Northern Kentucky Soccer Academy

YDA stands for Youth Development Academy


NKSA YDA is a coed program open to any player born Jan 1, 2010-Dec 31, 2012

Why the NKSA YDA works?  The NKSA YDA teaches our youngest players the FUNdamentals of the game.  We want to instill a love of the game while teaching the building blocks necessary for players to succeed at a high level when they are older.  Without the pressure of league standings and official game results, players learn good practice habits and skills. Players still learn how to "win" while developing soccer skills through the various small sided games and matches they play as part of the YDA, but the program will always focus on allowing players the opportunity to be creative and try new skills without fear of failure.  

On a recreational team already? 
 The YDA is a great supplement to recreational soccer.  Players receive professional training and skill development without leaving their current recreational team.  The YDA will keep a very flexible training schedule with the same or similar themes taught for an entire week so players can attend the sessions that are convenient for their schedule and not miss their team practice

How Does the YDA work?

NKSA's YDA program is setup to provide flexibility so that families can determine how much they want their child to take on. 

Practice Sessions are offered three days per week, at three different sites throughout our Northern Kentucky program area. Players can attend all or any of the practice sessions, and can vary attendance week-to-week as needed.

Game Days provide the opportunity for fun, fair competition between participants regardless of where or when they are practicing and without the drama of league standings. Game Days are held on Sundays, with teams determined on site.  Play is typically 3v3 to 5v5.  Teams play multiple games over the 60 minute period under the guidance of the NKSA staff.  As with our practice sessions, Game Day locations rotate so that each of our sites hosts Game Days.  Families also have the option to register for Game Day Only if they are unable to attend Practice Sessions.

Who leads YDA?
Greg Bowman – NKSA Youth Development Academy Director

  • USSF B License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

  • University of Cincinnati Soccer Assistant Coach (6 years)

  • Thomas More College Assistant Coach (3 years)

  • Published Author and Illustrator of  “Solo Soccer” Individual Youth Training

  • Prior Youth Coach for Cincinnati Classics and CSA

  • Prior Youth Director for Cardinals Soccer Club and Kings Soccer Club

THANK YOU to our program sponsor-

2018 Fall YDA Details

Program Dates
The 8 week YDA program will kick-off practice sessions  on Wednesday, August 22nd and will conclude with the final Game Day session on Sunday, October 14th.

Practices Sessions-PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMES
Wednesdays-5:30 PM Tower Park, Army Reserve Rd, Ft Thomas, KY 41075
Thursdays-5:30 PM Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1150 Donaldson Hwy, Erlanger, KY 41018
Fridays-6:30 Tower Park, Army Reserve Rd, Ft Thomas, KY 41075

Game Days-6 sessions

Tower Park: Army Reserve Rd, Ft Thomas, KY 41075
September-9, 16, 23, 30
October-7, 14
All Game Days begin at 6 PM

How to register? If you are new to NKSA, CLICK HERE to register an account and add your child as a particpant.  Based on their Date of Birth, you will be prompted to register them for available programs, including the YDA.  If you already have an account on the NKSA website simply log in to your account and add your child as a participant.

YDA Promo Video
Winter YDA Training