Empire United Soccer Academy

Girls Believe! League (U7/U8 Girls)

WHO: For girls born in 2013 and 2014, all levels of experience welcome, new players encouraged!

WHAT: An 8-week soccer league for girls, coached and mentored entirely by women! One practice and one game per week.

WHERE: Empire Field House, 1520 John Street, West Henrietta, NY

WHEN: September 16th-November 7th, Practice -Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm, Games - Saturdays at 8:30am or 9:30am

COST: $175 includes one game and practice each week for 8 weeks, a jersey, shorts and socks

What your player will need to bring: Shinguards, a water bottle, and shoes (cleats, turf shoes, or sneakers. The surface is turf. All three of these shoe types will work).

The good stuff:

Welcome to the beginning. A new era for girl’s soccer in Rochester. A league for girls, coached and mentored by women.

All girls are welcome, with and without prior soccer experience.

We are reimagining what the soccer experience can be for our youngest players, and creating an inclusive, positive, fun, empowering environment full of great female role models.

We LOVE the Girls Believe! League!!! What’s next?

The year is broken into 4 blocks:

Fall – Girls Believe! League – mid Sept- mid Nov

Winter – Training/Futsal block – Dec-Jan

Spring – 2nd Girls Believe! League – March-April

Summer – RDYSL Teams form for 2013 birth year – May-mid July

Why is your year programmed into blocks? What is your game to training ratio?

We deliberately schedule 8 week “blocks” of activity with several rest weeks between blocks. Players this age should be resting, participating in other activities, and taking breaks in order to stay excited about the sport! The game to practice ratio for the year is 2 to 1 (2 training session possibilities for every one game). This is “best practice” for U8 players.


Program Director: Liz Masterson, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at RIT, Empire United (Girls U8 coach, Boys MLS Academy U13 & U14 Coach), eematl@rit.edu