The Pre-Academy

The Pre-Academy is: 

  • A developmental program for young soccer players from ages 8 through 12.
  • For young players living in the Montreal and surrounding areas (20 km around Stade Saputo).
  • A complete season from mid-April to March. 
  • Two to four training sessions (and one game) per week, depending on the age group.
  • 80 players, five teams: U8, U9, U10, U11, U12. 


  • Share the bases of the philosophy and playing identity developed through the Montreal Impact Academy.
  • Develop young athletes that are responsible and blooming citizens in their social life, able to transmit the sport’s fundamental values: willingness to work, surpass oneself, respect the rules and respect of others.


  • Summer games are played mostly at the Centre Nutrilait, during the weekend.
  • In the winter season, teams play in the Lac Saint-Louis winter league at Soccerplexe Catalogna, in Lachine.

Technical supervision

  • A Pre-Academy coordinator
  • One head coach per team
  • Three assistant coaches
  • A goalkeeper coach for all teams

Every Montreal Impact Pre-Academy player will receive:

  • A high-level soccer training with qualified coaches operating under Philippe Eullaffroy, the Montreal Impact Academy Director and UEFA A licence holder
  • Access to a professional club structure
  • Education of social and sports values advocated by the club in each of its teams
  • Integral development of the four facets: physical, psychological, technical and tactical
  • Training and sporting management programmed over 12 months (including rest periods)
  • Access to and monitoring by the club’s athletic specialists: the Montreal Impact Academy coaches.

Typical season:
Outdoor period – From April 17 to October 29, 2017 (29 weeks)

  • U8-U9-U10: Two training sessions + one game/week – Centre Nutrilait
  • U11-U12: Three training sessions + one game/week – Centre Nutrilait
  • Two weeks off from July 16 to July 30, 2017
  • One week off at the end of October, beginning of November

Transition period – November 6, 2017, to December 15, 2017 (6 weeks) – Reduction of the training load, phasing in technical work through futsal

  • U8-U9-U10: One futsal practice + one game/week – location TBD
  • U11-U12: One field practice + one futsal practice + one game/week – location TBD
  • Vacations from December 16, 2017, to January 7, 2018

Mixed period – from Monday, January 8 to the end of March 2018 (12 weeks)

  • U8-U9-U10: One futsal practice + one field practice + one game/week – place to be determined
  • U11-U12: Two field practices + one futsal practice + one game/week – place to be determined

At the end of every season, each player in the Pre-Academy has to do the tryouts again to integrate the next age group. 

Registration cost (per year)

  • U8-U9-U10: $1,600 – $8.45 per hour of soccer
  • U11-U12: $1,950 – $7.45 per hour of soccer

Possibility to pay with a deposit at registration and three more payments in the three following months.

For more information – Receipt for Children’s fitness tax credit

These costs include: 

  • Field rental + registrations to leagues and tournaments
  • Full Adidas training kit
  • Pre-Academy coaches’ salaries

Several activities will also be offered during the season to players and parents.