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2023-2024 Team Information

U16-U19 High School Program Logistical Details:

2023 U16 to U19 Teams: Players from Birthyear: 2008 to 2005
Team Structure: Teams U13 to U19 play 11v11 according to US Soccer.

State League Participation:

Nebraska State Soccer Association (NSSA), Nebraska Youth Soccer League (NYSL)
League Locations: Lincoln, Omaha Area, include areas 60-90 miles (including Grand Island etc.). The league serves the State of Nebraska Member Clubs
League Game Days: Saturday and Sunday, Weeknights only as needed
League Dates: Fall August 5-November 12, 2023 and Spring March 18-June 9, 2024
Number of Fall and Spring League Games: 7-game season each season
President's Cup or State Cup if Qualified: 3-5 game state event, if advances additional costs may apply

Additional League or Tournament Participation:
Friendlies, Festivals, Tournaments
Competition Locations: In-State Nebraska or Council Bluffs or Out-of-State Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa
Game Days: Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday
Number of Fall Additional Competition Games: varies per team

Winter Competition Participation:

Winter Futsal League or Indoor Soccer
Competition Winter Locations: Lincoln, Omaha, or Council Bluffs
Game Days: Saturday or Sunday
Competition Dates: Winter November 4, 2022-March 12, 2023
Number of Winter Competition Games: 7-13 game season

Yearly Training Plans:

Speed, Strength, Agility with Certified Personal Trainer 1x per week July 31-February 23, 2024 Valued at $675 per athlete (included)
Training and 32+ Games over 210 hours of soccer provided.
Fall Training: Three times per week July 24-October 28, 2023
Winter Training: Two times per week from November 1, 2023 -February 24, 2024, Time off around Major Holidays
Spring Training: Three times per week June 5-June 23, 2024


Program/Tuition Cost: $1695
Estimated Competition Cost: $450 (32+ Annual Competitions)

Estimated Competition Cost: $450 (39-44 Annual Competitions) estimated breakout for reference:
($125 NPL, $58 Fall League, $46 Fall VNA Tourney, $56 Winter Session 1, $56 Winter Session 2, $95 Tourney Travel) approximately 30-38 games.
1st payment of Competition fees will be included in your initial registration of $200. 2nd Payment of Competition fees will be added in November of $200. 3rd Payment (of approximately) $140 of Competition fees will be added in January.

This is an annual program, monthly payment plan available.

Annual Program Runs August 1, 2023 -June 30, 2024
If joining after August 1st call for Help

Program Comparison Chart, subject to change at any time as needs and details become available.

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The Villarreal Nebraska Academy Elite High School Program focuses on the individual development of well-rounded soccer players with a proven curriculum based on Villarreal C.F. and other international training methods.  Elite players will be registered with USYS, US Club, and/or USYF and participate in state and regional leagues and national tournaments. The Elite program is designed for players that want to compete in the state and regionally. The main focus of the Elite Program is player development to compete on top level teams. 

Players are invited to join the program during tryouts in June each year. Limited openings may exist during the year if a player is looking to join mid-year.


Team Formation (or commonly known as Tryouts) will follow the requirements and timeline set forth by Nebraska State Soccer Association.  Refer to the Registration and Tryout Information page for tryout dates, times, and locations. 

Note that, per NSSA requirements, tryouts are not required for admission into U10 and younger programs, and players can register for those programs beginning each June.  Both registered and interested players are encouraged to participate in TEAM FORMATIONS: tryout/evaluation sessions to help the club place each player into the appropriate initial training group. You Must register even if you can not attend in order to be placed on a team.


Coaching is provided by Nationally Licensed and VNA trained Villarreal Nebraska Academy coaches who have studied and understand the VNA coaching curriculum. All coaching is under the supervision and direction of DOC Jorge Sambataro and a club program director or age-group coordinator. Elite Teams have a head coach, an assistant coach, and additional academy coaches. Player to coach training ratio is lower than any other club in the state or region. 


The following information is as accurate as possible.  However, slight changes to tournaments, training days/times, and other modifications may be necessary as the season and year progress.

Leagues Fall: NYSL
USYS President's Cup or State Cup: 3-5 games
League Winter:  approximately 12-14 games
Tournaments: College Showcase in November if applicable, 1-2 tournaments

Travel is Required!

Training Frequency: 3 times per week Fall, 2 time per week Winter and Summer


Program/Tuition Fees: $1695 program fees, includes $300 non-refundable registration and administration fee

Estimated Competition Fees: $540 is added to the registration for your convenience to be able to add the fees to your monthly payment plan.

Payment Plan: Joining is a  yearly membership fee: can be paid all at once or using the monthly payment plan. *This is not a monthly fee but a yearly fee, in easy monthly payments for your convenience. 


U11-U19 Members and Non-Members must register for 2023-24 Team Formation in order to be sent an offer after tryouts and to be placed on a team. 

Financial Assistance is available.
Players must qualify and apply. Please email [email protected] 
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  Villarreal Nebraska Academy uses enlistment in the Nebraska Department of Education Free and Reduced Lunch Program as a guide to financial need.  If your player is part of this program, please submit a photo copy of the Notice of Approval letter you received from the school district (one photo copy for each player) to If your child does not attend a public school, please send an email explaining your scholarship needs to

The program costs above include: 

  • Coaching: Academy Coaching and Unrivaled Coach/Player Ratios.
  • Internationally licensed/professional coaching DOC oversight for all teams.
  • Licensed and Experienced Head Coach
  • Licensed Assistant Coach
  • Additional Academy Coach Involvement
  • Business and Company Overhead costs,
  • Field/Facility rental fees,
  • Professional Administrative Staff,
  • Training: For the year: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer: including goalkeeper training
  • Villarreal C.F. Academy Membership fees,
  • Villarreal Nebraska Academy Membership fees.

The program cost above does not include:

  • Uniform costs (see below for details),
  • Player and Family Personal travel costs,
  • Additional Winter Indoor Soccer League(s) (optional),
  • Ultra Training fees (optional),
  • Private training fees (optional),
  • Camp/clinic fees (optional).


Recommendation to purchase: Black Cold-Weather Shirt and Pants. Black Beanie Cap, Black Field Gloves. Black Cold-Weather. 

Other Optional Items are available and can be purchased.

Additional EQUIPMENT: 
Footwear should fit snugly. For training and games, cleats are required at this level.
Ball: When indoor at Nebraska Sports Center players do NOT need to bring a soccer ball. When outdoor for training or games players need to bring a properly inflated size 5 soccer ball.


Elite players are encouraged to participate in other athletic, academic, and extracurricular activities.  To the extent possible, players are expected to coordinate their activities in order to attend all scheduled soccer training, games, and tournaments.  When conflicts are unavoidable, players must provide Villarreal Nebraska Academy with advanced notice of absences at least a week in advance.  Numerous training absences may adversely affect playing time during games. Game day notifications of absences will adversely affect playing time during games.

Community Service:  Each Elite player is expected to provide a minimum of four (4) hours of mentorship and/or community service per season.  This service is an important component of the program as it teaches the players to give back to the club and community.  Acceptable hours include volunteering to assist in training sessions for Submarines, Yellow-TEAM, or Select programs; tracking player points during other Villarreal Nebraska Academy games; assisting with club events; or other community activities as approved by the Managing Director.

PLAYER MOVEMENT: In order to respond to differing development rates as the year progresses, Select players could have the opportunity to move between training groups and/or teams to optimize each player’s growth. Player movement to a higher level program will cost the difference between the programs at the time of movement.


The curriculum and developmental process that Villarreal Nebraska Academy utilizes is uniquely structured to provide a systematic progression of soccer skills over time.  As a result, the optimum development takes place within the structure of Villarreal Nebraska Academy training and competitions.  Elite players are discouraged from participating in non-club soccer events in which Villarreal Nebraska Academy coaches are not involved, as different coaching approaches can delay or counter the developmental process that the club provides.  If players choose to participate in non-club soccer events anyway, they must first notify Villarreal Nebraska Academy of their intent and obtain permission from the DOC.

18 Year Old - Adult Athletes

Adult Athletes: Effective for the 2021/22 seasonal year, there are new “Adult Athlete” Safe Soccer (risk) national requirements that all members of U.S. Soccer must implement by January 1, 2022.  We understand the impact this has on our members and how challenging these requirements are.

“Adult Athletes” (defined as “Adult Participants”) are athletes who are 18 years of age or older who have regular contact participating on teams with “Minor Athletes” (this includes, but is not limited to training, scrimmages, games, etc.).  “Adult Athletes” must complete annual SafeSport training. There is no substitute for this requirement. SafeSport training will be the only accepted training module to fulfill this requirement for our 18-year-old players on youth teams.

If an Adult Athlete is found to NOT have completed the required training through the process outlined below, his/her player pass will be suspended indefinitely (current and all future seasonal years) and only reinstated upon completion of SafeSport.

Players can NOT take the training PRIOR to their 18th birthday. Once a player turns 18-years-old during the seasonal year, he/she has 30 days to complete the Adult Athlete Requirements.


Regional Event Teams – Any player going to a regional event(State Cup/Presidents Cup) and is 18 years of age or older must complete this to participate in these events.

All players must be entered into our PH Portal to start the process. Once entered they will be sent an email to login and complete the training.


Villarreal Nebraska Academy, Official Partner Academy of Villarreal C.F.
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Lincoln, Nebraska 68502

Phone: 402-853-7100
Email: [email protected]
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