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PYSA Academy

Our Academy Program has proven a great way to get new PYSA players introduced to the game in a fun, safe learning environment. Our Academy teams participate in friendly matchups against other area programs, but with relatively limited travel obligations. The focus of the PYSA Academy is to help foster an interest in the game, and provide a foundation of skills that help our boys and girls transition into NMSA, and ultimately Premier team play. The Academy does participate in our Petoskey Fresh Coast Classic in June & Autumn Blast in September. For more on our Academy, click below:

PYSA Academy Information


For our PYSA u11-14 rosters, the competition and travel requirements grow versus Academy. Our teams participate fully in the Northern Michigan Soccer Alliance (NMSA) which typically requires travel throughout Northern Michigan for weekend games. These teams also participate in both Petoskey tournaments (Summer Invitational & Autumn Blast) and are encouraged to seek out-of-area tournament opportunities as well. Our girls teams are known as Petoskey Whitecaps, while boys go by Petoskey Blizzard. While the priority remains to develop our players and keep them engaged in the game, there is an increasing focus placed on winning and on-field success.

PYSA Premier Teams

Our Petoskey Premier teams represent the "finished product" that PYSA works to create through the Academy and NMSA years. At the premier level, our teams seek out top-flight competition throughout the State of Michigan and occasionally outside of state borders. Our boys program is known as the Petoskey Lakers, while our girls are known as Petoskey Breakers. Typically, the Lakers participate in the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP) where they compete in league play against 9 other high-caliber teams from throughout the state. The Lakers also participate in the Petoskey Summer Invitational, and typically pursue additional out-of-area tournament opportunities. The Lakers also schedule midweek friendlies against area competition in an effort to maximize their playing opportunities. The Breakers usually participate in a series of high-quality tournaments throughout the state. Breakers teams often participate in as many as five fall tournaments, including the Petoskey Autumn Blast. Both programs involve significant commitments to travel and training time, with training typically three days a week and most opponents/tournaments located in the Metro Detroit area. The priority for our premier teams is on-field success, and each roster is created through an annual tryout process.
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