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Aztec Soccer Club: 2021-22 Program Overview

Are you looking to maximize your player's development in a local, professionally-run and core-value based environment? Look no further than Aztec Soccer Club which has offered exceptional soccer development for ALL players for more than 20 years.

See below for a summary of the Program Features (Junior Academy through U23 Teams) offered in Aztec Central which encompasses the North Shore of Massachusetts. Check out the "Regions" section to learn more about additional Aztec regions that span across Massachusetts and into New Hampshire.



The Aztec Difference

For two decades, Aztec Soccer Club has been a leader in providing high level and professional soccer training through a player development model that has a proven track record of allowing players to fulfill their potential while also instilling a lifelong love for the game.

Recent partnerships with Skillz Check - the top technical skills program in the Northeast - as well as with local training facilities (indoor and outdoor) result in our players receiving - across all age groups - the highest quality, the most progressive and the maximum amount of training opportunities all within the North Shore and beyond through our regional partners. Simply put, we bring the best directly to you.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: The Aztec Professional Player Development Pathway aims to unlock these opportunities for players of all ages through high-level and progressive technical, tactical, physical, and mental training.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF: The Aztec coaching staff is made up of the highly-licensed and experienced coaches who are respected as the most established trainers in all of New England. The dedicated staff brings exceptional records of development and achievement.

PROVEN PATHWAY:  For 20 years, Aztec has developed thousands of players who have gone on to successful youth, high school, college and professional careers. A comprehensive College Preparatory Program provides professional support for all senior players.

CORE VALUES: The program places a premium on teaching core values that impact the overall character of each individual player. Giving back to the community is paramount to instilling positive life values.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Aztec Soccer Club was a leader in development a comprehensive health & safety program during the global pandemic. The program remains committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our players, coaches and community.

Skillz Check Soccer Academy

Our Technical Skills Partner

Through this partnership, Aztec players gain access to Skillz Check program offerings. Skillz Check Soccer Academy was founded by Aztec's Technical Director, Mo Keita, and is well known around the North Shore for delivering top-level soccer training, with the objective of guiding youth players to reach their maximum potential.

College Preparatory Program

Our Senior Pathway

The Aztec College Preparatory (Prep) Program is designed to guide and assist senior players as they navigate through high school and into college. The goal of our program is to provide the academic and recruiting guidance, information and resources to better enable them to advance to the next step in their journey as a student-athlete. 


Aztec Junior Academy

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Aztec Junior Academy is designed to prepare players for the demands of the competitive program pathway. The Junior Academy introduces a fun, fast-paced, game-like environment that teaches the fundamentals, improves soccer intelligence, builds healthy training habits, and inspires a love of the game.

Our Junior Academy coaches are keenly focused on individual player development, but also begin to introduce team play and concepts. We also educate parents about proper expectations in their child’s youth soccer experience and begin to create a proper pathway for each player.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: The Aztec Junior Academy  offers a progressive curriculum and training environment that supports multiple ability levels. Individual-focused training coupled with team play fosters a community environment and establishes a technical foundation and direct pathway into Junior Teams.

TRAINING LOCATION: Top facilities on the North Shore

LEAGUE PLAY: New England Premiership (NEP)

TEAMS OFFERED: U9 - U10

CONTACT:
Jeff Winterton
Jr Academy Boys Director

Ashley McGown
Jr Academy, Girls Director

Junior Academy Program Summary

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Skillz Check Summer Skillz Camps 2 Training sessions/week 1 Training session/week 2 Training sessions/week
(optional) NEP 7v7 Festival Matches 1 Remote training/week NEP 7v7 Festival Matches
1 Futsal Match/week

Our 2020-21 Aztec Junior Academy players - our boys shown here - were recognized by New England Soccer Journal for being leaders in health and safety guidelines.


Coach Hannah Lejeune with our 2020-21 Aztec 2011 girls. Coach Hannah started in the Aztec Jr Academy at the age of six and went on to become an incredible high school and college player. In 2018, she led her Danvers High School team to a state championshi


Aztec Junior Teams

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Aztec Junior U11-U14 teams are designed to prepare passionate young soccer players for success. The goal is to create special players with confidence on the ball while also focusing on developing soccer intelligence, physicality, mental toughness, and character.

Our Junior Teams receive a high level of training by licensed, experienced coaches with a focus on player development. Our emphasis is on individual confidence with the ball, technical development, and placing the kids in a competitive environment to expose them to all the components of the game.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: The Aztec Junior Teams receive maximum technical and tactical training in team and pool settings. These sessions are complimented by a series of league matches (fall and spring), futsal and intrasquad competition (winter), classroom and remote sessions (fall, winter and spring), and tournament experiences.

TEAMS OFFERED: U11-U14

PRIMARY TRAINING LOCATION: Essex Sports Center (Middleton); Bishop Fenwick High School (Peabody); Essex Technical High School (Danvers); St. John's Prep (Danvers); Shore Country Day School (Beverly); Danvers Indoor Sports Center (Danvers).

LEAGUE PLAY: New England Premiership (NPL/NEP); New England Impact League (girls)

CONTACT:
Jeff Winterton
Jr Boys Director

Ashley McGown
Jr Girls Director

Junior Team Program Summary

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Skillz Check Camps (optional) 2 Training sessions/week 2 Training session/week 2 Training sessions/week
Pre-season training (end of August) 1 Pool Training/week 1 In-house game/week 1 Pool Training/week
1 League game/week 1 Classroom Training/week 1 League game/week
1 Remote Team Training/week 1 Remote Team Training/week

The 2020-21 Aztec Boys 2007 team following a New England Regional Cup semifinal victory with Coach Douglas Silveira, a member of the Aztec full-time coaching staff who is one of the all-time leading scorers at UMass Boston.


The 2020-21 Aztec Girls 2008 Impact team which went undefeated in league play and qualified for the 2021 Girls NPL Finals.


Aztec Senior Teams

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Aztec Senior U15-U19 teams prepare players for success at the highest level of soccer they are looking to play -- whether that be high school, college, or beyond. The advanced curriculum focus on the individual player and their goals. Players are allowed to compete for their high school teams during the fall season.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: The Aztec Senior Teams play in the top levels of club competition and participate in intense technical and tactical training sessions during the winter through spring months. Senior players work with highly-licensed and experienced coaches, many of whom are connected with local college programs. The senior players gain access to top college showcases and tournaments and receive personalized support and services through the College Preparatory Program.

U15 PROGRAM: From September through mid November, all U15 players who are not eligible to play high school sports take part in a comprehensive fall training program which includes a minimum of three training sessions per week.

TEAMS OFFERED: U15* & U16-U19

PRIMARY TRAINING LOCATION: Essex Sports Center (Middleton); Bishop Fenwick High School (Peabody); Essex Technical High School (Danvers); St. John's Prep (Danvers); Shore Country Day School (Beverly); Danvers Indoor Sports Center (Danvers); DIS Wilmington (Wilmington).

LEAGUE PLAY: New England Premiership (NPL/NEP); New England Impact League (girls)

CONTACT:
Julius Pertillar
Sr Boys Director

Mike Kersker
Sr Girls Director

Mo Souisse
NPL Girls Director

Senior Team Program Summary

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Skillz Check Camp (optional) High School Play * 2 Training session/week 2 Training sessions/week
1 Remote Game Analysis Session/week 1 Pool Training/week
1 League game/week

* During the fall season, Aztec supports participation by its players  for their respective high school teams. There is no formal Aztec team training from September through mid November in respect of the high school fall soccer season.


The 2020-21 Aztec Girls 2004 Impact NPL CD and Aztec Girls 2004 Impact NPL (shown here together) both competed in the New England Impact NPL during the 2020-21 season.


The 2020-21 Aztec Boston Boys 2005 was one of four Azec teams to advance to the semifinals of the 2021 New England Regional Cup Competition.


Aztec U23 Team

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Every summer, Aztec runs a U23 men's and women's program structured to offer players a competitive opportunity to train and play in preparation for the upcoming collegiate season.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: The U23 program offers players in the New England Premiership (men) and  United Women's Soccer Two (women) U23 divisions , training twice a week starting in late May. Teams are coached by senior Aztec staff including many collegiate coaches.  All games will be played once a week on Sundays. The season typically runs  from late May to late July. Home field (games and training) are located on the North Shore.

TEAMS OFFERED: U23

PRIMARY TRAINING LOCATION: Endicott College (Beverly); Essex Technical High School (Danvers); Gordon College (Wenham); Waring School (Beverly).

LEAGUE PLAY: New England Premiership, United Women's Soccer Two

CONTACT:
Jared Scarpaci
U23 Boys

Mike Kersker
U23 Girls



General Program Overview

Here are specific updates as it relates to the 2021-22 season.

Annual Club Fee: The 2021-22 club fee is based on Aztec providing a comprehensive scope of services – technical sessions (indoor and outdoor), league play (fall and spring), tactical and physical training, and skills sessions – from August through the end of May (for junior academy and junior teams) and from mid November through the end of May (for senior teams).

Sibling Discount: Families with multiple players registering for the same season are eligible to receive a 5% sibling discount. In order to take advantage of the discount, all players must be registered at the same time. A 5% discount will be applied to the second player as well as any additional players from that point on.

Classroom Training: A series of remote trainings (classroom and possible small group and team trainings) may be incorporated to complement other current and planned on-field and in-person curriculum.

Tuition Assistance: Aztec Soccer Club is committed to providing a high-quality, affordable youth soccer program, accessible to everyone. To be considered for tuition assistance, applicants must complete the online application (click here). Applicants must be in good financial standing with the club and their team from prior years.

Pre-Season Training: It is important to note that Aztec is planning to begin the 2021-22 season at the end of August and will introduce pre-season training for Junior teams.

Tournament Fees: There will be no assessed tournament fees until tournament play has been confirmed and fully communicated through the individual team channels. If teams are able to and the club feels comfortable placing our teams in a tournament environment, families will be assessed the appropriate fee at that time.

Uniforms: All players are required to purchase uniform kit items through Soccer.com. The Aztec uniform kit runs on a two-year cycle and are valid from fall 2020 through spring 2022 (the 2020-21 season and the 2021-22 season).


Our Partners

The Aztec Soccer Club has formed strategic partnerships that allow our program to better support the needs of our players and families.