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DeMatha Soccer Academy


Pre-Travel Program Overview


Our Pre-Travel soccer teams are for boys and girls in U7-U8 age groups looking for a fun and engaging soccer environment. Our Pre-Travel soccer coaches are professionally licensed, CPR certified, Safe Sport certified, and background checked. 

Our Pre-Travel soccer training curriculum focuses on dribbling skills, passing and receiving, game awareness, tactical spacing and the importance of giving 100% effort. Additionally, coaches emphasize and teach children to be respectful of teammates, opponents, referees and coaches.

The length of commitment is 10 months and the calendar runs from mid-August to early-June. Our Pre-Travel soccer teams train twice a week, play league games on the weekends during the fall and spring seasons, and participate in a fall and a spring tournament. 

Training Locations and Home Game Locations:

  • Elizabeth Seton High School


Our Pre-Travel soccer teams are members of the Alexandria Soccer League and participate in the Junior Academy Fall and Spring leagues.

10-Month Calendar

Fall: Pre-Season 

  • Mid-August

  • Player and parent kickoff meeting

  • 2 weekday training sessions

Fall: Competition Season 

  • September, October, November 

  • 2 weekday training sessions 

  • League games

Winter: Developmental Season 

  • January, February 

  • 1 indoor training sessions

Winter: Pre-Season 

  • March

  • Player and parent kickoff meeting

  • 2 weekday training sessions

Spring: Competition Season

  • April, May, June

  • 2 weekday training sessions 

  • League games

Annual Costs

Commitment Fee:

  • $250

  • The commitment fee is due at the time of acceptance of offer or re-enrollment and reserves a roster spot for the upcoming season. 

Club Membership Dues:

  •  $550

  • The club membership dues go towards club administrative staff, technical staff, operations staff, risk management/background screenings, club insurance, equipment purchase and capital improvements, club marketing and communications, and coaching education.

Team Fees: 

  • $650

  • The team fees are applied to support the following costs:  league fees, coaching fees, field rental fees, lighting costs, indoor facilities rental fee, referees, Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF) player registration and rostering

Total Cost:

  • $1,350

Payment Plans:

Families will have the option to enroll in payment plans. There is an additional 3% initial enrollment fee with every payment plan to cover third-party transaction fees. Payment plans will be debited on the second Friday of each month. Player’s commitment fee will be debited on the first Friday in Ju1y. Recurring billing will begin on the second Friday in Aug and will be debited each subsequent month. Payment plans options are outlined below:

  • 10-Month: $110


All players are required to purchase a uniform package. Uniform packages run on a two-year cycle. This is an additional cost and is not included in your dues and fees. Moreover, family and players have the option to purchase additional gear through the club store. When a player accepts their roster offer they will be sent a link to our team store where they can customize and purchase their uniforms. Required items are listed below:

  • Uniforms (New 2-year cycles begins 2023/2024)

    • Required items: 

      • Home white kit (jersey, short, socks)

      • Away royal kit (jersey, short, socks)

      • Training red kit (top, short, socks)

      • Warm-up suit (jacket and pants)

      • Backpack 

Payment Plan Policy:

For those families that find it difficult to make one full travel team fee payment in one payment by the commitment date, DMSA offers payment plans. When you accept your player's team placement, you will be asked to either pay the seasonal fee in one full payment, or in installments with a Payment Plan. The Payment Plan divides the fee into 3 or 6, or 10 installments: the commitment fee is due by the initial commitment deadline, the remaining balance of the fee is broken into installments. After your initial payment, your credit card will be automatically charged for the remaining installments.

If you have issues processing your credit card payment, please email [email protected] and we will direct you to our website host’s customer service contact. 

Scholarship Policy:

DeMatha Soccer Academy (DMSA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 community-based soccer organization. The DMSA leadership is committed to making the DMSA experience broadly available to qualified, committed soccer players who wish to participate. The DMSA leadership fundraises and collects donations for our Scholarship Fund, which enables the Scholarship Committee to review applications and grant awards. Because the Scholarship Committee receives many requests and has limited funding available, scholarships are granted to the most qualified applicants based on financial need and the player’s commitment to DMSA.

In order to be considered for financial assistance, players must have accepted their invitation to join the team, paid their bond fee, and enrolled in a payment plan.

Player Fee Refund Policy:

The success of our teams is dependent on the players who make up each team - and their commitment to the program. After teams have been formed and player commitments have been signed, DMSA will then proceed on behalf of each team to assign coaches, assign practice fields and times, complete all player registrations, purchase training/medical equipment, as well as complete all state, league, and tournament registrations. Accordingly, we expect that all players and parents will follow through with their commitment to the program by completing all required paperwork and paying all fees in a timely manner.

Consequently, our refund policy regarding our teams is stringent and non-negotiable. After players have committed to the team requests for refunds will be treated as follows:

  • Any player withdrawal request made after a player has committed to the club for the seasonal year will result in no refund of the player fee.

  • Player dismissal due to a violation of any of DMSA Expectations and Guidelines or Club Policies as outlined in the Club Handbook will result in no refund of the player fee.

  • There will be no refunds granted for cancellations due to weather, acts of God, or forfeits.

  • Player withdrawal due to a certified medical reason will result in a partial credit towards future DMSA player registration fees or camps.  A written statement from a non-parent medical professional must be provided.

  • DMSA will not refund player fees for any other reasons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pre-Travel soccer soccer?

Pre-travel soccer is for players who are looking for more training and/or the next level of soccer. The curriculum focuses on four key areas: comfort with the ball at your feet, dribbling, ball manipulation, and basic tactical awareness.

What is the time commitment?

  • Our Pre-Travel soccer teams play in 3 seasons per year. The fall season is from mid-August to mid-November. The winter season goes from January through early-March. The spring season is from mid-March to mid-June. Teams typically play 8-10 games per season. Games will be played on Saturday. Teams begin practicing 2-3 weeks before the start of each season. Practices take place twice a week. Pre-Travel soccer players are expected to attend all team practices and games.

How far might we travel?

  • All Pre-Travel soccer age games will be played in Alexandria VA. 

How do I determine the right age group for my child?

Will I get to choose my uniform number?

  • Uniform numbers will be assigned to the player by the club. We do this to ensure each player has their own unique number. This allows us to move players up and allow them to play with other teams in our club.

How do I order my uniform?

  • Once a player is registered with the club we will send a link to our team store where player’s can customize and order their uniforms.

Do you offer scholarships or financial assistance?

  • Yes, we do offer financial based support to those in need. Please email [email protected] for additional details and the application.