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FC Storm Juniors Academy is a developmental program
open to boys and girls from any community born in 2015 and 2016 (U7 and U8)

Registration is open for Fall 2022 season on Loveland Storm FC Academy website

The Juniors Academy is designed for players who are interested in improving foundational soccer skills (first touch, dribbling, passing, 1v1s and small sided games) through more focused training and small sided games.  It is a fun program that provides a positive learning environment for developing soccer skills.  
Each season from 60 to 80 girls and boys participate.  


There is not a tryout process to participate in the Storm Academy.  The program and training are designed for players (families) who are serious about working on skill development, and who are mentally and physically ready for more advanced training. 


Anthony Doherty is the Storm Academy Director.  Anthony has a  USSF C license.  He is the Assistant Varsity coach for Loveland High School and coaches a U17 Storm team.   Licensed coaches and trainers work with the players at practice and coach weekend games. 


Practices will be held twice a week on a local field.  Ball skill development includes “Coerver” training methodology, a highly regarded approach for teaching soccer skills. 



Each week players will be divided into teams and play small sided games to apply the skills they have been working on.  Approximately six times during the Spring our players will participate in small sided (friendly) games with Academy programs from nearby select soccer clubs.  More advanced players may be entered into an Academy league organized by the Cardinal Premier League.



Academy training will begin in early March.  Specific days and times will be provided once the field assignments are made.  Practices will be held during the week and friendly games will likely take place on Saturdays.  

If you have questions, contact Anthony Doherty at [email protected]



Meet Anthony Doherty

Anthony Doherty is the Academy Director.  In addition he serves as the Director of Player Development across our recreational and competitive programs.  Anthony brings a depth of training and coaching experience to the Loveland Soccer program. He has trained recreational and select players from less than 5 years old to high school varsity players.  Over the past 4 years, Anthony has coached at over 75 camps in 15 states.  He holds a US Soccer C Coaching License and is a coach for Ohio Soccer's ODP program.

Anthony was born in Manchester, UK where he excelled in soccer as a youth.  He began coaching soccer for the local clubs he grew up playing for.  After completing high school, Anthony obtained a level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science in college. College gave Anthony the chance to gain valuable experience working as P.E. teacher for a year where he worked with kids aged 2-11 and started the school’s first soccer program and team.

Anthony then went to University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Coaching at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. While at University Anthony volunteered his time as a performance video analyst with the professional soccer team, Blackburn Rovers, who at the time were in the Premier League.

Anthony began working for Challenger Sports in 2011 and was based in Atlanta for three years before coming to work for LYSA in 2014.  In 2015 Anthony was honored at Challenger Sports Coach of the Year for the Cincinnati region and Coach of the Year for the Midwest. In 2017 Challenger Sports promoted Anthony to a full-time management position recognizing his hard work on and off the field.


If I don’t live in Loveland, can I participate?

Yes, the Academy is open to boys and girls from any community.


Can I sign up for Passers too? 

No, there will be unavoidable conflicts with practice and game schedules.  


Do I have to participate in both fall and spring seasons? 

No, each season is independent.  You may choose to participate in the fall but not the spring and vice versa.  


What if I sign up for Academy and then find it’s too much? 

We will try to place you on a Passers team.  But there are no guarantees and once all Passers teams are filled, we won’t be able to accommodate more players. 


Will boys and girls practice together?

No.  Boys and girls will practice on the same nights, but different times.


What if I start in Passers but find my child would benefit from the Academy experience, can I switch?  

There will be a window of several weeks where this would be possible provided there is room in the Academy program.  Families will be charged the difference between the Passers and Academy programs. 


Do I need to participate in Academy to play for Storm?

No.  Storm teams are formed through an open tryout process each spring that is open to all players. 


Does participation in Academy improve my chances of making a Storm team?

Each player will be different.  In general, improving fundamental soccer skills often makes a player better prepared to try out for select soccer.   But there are no guarantees. 

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