2023-2024 Competitive Information
Winter Academy will emphasize individual skill development and small group play in a fun environment, with the goal of nurturing skilled, confident, and creative players. Our winter academy is designed to provide additional opportunities for players to enhance their abilities and challenge them to reach their full potential.
Eastside coaches will dedicate time to building a strong technical foundation and providing players with a solid grasp of the key tactical aspects of the game. Topics covered include dribbling, passing, ball control, shielding, shooting, 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 situations, and small-sided games.
Our innovative winter academy is an age-appropriate training program led by Eastside Timbers & Thorns FC Directors Greg Maas, Carly Copplestone, Corey Johnson, Tom Kean, and other Eastside Timbers USSF & USC licensed coaches.
Please bring the following items to EVERY academy session: An inflated ball that has your child's name on it (without a ball at each session your child may miss out on some of the learning opportunities), shin guards, warm clothing, & water.
We are so appreciative for all the parents that came out to our Parent Meeting, the first in many years. Our Technical Director, Greg Maas, gave a great presentation that highlighted our vision and goals for the upcoming competitive season. Here are the presentation slides to review. It's filled with lots of information and resources.
Eastside's Competitive program provides higher levels of training and competition to players of above average ability and commitment. Teams are formed through an open tryout system and players are offered a position on the team if in the opinion of the coaching staff they meet the standards for Eastside's teams. Our Premier Soccer Club consistently produces some of the most accomplished soccer players in Oregon, the region and the nation.
Our players are prepared to be recognized by collegiate and Olympic Development Programs for their high level of skill, quality of play, and understanding of the game as well as their passion for the sport, positive attitude, and sportsmanship. Eastside players are consistently picked for Oregon ODP, Regional ODP, Regional Training Center, and Timbers Alliance teams and boast a history of success at those levels. Players from our club also go on to have some incredible careers beyond the club soccer level. To see some of those players' stories, please visit our Eastside Alumni Page.
Only with top coaches can real player development take place and we pride ourselves on developing each player to the peak of their abilities. Our Competitive coaches are selected from a variety of backgrounds and paid for their services. All are held to high developmental standards and expected to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct.
Youth Academy Player Pathway (ZONE 1) U11 - U14
The Eastside Timbers & Thorns FC Youth Academy is designed to further develop each player's individual soccer skills and understanding of the game. The program begins at 4v4 and progresses to 7v7 preparing players for a positive experience and successful transition from recreational to competitive soccer. The methodology and curriculum for the Youth Academy is centered on ZONE 1, and two key phases of development: Discovery & Exploring. The development of the individual player is the primary focus, along with learning the fundamentals of their role, position, task in the team, in a fun & exciting soccer environment.
Teams are formed through an open tryout system in May, after the conclusion of the previous year's State Cup. If you are interested in joining a team outside of the May tryout window, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the Player's Name, Birthdate, and Previous Playing Experience, as well an a contact phone number. If the coach in your age group is interested in adding players, they will reach out to you. Please note that upon registering for teams or programs an email will be delivered from email@example.com. Check your spam or junk folder if it does not appear within minutes.
We field at least at least two teams whenever possible in these age groups. Players are selected for teams based on their ability and willingness to perform at the appropriate level. We believe every player should have the opportunity to succeed at their level of development. Our Competitive coaches are tasked with helping each player grow and develop in the sport. Coaches are selected from a variety of backgrounds and paid for their services. All are held to high developmental standards and expected to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct. Coaches must pass a criminal background check in order to participate with Eastside.
The U11-U14 teams season begins after tryouts in May, and runs 12 months up to tryouts the following May. Fall Teams participate in a number of summer tournaments, Fall and Spring leagues, one end of season tournament (Founder's Cup, President's Cup or State Cup) and train at least two times per week during the season.
The training program for each team is determined by the coaches while following guidelines provided by the club. These Pre-Academy teams focus on development and application of individual skills in a team setting and growing a player's love & understand of the sport.
Who are the coaches?
The Eastside Timbers & Thorns FC Junior Academy Director is Tom Kean. Tom Kean is also OPF's Director of Futsal Operations as well. All of the coaches in the Junior Academy program are paid staff coaches. They are dedicated to developing young players and focused on providing positive learning experiences to all players in the program. If you want to learn more about the program, email us HERE!
U15 - U19 Senior Academy Competitive Teams
Teams begin training in November, around the conclusion of the High School soccer season, and league games begin in early January. Teams will compete in their Winter League, end of season tournament, and continue through the summer in a variety of appropriate competitive tournaments. Players are expected to attend all trainings and games as a member of these teams. There is no guaranteed playing time requirements and playing time will be determined by the coach relative to performance and effort.
Our Competitive program provides high levels of training and competition to those players of above average ability and commitment. Our membership in the adidas Portland Timbers Alliance only serves to bolster our excellent program and enhances our access to Timbers coaches, curriculum, and training methods. Our players develop in a competitive environment that raises their level of play, as well as their sportsmanship, knowledge and passion for the sport. Our Competitive Soccer program consistently produces some of the most accomplished soccer players in our state, our region, and the nation. You can view our Eastside Timbers Alumni Page to see where these players have gone on to compete.
Families in need of Financial Assistance must mark YES to the Financial Aid question in the 2nd step of Registration for Team Acceptance. Please be sure to read through all information provided while completing this part of the registration. This must be completed and supporting documents turned in as quickly as possible! If you have any questions, please let us know by emailing us HERE!