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Academy Mission

The City Islanders Academy (CIA) mission is to provide quality training to Central Pennsylvania’s youth soccer players utilizing the City Islanders Professional Team staff, area Club and College coaches, and the many avenues provided for college recruitment and the organization’s connection to Pro Soccer opportunities.

CIA will work as a club-neutral organization with our training curriculum complimenting area Club and/or school teams.  Our players will experience high-level technical, tactical, physical, and mental soccer training.  An extensive evaluation process will be available to all players.

CIA commits to its players and families and will continue to grow as an organization through enhancing soccer opportunities and facilities in Central Pennsylvania.  Our players will progress in their soccer development with the knowledge needed to step onto any team and understand the philosophies of the game and the fundamentals of each position and team formation.  Our players will progress in their personal development with the knowledge needed to succeed in all walks of life through dedication, commitment, and the drive for excellence.


Founded in 1986, United Soccer Leagues has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors.  Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean.  USL provides a clearly defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (USL Super Y-League/USL Super-20 League), continuing up through the amateur level (USL Premier Development League/USL W-League) and on up to the professional level (USL PRO).  A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the region.

City Islanders Academy Adult Teams U20 and U23 Mens

Our U20 and U23 Mens teams will train from mid-May till the end of July and participate in high level friendlies over the summer versus USL PDL/Reserves, NPSL teams, and opportunities for the Mens players to train with the Isles First Team.

City Islanders Academy Tournament Teams

The City Islanders Academy began in 2004.  The Academy provides area youth soccer players the opportunity to play high-level soccer with players throughout Central Pennsylvania.  Players experience a training camp staffed with Academy coaches and City Islanders Pro Players.  Teams compete in up to three tournaments.  Tournaments will vary from year to year.

What the Academy has to offer your player:

  • Curriculum to advance players throughout their soccer careers, from youth, to high school, to college, to pros (Islanders/Union/Independence).
  • Teach players multiple soccer techniques, tactics, and formations to be able to fit into any style of play.
  • Top level training on/off field:  professional coaches; weight training/speed and agility sessions in quality facilities that include gyms, pools, and classrooms.
  • Player evaluations after the summer season ends
  • Each team trains twice per week and will participate in three competitive summer tournaments
  • Each team will be offered speed and agility sessions throughout the summer
  • Friendlies against other Academies and clubs will take place in the summer as well(each friendly is determined by each team)
  • Opportunities for individual team sponsors
  • Season ticket to all City Islanders Pro Team home games, and discounted rates for adults and siblings.


  • Academy Tryouts, November
  • Meet-n-Greet (meet your coach and team), February
  • Day Camp Kick-Off, May (typically middle of of May)
  • Practices and tournaments run end of May through July
  • Pro Team Academy Events at Pro Team Games May through August (team nights, player escorts, picnics, end of summer send-off)

Indoor Training

Through a wide range of instructional programs, the City Islanders Academy is dedicated to improving youth soccer in Central Pennsylvania.

We offer developmental programs for individual players ages U6 through U14.  Our programs run either 6, 8 or 12 weeks — with offerings in the fall, winter, and spring. For information, return to homepage, select the CI Academy Tab, then select Indoor Training.

Our training locations include In The Net, Sports City, Red Rose, Twin Ponds West, and Yellow Breeches Sports Center.  For facility addresses, return to homepage, select the CI Academy Tab, then select Facility and Field Locations.

Our Indoor Training Program includes top level instruction by Professional City Islanders Players or Academy Coaches and all participants receive a free t-shirt and City Islanders Pro Game Ticket.

We also offer team training for Club teams — providing a professional trainer who will tailor a program to meet your team’s needs.  Contact Dave Kern, Academy Director, at dave@cityislanders.com for more information.

Summer Camps

Our camps help players improve their skills within a competitive environment.  We have designed programs to ensure players of all abilities are challenged, focused, and having fun!

Our camps includes top level instruction by Professional City Islanders Players or Academy Coaches and all participants receive a free t-shirt and City Islanders Pro Game Ticket.

Our camps are run throughout Central Pennsylvania.  For information, return to homepage, select the CI Academy Tab, then select Summer Camps.

If you’re involved with soccer in Central Pennsylvania, we hope you’ll soon either be playing for the City Islanders Academy or learning from the City Islanders Academy.  We are dedicated to youth soccer in Central PA.

Do you have questions?

Contact Dave Kern, Academy Director at dave@cityislanders.com