Pre-Travel Academy Program


The Herndon Pre-Travel Academy is a program designed for young players (U7/U8) with the maturity and motivation to be in an environment with similarly-minded peers and professional coaches to provide enhanced soccer development. It is a PATHWAY for players who may want to play travel soccer at U9.

Herndon launched the program in 1999 as the first-of-its kind in the area. It's been expanded over the years to meet club growth and the evolving competitive youth soccer landscape in Northern Virginia. 


  • Coached by Herndon’s professional travel staff that have soccer licensing and education and coaching and playing experience
  • The program is offered year but players register separately in both the fall and spring seasons
  • Each season consists of 8 weeksTraining sessions promote the development of individual ball mastery and small-group tactics; Interclub scrimmages give players experience in the 7v7 game format. The program helps players better acclimate to the competitive level of travel soccer
  • In the Spring and Fall, the Academy consists of three pools:
    • U8 Boys and U8 Girls Full-Time Academy
    • U7 Boys and U7 Girls Full-Time Academy 
    • U7 Boys and U7 Girls Part-Time Academy
  • In the Winter, the Academy trains once weekly as one pool.
  • Players must register for ID sessions (free) in order to be identified and accepted to the program