Greetings LFC IA Michigan Family!
As 2023 draws to a close, we catch up on a few year-end highlights, discover upcoming events, and get a sneak peek into the exciting prospects awaiting us in 2024. Grab a cup of cheer and dive into the latest news as we bid farewell to the old and embrace the new on our soccer journey together!
November Player of the Month
Congratulations to our November Player of the Month winners! LFC International Academy coaches around the globe recognize their players who embody the core values of The Liverpool Way: Ambition, Commitment, Dignity and Unity. Please join us in congratulating players from each of our sites for their achievements. Keep up the great work!
LFCIA Annual Parent Survey
Friendly reminder to complete the LFCIA Parent Survey and enter to win LFC merch!
This survey is issued to LFCIAs worldwide and, as the world’s largest LFC International Academy, we want Michigan to have a strong representation. Please complete the survey if you haven’t done so already. Also, share the survey link with your spouse to complete as well.
- Your survey responses are entirely anonymous.
- An email address is required to enter the prize drawing.
- Closes Sunday, December 31, but don’t delay. Please respond TODAY.
Super Y 2023 Finals & 2024 Tryouts
Congratulations to all 11 of our Super Y teams that worked hard last summer to qualify for the Super Y League Finals last week in Florida. It’s a great achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players, coaches, and everyone involved in the program.
We had two teams make it to Championship matches and finished as Finalists: U16/17 2008/07 Girls Central and U15 2009 Boys Ann Arbor. The 11 teams and coaches that traveled to Florida were:
- U12 2012 Boys Central – Jonah Miller
- U12 2012 Boys Central 2 – Jordan Wainright
- U13 2011 Boys Central – Adam Spinks
- U15 2009 Boys Ann Arbor – Jamie Black
- U15 2009 Boys Central – David Veillette
- U16/17 2008/07 Boys Ann Arbor – Minem Vilece
- U12 2012 Girls Central 1 – Steve Cook
- U13 2011 Girls Central – Emma Voelker
- U14 2010 Girls Central – Danny Price
- U15 2009 Girls Central – Eliott Tarney
- U16/17 2008/07 Girls Central – Danny Price
Attention is now turned to tryouts for the 2024 summer season for boys and girls 2014-2007/06. Aspiring players can register to attend and view tryout schedules here.
- Ann Arbor at the EMU Dome on Friday, December 15, 2023
- Central site in Pontiac at the UWM Sports Complex Field 1 on Sunday, January 14, 2024.
Coaching Accreditation and License Achievements
During the month of November, several of our coaching staff from Hartland and North Oakland sites completed their LFC Coach Accreditation. The program emphasizes consistent coaching terminology, connection to LFC player role models, and implementation of proven LFC Academy methodologies, with a focus on holistic player development, culminating in on-field testing.
Also, congratulations to Ann Arbor Coach Ali Ouda on the completion of USSF D coaching license.
We appreciate our coaches and their commitment to improving their coaching abilities!
US Representative Team UK Tour 2024
We are so pleased to announce that players from Michigan will once again represent the club in the UK next summer. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity brings together elite boys and girls U14 and U16 from Liverpool FC International Academies across the US for a very special trip abroad featuring specialized training The Liverpool Way at a week-long camp, plus local matches and unforgettable moments in England. The selection process will get underway in early 2024.
Reds Junior Academy & Mini Reds
Our Reds youth development program continues to grow, introducing young players to soccer through five- or six-week sessions offered at our Central, Ann Arbor, South Oakland and North Oakland sites.
Winter 1 sessions achieved record enrollment for Mini Reds (ages 4-6) and Reds Junior Academy (ages 6-11). Thanks to our fantastic coaching staff and supportive families, we hope to carry the momentum into the new year.
Winter 2 sessions start in January at most sites. If you have friends or family with children ages 4-11 interested in soccer, registrations are now open for more soccer fun and growth.
Click here for more information on Mini Reds and Reds Junior Academy.
Veo Live Stream rolled out this fall allowing parents, friends, and fans to stay connected to our academy’s progress near or far away. In September we had nearly 4,000 views on livestreamed matches!
Never miss a moment: Download the Veo Live app, create an account, search for “Liverpool” and select the teams you want to follow. Get notified when your teams are live or watch a recorded match. Click here for Getting Started with Veo’s Live app
Highlights of the Week
If you haven’t seen the Veo Highlights of the Week, check out our Instagram and Facebook pages (click on icons below).
U15 and older can submit highlights to be selected each week (see your email for instructions). Coaches will submit highlights for players U14 and under.
If you know any boys or girls U7 and older not currently playing club soccer and looking to join a team, we are welcoming new talent, even midseason! Refer interested parents to contact the Site Director about available roster positions. See our Contact Us Page.
Reds Winter Camps
Looking for activities for the kids over the break, Reds Events will host Winter Soccer Camps for rec, select (club) and elite players ages 7-12. Open to players from any program or club, so invite friends and double the fun.
Check out multi-day camps during the December holiday break in Waterford, Ann Arbor, and South Oakland, plus MLK and Presidents’ Day camps in Pontiac, Waterford, and Ann Arbor.
There will be a “Girls Only” camp on Monday, January 15 at UWM Sports Complex with expert training and workshops on important topics in girls sports today to empower their journey.
Click here for Reds Camps information and registrations.
Reds Futsal Academy
Central’s futsal season is in full swing with boys teams 2015-2009 and girls teams 2015-2007 actively training at the UWM Fieldhouse and participating in weekend tournaments now through March.
Hartland has also launched its inaugural futsal season after a successful tryout in early December. Teams begin six weeks of training in January and season will culminate with the Chocolate Milk Futsal Cup tournament in March.
Players are set to reap the rewards of futsal, enhancing their skills, agility, quickness, tactical mastery, and overall fitness. It’s a fast-paced, dynamic environment that fuels both individual growth and team excellence.
Boys College ID Combine
Our first boys recruiting event was a huge success with nearly 60 players and 20+ coaches. We appreciate the college men’s soccer programs staff who attended to lead training sessions and scout players during scrimmages. A College ID event for girls will be held in June 2024.
Support the Reds Scholarship Fund
Three opportunities to support our soccer family and make a positive impact on aspiring young players.
Giving Tuesday Year-end Campaign
Thank you to the families that have generously donated for the “Reds Scholarship Fund” Holiday Campaign! We are over the halfway mark, receiving $3,275 in donations toward our $5,000 goal. There’s time to help us reach our goal. Making a donation, big or small, to our 501(c)(3) organization may be eligible for a tax deduction if you give before the end of the year.
Hartland Comedy Night Fundraiser
Following the success of last year’s event, we’re bringing back the hilarity on Friday, February 2 at Crystal Gardens in Howell.
Join us for an adults-only evening of comedy and great company.
Tickets are $90 per person, or reserve a table of 10 with priority seating for $900, and include open bar, buffet dinner, silent auction, and comedy show. Mark your calendars, call the sitter, and click here to get your tickets now.
Central Annual Golf Outing – Save the Date
Save the date and start forming your foursome! Central’s annual golf outing will be held Friday, May 17, at Fieldstone Golf Course in Auburn Hills.
Black Friday 3v3
Reds Events hosted its seventh Black Friday 3v3 the day after Thanksgiving for 140 teams made up of players from within our club and around Southeast Michigan. Thank you to our event staff led by Reds Tournament Director Danny Price for another great event.
Special recognition to our Food Drive sponsor Next Level Training. Thank you to everyone who donated — we took a truckload of food items to Gleaners Food Bank for the holidays! And shout-outs to all our Field Sponsors:
- 2SP Sports Performance
- Service Specialists of America / Mobile Medical Repair
- Explore Group Travel – Soccer in Spain
- Futskills Academy by Tati
- Next Level Training
- Murray Center for Behavioral Wellness
Family 2 Family Business Directory
Support our families with businesses who are supporting Reds Events through sponsorship.
2023/24 Reds Events Sponsors:
- Murray Center for Behavioral Wellness
- Frame’s Pest Control, Inc.
- Michigan Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Bright Ideas Furniture
- Matick Chevrolet
- Bussa Financial Partners
Click here for business information!