Mike Bernardis and Steve Djoric, with the help of members Kazimir Dorotich,
Colin Black, Peter Andrade, Mario Pecile and Harry Hillmann, set out to
produce a thorough and radical step-by-step program which the academy still
implements to this day.
From the onset, the non-profit organization's main objective has been youth
development. It offers the possibility of reaching high performance
standards and personal goals faster through truly scientific teachings.
Here students are taught body skills and their bad habits are corrected.
They learn that all sizes matter and that fitness alone does not a soccer
player make. They understand that coordination is the key to reaching the
peak as a player and are coached on becoming a "four-footed" player.
academy is a permanent, year-round school. It participates in
regional, provincial, national and international tournaments
and exhibition games in order to assess the progress of each
member. As well, occasional tours to Italy are organized in order to introduce students to a diverse soccer
knowledge. Each pupil's self-analysis alone is worth the trip.
For the more serious student, the CSAA has created the Primavera
Program. It is strictly for those who have the potential
to pursue a professional soccer career. This, however, does
not mean that we take on only "completed" players.
The program provides participants more in-depth, scientific
instructions with emphasis on technical and tactical studies.
The student is constantly scrutinized and must undergo tests
for attitude, responsibility, physical skills, body fitness,
and team work. At the Technical Director's discretion, Italy's
Primavera clubs are then contacted for try-outs. It is the general
opinion among soccer people that once you join one of Italy's
Primavera teams you have made it!
Yes, here and only here will students truly improve
their soccer skills. Two generations of players have already
done so. And they, in turn, are now teaching others how to play
soccer our way. We hope this ideal will continue for years
(1) Youth development.
(2) To encourage and nurture good citizenship and sportsmanship,
exemplary moral, ethical and professional conduct of its staff
and provide a safe, enjoyable and productive environment for
the benefit of its students in particular and Canadian Juvenile
Soccer in general.
(3) To develop technical skills along with physical development
rather than winning games; the more these skills are developed,
the more likely the teams will win.
(4) To evaluate the progress of each student. Assess the same
under game conditions and create a "complete player"
(5) To foster understanding and tolerance of the various ethnic
groups involved in soccer.
(6) To establish year-round regional soccer schools with certified
programs such as its first permanent SteveMike Soccer
School in convenient centres with indoor/outdoor facilities
for lectures and practical instructions of the game of soccer
and open to 8-14 year old juvenile players.
(7) To select, recruit and/or train qualified staff and instructors
who are oriented in a systematic approach to teaching soccer
techniques, tactics and the practical game with special emphasis
on the step-by-step development of players' fundamental skills.
(8) To uphold and promote the F.I.F.A. Laws of the Game and
Guide for Referees.
(9) To motivate any public or private organization interested
in the well-being of their communities to promote juvenile soccer
and to assist them in organizing area demonstrations, lectures
and soccer clinics.
(10) To generate support for the Society, accept donations,
set fees or do such things as may be necessary to raise funds
to carry out these purposes.