BGFC Academy

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U13 - U19  Academy Program

The Bowling Green FC Academy (BGFC) U13-U19 boys program is meant for driven, coachable, and talented players who want to experience a professional learning environment and developmental benefits that come from high level, specific, and professional coaching. The primary focus of the BGFC U13-U19 program is to develop the individual player (over immediate team success) so that each player can fulfill their maximum potential.


BGFC U13-U19 players will train 3 times per week (see training structure below) and will continue to develop their technical skills acquired at the foundational stages of the academy. They will be challenged with more advanced tactical concepts and decision-making processes that the 11v11 game demands. BGFC players will be expected to become self-motivated and disciplined athletes who create good training habits that will enable them to acquire a sense of competence with a focus on long-term rather than short-term development. These players will also be expected to compete successfully in appropriate statewide, regional, and national competitions. (see competition levels below).


When a player becomes a part of the Bowling Green FC Golden Lions Academy U13-U19 program, they continue on a pathway that we believe can provide them the opportunity to one day be a part of the BGFC Golden Lions Pro team. The U13-U19 program will also work diligently toward developing student-athletes who are elite candidates to play collegiate level soccer.  The BGFC U13-U19 program will teach the life skills of leadership, commitment, self discipline, and being an integral part of a community.


Training Structure


BGFC U13-U19 training structure will be consistent with the model at the younger stages of the academy. Players will train 3 nights per week. 


Session 1

Format: Circuit( to allow players to learn from variety of coaches)

Focus:technical development. Physical component, injury prevention, rehabilitation/recovery, and preparation

Led by: Variety of coaches within the club and Golden Lions Professional players. (Film session also included to enhance the visual development of learning)

Session 2

Format: Functional Training- Position specific training

Focus: technical development with implementation in game like situations, development of club style of play

Led by: Team Head Coach

Session 3

Format: Traditional Team training

Focus: Team tactical principles, appropriate for age and level of team

Led by: Team Head Coach



Levels/Leagues of Competition for BGFC U13-U19 program


  • U14-U19 based on team development BGFC will enter into the USYSA Great Lakes Conference league (teams from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana).  BGFC will meet those teams at midpoints and play 2-3 games in a weekend to limit time and travel expenses( usually twice in the spring).  Teams also may apply for USYSA National League Pro and the club will eventually bypass that to apply for USYSA Elite 64.
  • U11 - U19 Boys: BGFC will enter a team per age group into the Kentucky Premier League (KPL). This is a state league. 
  • All teams will compete in additional tournaments (or showcases for U15-U19) that are age and level appropriate while maintaining a good “training session to game” ratio.