Player Pathways

Junior Academy

The Rhode Island Surf Junior Academy is a technical skills development program in a fun introductory environment for youth players U5-U10.  This program serves as the foundation of our player pyramid, placing significant emphasis on developing individual skills and comfort on the ball while also beginning to foster a love for the game.  Players will be introduced to the Rhode Island Surf Fundamental Skills at a time they are more impressionable to grow their technical base.  All sessions conclude with small-sided games to afford the players opportunity to use their newly-trained skills.  Rhode Island Surf staff coaches rotate through these sessions, giving players the best introduction to what our club is all about! This program runs for FREE in the Fall and Spring, with paid sessions available during the Winter months.

Junior Academy Select

The Rhode Island Surf Junior Academy Select will serve as the prelude to our Regional and Elite teams on the Rhode Island Surf player pyramid.  The Junior Academy Select program provides younger players with structure and high quality coaching in a fun, challenging, and engaging environment.  The program is tailored towards players U7-U8 offering them the opportunity to participate in the NECSL, weekly training (fall/winter/spring) and play in an end of season tournament.

Regional Teams

The Rhode Island Surf Regional teams will serve as the direct stepping stone into the Rhode Island Surf Elite teams. Our Regional teams will serve U9-U19 players and compete in the New England Club Soccer League (NECSL). At this level, teams will compete on a weekly basis within their respective divisions for a chance to qualify for Championship Weekend at the end of the Spring season. Visit to learn more.

Boys Elite Teams

Rhode Island Surf's Boys Elite Blue and Elite White teams will compete in the USYS National League Conference, managed by EDP Soccer. This platform consists primarily of teams from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont. Top teams from the highest divisions earn advancement to the USYS Regional Championships (NCS) and automatically qualify for National League Playoffs. Visit to learn more.

Top-finishing teams from the Regional Championships will qualify for National League P.R.O., an event that brings together the best teams within the National League. Visit to learn more.

Serves players U12-U19.

Girls Elite Teams

Rhode Island Surf Girls Elite Blue teams will compete in the Girls Academy League, a national platform featuring the top girls club programs in the country competing for the National Championship. Tailor-made for players pursuing professional and collegiate opportunities, the GA is the pinnacle of girls youth soccer in the United States. Visit to learn more.

Girls Elite White teams will compete in the Development Player League (DPL). This platform consists of regional conferences throughout the United States compiled of teams competing for a shot at the National Championship. Rhode Island Surf's DPL program is designed to grant players unrivaled collegiate exposure at a level just below the GA. Visit to learn more.

Serves players U12-U19.

Girls Pyramid
Boys Pyramid

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