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Pre-Travel Academy

Tryout registration is now open for the new FULL-YEAR (fall/spring) Pre-Travel Academy!
Tryouts have now concluded.  Please contact Coach Ben to schedule a tryout at [email protected].

GFR is pleased to present a new Pre-Travel Academy Director, Ben Liddle!
Ben has been coaching for more than 7 years with a passion for developing players at the foundational stages. He is focused on developing creative and confident players with the technical skills and tactical understanding to play a possession-based style. Ben has previously coached at various clubs in Northern Virginia including Sterling Soccer Club, Arlington Soccer Association, and Herndon Youth Soccer, where he worked with players from U7-U12,  including multiple who have gone on to play at the ECNL/MLSNext level. His teams have had success in local/regional competitions as well as winning a USYF National Championship. As a player Ben played in Germany in the Oberliga with club Blumenthaler SV, he also played semi-professionally with Northern Virginia FC.


About GFR's PTA program...
The Pre-Travel Academy (PTA) is a full-year program (Fall & Spring) specifically designed for U7 & U8 players who are looking to take their game to the next level. GFR's PTA focuses on preparing these young athletes with the tools they need to transition to U9 Travel soccer, by recreating game like situations in a smaller format (5v5). With fewer players, we can put players in an environment that creates more touches on the ball, focuses on using skill, and applying the fundamentals of the game. Our professional coaching staff will apply age-appropriate activities to foster their growth in a fun and challenging setting.

*Improve individual footskills
*Improve 1v1 attacking/defending
*Understanding when to dribble or pass
*Develop passion for the game

Players can choose between full and part-time PTA during registration:

During the fall and spring seasons, the full-time PTA pools will train 2x week and will play against other clubs on the weekends.

The part-time PTA pool is encouraged to participate in GFR's House League in addition to the Pre-Travel program. The part-time PTA pool will train 1x week with their PTA pool and play 2 to 3 PTA games against other clubs over the course of the season.

Equipment: size 3 ball, shin guards, cleats, and 2023/24 PTA Kit – (2) jerseys, (2) shorts, (2) socks (additional cost)

*HOW IT WORKSParents will complete the *FREE* registration for tryouts which will take place on August 18th and 25th (MUST attend at least one tryout session).  After tryouts, those players who are selected for the program will receive an invitation to join and pay the fees.  (There are payment plans available!)  The PTA program will run Fall 2023 and Spring 2024; there will be no need to try out again for Spring.  Any players wishing to join for Spring will need to attend a tryout in March and pay a prorated Spring-only fee, if accepted to the program.

PTA Calendar
 Included  Additional Options
Fall 2023Spring 2024 Winter 2024Summer 2024
TryoutsMust attend one:
August 18 or
August 25
New players:
March 8
 Open to all
age-appropriate players
Open to all
age- appropriate players
Practices:Tuesdays &
TBD 2x/week TBD 1x/weekTBD 1x/week
Games:SaturdaysSaturdaysno gamesno games
Dates:September 5 -
October 28
April 1 -
May 18
 January 9 -
February 22
June 12 - 
July 31
Registration:Open NOW!Opens Feb 1st Opens Nov 1stOpens May 1st


For information about the Pre-Travel Academy, please contact Ben at [email protected].

Great Falls Reston Soccer Club PO Box 836 
Great Falls, Virginia 22066 Phone: 703-859-6267
Email: [email protected]


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