Boys & Girls

Individuals who are chosen for a Pre-Academy team become a part of an elite player community representing all of Long Island. Rough Riders Pre-Academy teams participate in local, regional, and national competitions and receive professional training on a year-round basis.

Pre-Academy teams will compete in various youth leagues and tournaments across Long Island throughout the year. This is to supplement the team’s overall development and ability to perform in a competitive environment.

The main goal of the Pre-Academy teams is to transfer the hard work from annual intense training to competition success. Success for many relates to victories. The Rough Riders however, measure success in long-term player and team development.

As an affiliate club of Long Island SC, a member of the United States Development Academy, the Pre-Academy offers a clear pathway to the highest level of youth soccer on Long Island for both male and female players.

Players who are at a competitive level following their time in the Pre-Academy program will be invited to trial with Long Island SC (U10-U19).

Pre-Academy FAQs



  • Fall – Training 1x per week typically on a Sunday evening (October to January)
  • Winter – Training 1x per week typically on a Sunday evening (January to April)
  • Spring – Training 1x per week typically on a Sunday evening (April to July)
  • Summer – Training 1x per week typically on a Wednesday OR Thursday evening (July to August)

Team Camp:

Our Pre-Academy teams will attend a 4-day team camp during the last month of June. Players are required to attend team camp to prepare and spend some quality concentrated time with their coaches and teammates before the busy summer season.

*Team Camp is included in your total program fee*

Technical Staff


Rigels Qosa  | Scott Maloney | Ryan Dunnan  | Daniel Hedgecock | Mariano Belen  | Courtney Boothe | Sergio Valencia | Tom Bowen


Meghan Frey | Lauren Brossard | Rebecca Mattia | Christian Papa | Adam Goldstein | Sage Dieterle | Christina Jean-Charles


The Long Island Rough Riders will utilize facilities throughout the Long Island area in both Nassau and Suffolk County. All Pre-Academy Rough Riders teams will train at one of the following locations listed below:

Globall Sports Centers (Indoor) – Garden City, NY

Hofstra University Soccer Stadium (Outdoor) Hempstead, NY

Peter C. Collins Soccer Park (Outdoor) – Plainview, NY

Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds (Indoor) – Melville, NY

Nassau Community College (Indoors) – Garden City, NY


Approximate costs to be apart of the Pre-Academy program are below.

Training, Facility, and Program Fees – $1390

Uniform Cost approx. $80 (includes 2 Jerseys, shorts and 2 pairs of socks.)

Tournament Costs are divided amongst the players attending the tournament.

League participation will be an additional fee and will be communicated directly from your coaches.