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Italian Soccer Academy

Pre-Travel Academy Program -  Maryland

Coed, Ages 6-8


AC Cugini's year-round
 Pre-Travel Academy, which offers 
a player development program sanctioned by the Italian National Olympic Committee,
consists of professional training at EVERY session for boys and girls ages 5-8.
The program includes 2  training sessions weekly plus games on the weekend
and is intended to create future U9, U10 AC Cugini Academy travel teams.

AC Cugini Background and History


Program Director
AC Cugini President and Founder Fabio Diletti: A native Italian, Fabio is a professional trainer and talent scout for various Italian clubs who played goalkeeper for Italian professional club Ascoli Calcio - founded in 1898 - when Ascoli was in the Italian premier league, Serie A. Fabio possesses a UEFA license and receives training twice a year in Italy through Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI Servizi)  and Italian Soccer Federation coach training programs. Fabio, an international representative for CONI Servizi, has been coaching and training American players in the United States and Italy for over 20 years. Coach Diletti is also the former Head Coach of the  Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team, ACF Torino USA.

Head Instructors
Fabio Diletti
Cristian Diletti


Program Information

Contact Fabio Diletti: 703.477.5957; [email protected]


Registration/Payment Questions

Contact AC Cugini's Registration Coordinator Maria Bianconi: [email protected]; 866.792.9433

Registration Process

Online Registration: You must first create an account on this website and then add data for each child to be registered. You then select from available programs, based on your child's age and gender, and register and pay with a credit card or select button to pay by mailing a check. Online Registration Instructions.

Scholarships - Reduced Tuition

While AC Cugini training is unsurpassed, fees are kept low so that this unique soccer opportunity is affordable for all. Since its inception in 2000, AC Cugini has been committed to never turning away a player wishing to enroll in AC Cugini’s Pre-travel Academy for players ages 6-8 or the 11-month Academy Program due to limited family income. In 2014, US Youth Soccer granted AC Cugini “Soccer Across America” status due to AC Cugini’s long history of outreach to and support of children from low-income families. AC Cugini is committed to promoting the SSA program throughout the United States.

Also, AC Cugini does not believe that elite/travel teams should only be for those players who can afford the high expense of travel soccer. Therefore, we offer scholarships to eligible players with financial need in the 11-month Academy Program for elite players. AC Cugini officials also work with every family who may not qualify for a scholarship based on need, yet still need some form of assistance or special payment arrangements so no qualified child is ever turned away from participating on an AC Cugini team.

To request a scholarship and reduced tuition:

Contact Lisa Cherubini, Executive Director: 866.792.9433; [email protected]


Refund Policy

Once a registration is submitted either online or with hard copy for any AC Cugini program, there are no refunds or credits for another AC Cugini program, regardless of when the player leaves an AC Cugini program or team. 

Required Equipment
  • All players must wear shinguards and soccer cleats and bring a Size 3 soccer ball
  • Players should also have plenty of water with them.
  • The program includes a practice kit that to be worn at all practices and game kit to be worn on Saturday games.


Spring 2018
Pre-Travel Academy Program - Maryland

April 4 - June 9

 The Pre-Travel Academy program in Maryland is open to all boys and girls ages 6-8.
Note: Space is very limited to enhance the high-quality training provided as well as the learning experience.

After 4/01/18, contact [email protected] for late registrations.

Registration Fee
  • $280 per player - Includes AC Cugini Roma Academy practice kit, game kit, certificate of program completion.
  • Family discount: There is a 10% discount for the 2nd or 3rd child from the same family registering for the Pre-travel Academy program. A separate registration is required for each child to obtain the discount.

  • Fabio Diletti (AC Cugini President)
  • Cristian Diletti (Guest Instructor Spring 2018; Director, International Programs, based in Italy)

Practice & Home Game Field

Friends Meeting School, 3232 Green Valley Road, Ijamsville, MD 21754

Schedule: April 4 - June 9

Each training session involves instruction by a professional trainer with game play on Saturdays. 

  • Training:  Wednesday and Friday: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Games against teams from local clubs:  Saturday (dates/times/ locations TBA)

Registration Questions?  

Contact: [email protected]; 866.792.9433

Program Information

Contact Fabio Diletti: [email protected]; 703.477.5957

Required Equipment

All players must wear soccer cleats and shin guards and bring a size 3  soccer ball. The program fee includes an AC Cugini Roma Academy practice kit to be worn at practices and games.