U8 Program

Program Information

Birth Year: 2013

Community programs offer a comprehensive soccer experience for players of all ages and skill levels. Our focus is to create an atmosphere and environment in training and competition where players are challenged to be creative and solve problems. The priority is on the individual player and the development of technically superior soccer players in a fun, rewarding setting. Great importance is placed on age appropriate activities and creating a child-centered learning environment where building the player comes first, then the team.  Players will practice twice a week (on average) throughout the season in an academy style format which US Soccer determined as a “Best Practice.”  We implement and replicate many of the highest standards required by U.S. Soccer.


A six month program: August - October; March - May; teams will meet on average three times/week.

Training Location/Practice Days

Location:  Thompson Park, 5600 Thompson Road, Columbus, OH 43230
Practice Days:  TBD 

Game Information

Teams play in a local league and most games will be scheduled for the weekends.


All events are ala cart.  The program will look to do one - three events over the course of the club year.  Event fees will range from $30 - $75/event and will be billed separately at the time of each event.  Event fees are only refundable to the extent a refund is received from the event.


For the 2020-2021 season, Sporting Columbus will be in season one of a four season uniform cycle.  All players will need to order a full kitUniform orders are placed onlineAfter you pay your deposit, soccer.com will send an instruction e-mail to all players regarding the uniform process.  All uniform numbers will be randomly assigned.

Training Fee

spring only

$350/spring ($100/deposit with monthly payments thereafter) - this includes but is not limited to practices (outdoors, indoors, in person and/or online), friendlies and/or games. These fees do not include events, travel and/or uniforms.


REGISTRATION CLOSED FEBRUARY 28; however, if you are interested, please contact either Dave Merrick for the girls program or Geoff Starks for the boys program.

All players are welcome - there are no tryouts for the U8 program.  Each player must register online and pay their deposit to join the program.  All registration is completed electronically.  Click here to register (either log into your account or create a new account for new families and then choose Thompson Park U8 Program - 2020-2021).  For new accounts, please be sure the player is listed as a household member prior to starting the registration.



New Fee Structure

Why we changed