship must be carried; a birth certificate accompanied by a photo ID will usually suffice. Proof of residence also may be required. Naturalized citizens should carry their naturalization certificate, and U.S. resident aliens must have an Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green Card).
  • Provide a Consent letter confirming that the child has permission to travel abroad (e.g. when taking a trip alone or with only one parent)
  • Supporting identification, such as a birth certificate or citizenship card

If the weather is bad all day, will the training be canceled?

If the weather is to be bad all day, the Academy Staff will make the decision regarding the training status and contact families via e-mail addresses provided during the time of program registration..

What is the Surf Academy program tuition cost?

REGISTRATION*

$600/WPL PLAYER (*$650 for non-WPL Players)
  • Academy Program registration fee includes:
  • Training Sessions
  • Field Rental
  • Coaching Fees

JUNIORS TOURNAMENT ESTIMATE*

$400/Tournament
  • Tournament Costs
  • Meals and Snacks,
  • Coaching Fees
  • Hotel Conference Room Fees
  • Cost of transportation to the tournament event, such as flights, and cost of hotel rooms is separate and the responsibility of the player.

ACADEMY TOURNAMENT ESTIMATE**

$925/Tournament
  • Tournament Costs
  • Meals and Snacks
  • Coaching Fees
  • Hotel Rooms
  • Ground Transportation
  • Hotel Conference Room Fees
  • Cost of transportation to the tournament event, such as flights, is separate and the responsibility of the player.

Is financial aid available?

The WPL Surf Academy will offer scholarships on a case-by-case basis. All applications for financial aid will be reviewed by the Academy. Please e-mail surfacademy@wpl-soccer.com.

What is your refund policy?

WPL Surf Academy Program Fees:

WPL Surf Academy Tryouts: no refunds will be awarded. If a player pulls out after registering, the player will forfeit the entire tryout registration payment.
WPL Surf Academy Program Registration refunds are awarded based on a sliding scale.
Last Date of Play or Practice:
For those players registered prior to August 21, 2021 tryouts:

  • • Refunds submitted prior July 15, 2021 may receive up to 50% of total registration fees. A 5%
    transaction fee will be taken from each transaction.*

  • • August 1 to October 31, 2021: May receive up to 25% of the total registration fees due. A 5%
    transaction fee will be taken from each transaction.*

  • • Nov 1, 2020 or after: No program refunds will be issued after Nov 1st, 2021.

For those players registered after the August 21, 2021 tryouts:

  • • Refunds submitted prior September 31 may receive up to 50% of total registration fees. A 5% transaction fee will be taken
    from each transaction.*

  • • October 1 to November 30: May receive up to 25% of the total registration fees due. A 5% transaction fee will be taken from
    each transaction.*

  • • December 1 or after: No refunds will be issued after December 1st.

*Overpayment of tournament fee’s will be held and rolled over to the following year unless you leave the program. At that point a refund request form may be completed.

WPL Surf Academy Tournament Fees:

WPL Surf Academy Tournament Fees is non-refundable once player commits to attend a tournament by accepting the roster invitation. If written notice is received prior to the tournament commitment deadline, refunds will be awarded. Otherwise, if after committing to attend a tournament, no refunds will be awarded. If a player pulls out of a tournament after accepting the invitation before the deadline, the player will forfeit the entire tournament fee/payment.
If unable to attend due to medical injury, the WPL Surf Academy will require a doctor’s note in order to issue any refunds after the tournament acceptance deadline.
Refund Requests due to Medical injury:
• Pulling out of tournament prior to Acceptance deadline: May receive up to 100% of the total tournament fees plus doctor’s note minus 20% administration fee.
• Pulling out of tournament after the Acceptance deadline: May receive 50% of the total tournament fees plus doctor’s note minus 20% administration fee.

WPL Surf Academy ID Camp Refunds:

ID Camp refunds will be awarded prior to December 31st minus $25 Administration Fee .
If a player pulls out between January 1st and week prior to the Camp commencement, the player will receive 50% refund.
Players that pull out within 7 days leading up to the ID Camp will forfeit the entire registration payment.