West Des Moines Soccer Club


WDMSC Competitive Soccer Programs

WDMSC offers 3 levels of competitive soccer programs: Academy, Select and Sporting Iowa.


Academy soccer is often used as a bridge from WDMSC Development Soccer program to Sporting Iowa Soccer program for players 7 to 10 years of age. Academy soccer is more competitive than recreational soccer and it emphasizes improving skills and prepares players for Select soccer. Although players do not have to play academy soccer to move on to select soccer, academy programs train players to be prepared for a more competitive environment.

Sporting Iowa

Two of Iowa's most iconic youth soccer clubs, West Des Moines Soccer Club, and Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club have joined forces with Sporting Kansas City to form the tenth Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network and the only one in the state of Iowa. In a unique partnership, the two clubs will join their boys and girls U11 - U18 programs under the new brand Sporting Iowa.

U9/U10 Academy

WDMSC Academy

The 9U / 10U WDMSC Academy program is phase three of our Long-Term Player Development Pathway and acts as a precursor to the WDMSC Select program. The Academy program is critical in our Player Development Model as it provides players with weekly training by our professional coaching staff. The intent behind offering two levels of play (Academy and Recreational) at 9U/10U is to provide players with the opportunity to play with and against players of similar ability and commitment and at a level where they will experience the most success and enjoyment.

The 2019-20 Academy program is open to any player (boys and girls born between 2010-2011) who have a desire to further develop their soccer skills and receive professional training. Special requests for players playing up must be approved by the Academy Director of Coaching. The Academy structure will follow the guidelines established by the Iowa Soccer Association.

Academy v Recreational - How to choose

The difference between participating in an Academy program or Recreational program lies in the level of investment, commitment, and interest of the players and their families. To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in an Academy Program. If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to the Academy level of play. However, it should be noted that during a player's soccer development they may move back and forth between Academy and Recreational play.

  • Demonstrates a solid technical foundation (control, dribbling, and shooting)
  • Physically stronger than most players within their age group
  • Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
  • High level of coordination and good agility
  • During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
  • During games tends to dominate the play
  • Demonstrates a high level of passion and concentration during practices and games
  • Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities they are involved in
  • Soccer is a high priority and they have a passion to play
  • Practices with a ball in their own time outside the regular schedule of games & practices
  • 10U player who will try-out for the 11U competitive age group in the following year.

What to Expect

  • Practice: Players will have the opportunity to train three-four nights per week; twice under the direction of the professional coaching staff, one session with a qualified parent coach, and competition practice. Training sessions last approximately 60-90 minutes in duration. A flexible training schedule will be created to accommodate multi-sport activity participants. Players also train one night per week during the winter starting in January.
  • Games: Academy teams will play in the Iowa Soccer Academy league and play approximately 6-8 matches. Academy matches are played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Academy clubs must still follow recreational play guidelines, such as 50% playing time in matches. The emphasis is placed on creating an environment that is focused on individual development as opposed to team development.
  • Friendlies: In addition to games, we offer friendly matches with our Sporting Iowa partner club, JUSC. This is 2-3 extra instructional games usually before the ISL season begins to help our players and coaches transition into competitive soccer.
  • Festivals: In addition to the league matches, the teams will also, participate in no more than 2 tournaments (festivals) per season.
  • Coaching Staff: Parent coaches must complete the cost-free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module and U.S. Soccer Grassroots License Youth Module 7v7 Course or have completed USSF 'E' License course in order to participate in the training and coaching of the players at matches.
  • Team Formation: In accordance with ISA rules, teams are restructured from the fall season to the spring season to ensure that our focus remains on the individual.
  • Cost: The cost of the program is $275 per season or $500 if you register for the entire year starting in the fall.

Program Details

Program: U9/U10 Academy
Per Season Cost: $275
Per Year Cost: $500 (Fall signups only)
# of Games: 6-8 games
Game Days: Saturday and/or Sundays
Game Times: Between 9:00 am & 6:00 pm
Coach Practice: Times determined by head coach
Pro Practices: Mondays & Fridays
Practice Times: Between 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fall Dates: September 7th - November 3rd
Spring Dates: April 2020 - June 2020
Apparel: Order
Registration: Online

Please contact the Director of Academy with any questions.

U11-U19 Sporting Iowa

Sporting Iowa is a professionally managed, select youth soccer club dedicated to providing children the best possible player development experience. The club provides age-appropriate, individual and team programs that focus on competition, sportsmanship, and enjoyment of soccer as a way to enrich each player ́s life. The program uses its affiliation with MLS Sporting KC and implements curriculum, philosophy, and development tools to improve our players and prepare them for the next levels based on the desire, ability, and dreams of each player.

Check out more at Sporting Iowa.

If you have questions, please contact our Director of Operations: sportingiowadirector@gmail.com.