Karen FA Youth Academy & NXTGEN

Welcome to the Karen FA Youth Academy and NXTGEN Program. Our development program uses soccer as a tool to help build life skills for the kids in the Karen community.

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KFA NXT GEN

Our KFA NXT GEN program is designed for players between 4 and 7 years old, as an introduction to the sport of soccer before graduating to the academy program. This program will help players develop the core skills used in soccer, such as ball manipulation, coordination, and awareness, while emphasizing fun, teamwork, and respect.

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Youth Academy

The Academy program is designed for players 8 years old and up, as a way for players to build on what they learned in KFA NXT GEN through game-like activities and play, and will help players build on their core skills and prepare them for the 7v7 game.

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2024 SEASON SCHEDULE

Thank you for all of your continued support. You can view all of the schedule information here.

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SUMMER 2024 SESSION

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
May: 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
June: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25, 26 (No Practice 6/19)
July: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

Location
John Glenn Middle School
1560 County Rd B
Maplewood, MN 55109

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TIMES

Wednesdays and Thursdays
6:00pm: 2016-2019 boys / girls
6:00pm: 2015-2017 boys
7:00pm: 2013-2014 boys
7:00pm: 2015+ Girls

2024 SUMMER SESSION

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
May: 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
June: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25, 26 (No Practice 6/19)
July: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

TIMES & LOCATION
6:00pm: 2016-2019 boys / girls
6:00pm: 2015-2017 boys
7:00pm: 2013-2014 boys
7:00pm: 2015+ Girls

Location
John Glenn Middle School
1560 County Rd B
Maplewood, MN 55109

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Active Youth Do Better In Life

Parenting in today's world is becoming increasingly complex. The widespread use of social media and its profound influence on young minds make it particularly challenging for parents to navigate. As a result, low self-esteem and mental health issues are on the rise. In addition, the prevalence of obesity, alcohol and substance abuse is alarming. Fortunately, research has shown that keeping children active and involved in sports can be an effective way to combat these issues.

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Less Likely to Drink Alcohol or Smoke at an Early Age

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Experience Lower Levels of Depression and Loneliness

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Less Likely to Have an Early Pregnancy

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Have Higher Self Esteem

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Less Likely to Take or Deal Drugs

Karen FA Youth Academy Coaching Staff

Karen FA Youth Academy Coach

Hsinku Lay

Academy Coaching Staff

Karen FA Youth Academy Coach

Dun Lwe Htoo

Academy Coaching Staff

Karen FA Youth Academy Coach

Reebar Htoo

Academy Coaching Staff

Karen FA Youth Academy Coach

Ku Gay Tha

Academy Coaching Staff

Karen FA Youth Academy Coach

Chi Chi

Academy Coaching Staff

Anthony

Anthony Seat

Academy Coaching Staff

Karen FA Youth Academy Coach

Dhiraj Basnet

Academy Coaching Staff

Karen FA Youth Academy Coach

Hser Pwe Htoo

Academy Coaching Staff

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Mu Thoo

Academy Coaching Staff

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Brendan Doyle

Director of Football Operations

Karen FA Leadership Team

Lay Lay Zan

Board of Directors

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Kyle Johnson

Executive Director

Technical Staff

The Karen FA Youth Academy technical staff brings a passion for the game combined with the a genuine desire to provide more opportunities for those who sit outside of the US Youth Sports system. Their desire to help athletes achieve a top level is a goal for all.

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Brendan Doyle

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

Brendan joined the Karen Football Association as Director of Football Operations in August 2022 in order to work with the members of the Advisory Board to develop a training methodology and style of play for the organization.
Through his dedication to coaching and his passion for the game to help grow a culture at KFA that will allow for players to develop on and off the field and increase the opportunities in the game for those players.

He currently holds a United States Soccer Federation C License as well as a United Soccer Coaches Urban Soccer Diploma. He is currently an assistant coach in the Minneapolis City SC Futures Program, as well as the Community Engagement coordinator for the club. Prior to joining KFA, Brendan was a staff coach for the St Paul Blackhawks.

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Thank you for the continued support from all of the media locally and around the world, sharing the stories of the Karen community and KFA. Read the articles below to learn more about the impact we are making.

Supporters

Thank you to all of the individuals, companies, and organizations supporting the Karen community.

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