Mariners' Luke Davies. Under 13s Junior Soccer between Central Pumas and Mariners.
Mariners' Luke Davies. Under 13s Junior Soccer between Central Pumas and Mariners. Paul Braven GLA190517JNRSOCCER

EXCLUSIVE: Academy is central for top youngsters

SOCCER: With Central's return into the big-time soccer competition almost a formality, the club's focus is also to the future.

Central coach Joel Maudsley said the club's impending junior academy would be structured in such a way to fast track players in the 8-11 age category.

"It's sort of a push too from the Federation to get clubs to set up junior academies for the younger age groups," he said.

"The goal is to eventually be playing academy games against other clubs as well as going away to carnivals for that."

He said this academy model was exciting and designed for juniors who wanted to take their game to the next level.

"They can receive some extra training and also a slightly higher level of competition in the future," Maudsley said.

The players can then progress into the Football Queensland Community Cup, which is for ages under-12 to U16 for boys and U13 and U15 for girls.

Maudsley said this was designed to transition players into the FQCC so that they could then be in the frame to be selected into representative soccer teams and zones.

The Community Cup is expected to take place in Mackay during the June-July school holidays.



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