Academy Program

What is the Players North Academy Program?   A soccer training and development program that includes registration on a team; league games; mid-week team practices and a weekend group skills training session.  This is the best soccer training program offered in Northern Nevada.

Benefits of Our Academy Program:

  • Players are taught and will develop individual soccer technique and mastery of the ball, through an enjoyable curriculum with a proven track record.
  • Developing confidence and control of the ball results in players having success on the field and enjoy playing the game even more!
  • Our teams are made up of other players all working towards improving their skills through our Academy system.  Our teams improve as a group and quickly become more advanced than their competition.
  • Coaches are provided with training and ongoing support from the most experienced Professional Coaching Staff in Northern Nevada.

About Academy Training: Our Academy training is designed to develop players of various abilities and ages simultaneously.  Our program was created by Jason Goodson, Director of Coaching, and has been used and refined over the last 20 years with a proven record of success.  The curriculum allows for players to develop at their own pace and is more than just teaching technical moves.  There is a process and a methodology behind every movement, instruction and the implementation of the skill.

Academy Training Schedule

During COVID-19 our Academy Training Program didn’t stopp or even slow down.  Through a combination of 80+ original soccer training videos our Academy Coaching Staff has made sure all our players have been able to keep developing their soccer skills while at home!

Weekly live Academy sessions with Coach Jason, Move Of The Day videos with Coach Dustin, and a host of other great content from Coaches Casey, Clydesdale, Brian, Emma, Mike, and Nick!  Players North Soccer Club has been able to provide opportunities to maintain fitness, develop technical abilities and improve game knowledge.  Our Virtual Training Program is included with Players North Club Membership and available to every player in our club.

Academy Program for Players 9 Yrs Old and Younger

Players are placed on a Players North team that competes in GBYSL recreational league playing games on Saturdays and practicing mid-week as a team.  Players are encouraged to attend a weekly club-wide Academy training sessions run by the Academy Directors.  Club Membership Fee is $500 for the year (average less than $42 per month), and a GBYSL league registration fee of $120 per seasonFees can be paid in full at time of registration or in equal monthly installments.  Includes an orange Academy training shirt with initial registration.

Club-wide Academy Training Sessions are usually 9:30am to 10:30am on Sundays.  Typically 3 to 4 Sundays per month.  Our primary location is Moana Soccer Complex (240 W. Moana), however it is also held at South Valleys (South Reno), Lazy 5 or Golden Eagle (Spanish Springs) fields on occasion.

Soccer Teams

Elite Academy for All Ages

Elite Academy is by invitation-only.  Players that have demonstrated a level of mastery of the standard Academy skills will be personally invited by the Director of Coaching, Jason Goodson, to join the Elite Academy.  Elite Academy sessions are the same time as Academy training.  There is no additional fee for Elite Academy.

Academy Training Only

For players that prefer to remain on their GBYSL or NNSL Recreational teams, we offer Academy Group Training Only.  Please Note: We can not accept Training Only registrations from players that are registered with other soccer clubs. 

Academy Training for U10 and Older

Our older players that play on both competitive and recreational teams, are encouraged to attend all Academy Training Sessions to improve and develop their individual technique.  There is no additional fee for Players North club players to attend Academy training, it is included with all Club Memberships.

Academy Leadership:

Jason Goodson : Director of Coaching, USSF A License, National Premier Diploma, UEFA B License, Northern Nevada ODP Coach, former recruiting coordinator for Washington State University, Ohio State University and Universtity of Kentucky.  Previously worked with the Japanese Football Association, Leahi Soccer Club of Hawaii and Sereno Soccer club of Arizona.

Dustin Espindula : Academy Director U5-U10, USSF C License.

Anibal “A1” Echeverria : Academy Director U11-U18, Formerly professional player with Reno 1868, Ontario Fury and Sacramento Surge.

Jason, Dustin and Anibal are assisted by a dedicated team of volunteer coaches.

Frequently Asked Questions:


My son/daughter plays on a team in Great Basin Youth Soccer League (GBYSL) or Northern Nevada Soccer League (NNSL) and would like to do the training.  Can I sign them up?

Yes, provided they are playing on a recreational team and not registered with a club or a pre-competitive team.  If  you want them stay on that team and train with us, you will want to register for the Group “Training Only” program above.  If you are ready to move them to one of our club teams, we can take registrations as soon as the recreational season has finished.

My son/daughter has some friends that might be interested in Academy training.  Can we bring them along?

Yes, no problem.  We are happy to have guests join us and do a trial session to see if they like it.  Bring them along anytime.

I’m a coach of a recreational team.  Can I bring my whole team for Academy Training? 

Yes.  Each player will register individually, but your entire team can do the training program.  We encourage coaches to learn the cirriculum so they can assist and participate as well.  We also welcome recreation coaches who want to move their teams into the club in between seasons, so we can provide a higher level of support and training for both the players and the coach.