NSCJA (1st-2nd Grade)

The NSC Junior Academy (NSCJA) is the first step in the NSC Development Pathway. Participants are in 1st & 2nd Grade and the focus is on introducing and developing key fundamentals and comfort with the soccer ball in a fun environment.

Our Goals for players in the NSCJA

  • Learning & Development of Fundamental Soccer Skills
  • Team Building
  • HAVE FUN!!

Program Overview

Small Sided Games

  • 4v4 – for more player involvement and touches
  • No Goalkeepers
  • Pop-up Goals
  • Size 3 Ball
  • For full NSCJA Game Rules CLICK HERE

4 Divisions of Single Gender Teams

  • 1st Grade Girls
  • 2nd Grade Girls
  • 1st Grade Boys
  • 2nd Grade Boys

Note: Girls may request to play on a boys team during registration, but there are no co-ed teams, and the league is not co-ed.


  • NSCJA teams are coached by volunteers
  • All parents, regardless of prior soccer experience are encouraged to participate.
  • NSC utilizes professional trainers to support coaches over the course of the season
  • NSC provides access to a professionally developed age appropriate  curriculum and coach training opportunities to all coaches
  • For details of coach training Click here

All coaches, assistants managers, board members, etc. must register online with Needham Soccer Club and complete a CORI background check through MYSA

6-8 Week Season

  • One Game per weekend scheduled – Saturday or Sunday
  • 1 hour in duration, broken into a 20 minute practice/warm-up and a 40 minute game
  • 1 weekday practice per week – 1 hour
  • Depending on holidays there are typically 6-8 games per season

Fall Season

Typically begins around 2nd week of September and continues through to the start of November.  Game & Practice schedules available after September 1st

Spring Season

Typically begins around 2nd week of April and continues through to early June (no games Memorial Day weekend).  Game & Practice schedules available after April 1st

No Games Are Scheduled On Religious Holidays

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