PROGRAMS

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Columbus Express is dedicated to developing Indiana’s elite-level soccer talent by offering youth players an opportunity to play in a committed environment under the guidance of professional structure and methodologies.  

Located in Columbus, we have players from all throughout Indiana including athletes from thirteen different counties and over twenty different high schools.  

Columbus Express has been instrumental in developing players that have played within the US National Team program, professional soccer, and collegiate soccer.   

DEVELOPING THE MODERN FOOTBALLER

PRe-ACADEMy

The Columbus Express Pre-Academy program is focused on improving motor skills, and soccer skills.  In Pre-Academy, boys and girls ages 7 to 8 play in a 4v4 format.  Training is twice a week and matches typically occur one day a week.  Training is prepared to maximize ball touches while keeping the young players engaged and energized.  Pre-Academy introduces skill incorporation through games and contests.  This beginning stage sets the path for proper technique and movement abilities.  Our goal in this stage is to develop, teach, and enhance game skills and decisions that are essential for future advancement within the game.

For more details on the season and cost, please check our FEES section below.   

ACADEMY

Designed for players in the U9-U10 stages, our Academy program is focused on developing individual decision-making through the 7v7 format.  Players in the Academy will be entering The Golden Age of Motor Learning.  We have designed our Academy with hours of purposeful repetitions needed to maximize soccer and athletic potential.  A deliberate focus will be on technique and decisions in individual and small-group situations.  Players in the Academy should be improving with their technical and movement skills as we progress through the stages of the game.  

For more details on the season and cost, please check our FEES section below. 

JUNIORS

Juniors U11-U12

For players in the U11-U12 stages, our 9v9 Juniors will be entering a game and setting that is increasing the emphasis on tactics.  Our goal is to improve players for their roles within their teams by focusing on the skills necessary to play in different positions.  Players will use purposeful hours of repetition to improve technically, tactically, and physically while making quick and appropriate decisions.  Our Junior programs emphasize skill application at higher speeds based on reading cues.  Most of the training scenarios will involve fully to slightly opposed small-sided games to improve decisions and understanding of tactics.  

Juniors U13-U14

Players in the Juniors 11v11 stage are learning to understand the game at a deeper level.  The key areas of focus keep technique and tactics as the main concentrations, instead of physical areas.  Players will be prepared through realistic game situations in a team setting.  As players are growing from 9v9 to 11v11, they are also growing into bigger bodies that they are still trying to learn and operate.  It is crucial that players are not overtraining as they will need more rest than ever.  Within this stage, tactical sessions offer chances for low-intensity learning to take place that will help players be ready for high-intensity matches.

For more details on the season and cost, please check our FEES section below. 

SENIORS

Senior programming at Columbus Express is designed to mimic the attributes and rigors of collegiate soccer.  Players will be pushed and driven in a competitive environment with the focus on earning results, maximizing strengths, and minimizing weaknesses.  A large focus of Senior programming is on high-level performance, the preparation needed to win, and understanding, identifying, and solving problems of the game.

Seniors U15-U16

At this point, players have completed most of their physical and mental development.  It is important that the U15-U16 age group have an increased standard and high expectations towards preparation, training, and mentality to ensure they are ready to progress into college soccer and beyond.  It is essential for coaches to combine components and phases for training to maximize efficiency of sessions and to increase player knowledge.  The bulk of training will be focused on technical refinement, tactical understanding through small-sided games, and physical preparation.

Seniors U17-U19

In the final stage, athletes will be in a setting where everything is geared towards high-level performance to prepare their games, bodies, and minds for college or professional soccer.  Tactically, players should be experiencing sessions that encounter and cover many tactical scenarios.  While not all sessions will be intense from a workload situation, players need to be put into a competitive environment that is scientifically designed to ensure players are getting the necessary teaching and recovery is needed to put players in the best position better.  Accountability on the players has a pivotal role in this phase.

For more details on the season and cost, please check our FEES section below. 

FEES

7U & 8U Players
• In-Season Team Training: 2 Sessions Per Week
• Express Development League Matches (4v4)
• Indiana Soccer Competition
• One Tournament
• Evaluations & Development Plans
• 4v4 Format

$475*
*Additional Fee for Extra Events

Uniforms & Personal Travel Not Included

9U & 10U Players
• In-Season Team Training: 2 Sessions Per Week
• In-Season Technical Training: 1 Session Per Week
• Winter Futsal Training: 1 Session Per Week
• Indiana Soccer League Play (7v7)
• One Tournament
• Evaluations & Development Plans
• 7v7 Format

$790*
*Additional Fee for Extra Events

Uniforms & Personal Travel Not Included

11U – 14U Players
• In-Season Team Training: 2 Sessions Per Week
• In-Season Goalkeeper Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Functional Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Speed/Power Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Classroom Sessions: 1 Session Per Month
• Winter Futsal Training: 2 Sessions Per Week
• League Play & State Cup Tournament Series
• Two Tournaments
• Evaluations & Development Plans
• 9v9 / 11v11 Format

$1525*
*Additional Fee for Extra Events

Uniforms & Personal Travel Not Included

15U-19U Senior Team
• College Recruiting Resources & Advocacy
• In-Season Team Training: 2 Sessions Per Week
• In-Season Goalkeeper Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Functional Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Speed/Power Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Classroom Sessions: 1 Session Per Month
• Winter Team Training: 2 Session Per Week
• League Play
• Evaluations & Development Plans
• One Tournament or Showcase
• 11v11 Format

$850*
Additional Fee for Additional Events
Personal Travel & Uniform Not Included

 

Great Lakes Conference Teams:  U15-19
Fee:  $1,250*
(* – Based on pricing/events of past GLC teams)

• College Recruiting Resources & Advocacy
• Mental Training Programming & Classroom Sessions
• Individual Development Plans & Evaluations
• In-Season Team Training: 2 Sessions Per Week / 2 Hours Per Night
• 90 Minutes of Team Training
• 30 Minutes of Speed / Power or Functional / Goalkeeper Training
• In-Season Variability Training: Positional, Curriculum-Based, Need-Based
• Winter Team Training: 2 Session Per Week / 2 Hours Per Night
• Great Lakes Conference Play
• Blue Chip Showcase, Crossroads Showcase, National League Showcase, CASL Showcase, & Indy College
Showcase (or Substituted Showcase)
• Club Administrator, Referee Fees, Coaches Travel Costs Included in Fee
• Fees Not Included: Uniforms, Additional Events or Friendlies, Personal Travel

 

Tournament Only Team
• College Recruiting Resources & Advocacy
• In-Season Team Training: 2 Sessions Per Week
• In-Season Goalkeeper Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Functional Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Speed/Power Training: 1 Session Per Week
• In-Season Classroom Sessions: 1 Session Per Month
• Winter Team Training: 2 Session Per Week
• Evaluations & Development Plans
• 3-4 Tournaments or Showcases
• 11v11 Format

$950*
Additional Fee for Additional Events
Personal Travel & Uniforms Not Included

LOCOS STREET FOOTBALL

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About Locos Society

Locos Street Football Society is an initiative of Columbus Express to build the footballing culture through street soccer, futsal, art, community endeavors, and goodwill services.

Locos Society seeks to enhance the footballer, supporter, and person in the form of local pick-up, street games, cultural events, special projects, and indoor play.

We are for anyone and everyone that has a common interest in growing the game, improving the footballer, and creating a culture of play and style within the community. So whether you are an entry-level youth, a ‘back in my day’ ex-player, a go-hard trying to make a name, or just an average fan; we have a place for you.

For more information on our very popular Futsal program, visit www.locossociety.com.