SDA Futures Youth Development Program

SDA Future Stars


SDA Futures Youth Development Program (YDP) is a soccer training program for boys and girls age 4 – 9 years old. Technical ball skills, agility and quickness combined with small-sided activities will be the programs curriculum. Training sessions will focus on ball mastery, coordination and free play – all key components in player development for players at these ages.


Where is the training and when?
Sept. 18th, 25th

Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

SDA Training Facility – 7250 State Fair Blvd

Who can participate?
Any Girls and/or Boys ages 4-8 years old

What are the dates and times?
The next session begins mid-September.

Sept. 18th, 25th

Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

5:15 – 6:15pm

*Always enrolling throughout the year

For any questions please email Michael Paolini at

SDA Futures Online Registration

Please go to the SDA website and click on the “registration” tab. Create an account or login to an existing account and choose SDA Futures as your program.

One of the most well known soccer clubs in the Central NY region,Syracuse Development Academy, has created the SDA Futures program. This is an introductory program where young players will train and play games.


General Information

Each club has a common goal, player development. We believe in the early stages of development it is important to build individual and team skills, athleticism, self confidence, and appropriate attitudes about winning and losing.

Players will learn how to prepare themselves as an athlete (hydration, proper stretching, proper rest, and conditioning) for training sessions, & league games. Players learn, over time, the importance of the development of speed stamina, agility, physical strength and endurance.

We apply the appropriate level of weekly, monthly and annual exposure to the sport at the appropriate ages. We will develop players to eventually compete at a high level and in most circumstances play the players up in age to keep the appropriate level of competitive pressure on them throughout their early developmental years.

We want players to look forward to attending training sessions, games & camps. This is typically fostered by time away from the game. We want players to have the time to:
1) Spend time with the ball alone, in their environment.
2) Work on their own creativity.
3) Organize neighborhood games.

Lastly, we believe that ball possession is the back-bone of soccer. The argument for possession soccer and ball control tactics – “knocking it around” – is summarized in Pele’s phrase: “when you control the ball, you control the score”. When you give the ball away, either indiscriminately clearing it away, or by high-energy recklessness, you concede control of the ball as well as the game to the other team.

Mike Paolini
Mike played his High School soccer at Liverpool HS and played his Collegiate soccer at SUNY Plattsburgh. While at Plattsburgh he was an All-SUNYAC, All-Region and All-American player as well as the teams Most Valuable Player. After college he went on to play professional soccer with the Rochester Rhinos and New Hampshire Phantoms. With the Phantoms he tallied 2 goals and 2 assists in his rookie season. Mike is currently the Director of Coaching with Syracuse Development Academy (SDA). He was the first Men’s coach at Wells College where he led the team to the playoffs in the first 3 years of existence. The New York State West Youth Soccer Association named him Coach of the Year in 2007. That same year he led the U12 Girls Empire United team to a Region 1 Championship, which is a historic first for NYSWYS. Mike holds a United States Soccer Federation National “B” License and NSCAA National Diploma.