JPYS Academy
(Grades 1-2)

Spring 2024 Schedule

Practice days for the Spring season will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 PM. Games will be Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM. Practices and games will be on the field at English High School.

Key Dates


All 1st and 2nd graders play in the U8 JPYS Academy, the youngest division of Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer. The goal of the Academy is to to develop passionate and skilled soccer players by offering an inclusive, fun-first program focused on soccer education. The Academy was established to advocate the enjoyment of soccer and the patient development of fundamental skills. Academy players have the opportunity to develop their budding soccer skills while having fun under the guidance of experienced and volunteer activity leaders. 

The Fall Academy season runs from mid-September to mid-November. The Spring Academy season runs from early April to mid-June. All practices and games are played at the English High School fields (on rare occasions, games may be moved to Pagel Field).  See the JPYS Calendar for details about dates. The Academy is a mixed-gender program.

JPYS Academy Philosophy

The JPYS Academy is founded on three guiding principles: 

Program Structure

The Academy program dispenses with regular features of youth programs that prioritize winning over skills development. Players are not assigned one team or one coach, and game results and standings are not kept.

Games and scrimmages are 4v4 on small fields, with small goals, and no goalkeeper.  Soccer rules are followed generally (no handling the ball or unsafe play) but restarts are by kick-in (no throw-ins or goal kicks) with the focus on keeping the play continuous and fun. 

Our Promise

The JPYS Academy makes the following pledge to players and parents/guardians:

Volunteer Opportunities

We're always looking for volunteers, either parents or members of the community, to act as Activity Leaders during Academy practices. Some experience playing and/or coaching is welcome, but not necessary. Volunteering to help out on the field is a lot of fun, a great way to help kids learn the sport of soccer, and a great way to give back to the community. We provide training for all volunteer Activity Leaders. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us at Read more on our Volunteering page.