About our Academy

  • When the Little Rock Rangers launched in 2015, part of the club’s mission statement included improving youth soccer in the Little Rock and greater central Arkansas area. The club is making a large step towards meeting that goal with the Little Rock Rangers Academy. Our Little Rock Youth Soccer Academy focuses on a more year-round training experience for players who are committed to accelerating their development. The Rangers Academy is led by former professional and international soccer player and coach, Ante Jazic.


  • In the fall of 2018 the LR Rangers Academy launched our “Young Bucks” program for children in the 4-6 year old age range. The sessions will be 45 minutes to 1 hour a week for 8 weeks each season. The sessions will be instructed by Rangers players and the curriculum will be provided and overseen by Coach Ante Jazic. Young Bucks’ parents will participate occasionally, sometimes overseeing a training station, especially with 4 year olds. The program is designed to encourage the player to fall in love with the game, while at the same time, providing the players and parents a strong foundation in basic movement skills like jumping, landing, kicking, throwing and catching in a fun and safe environment.


  • In the fall of 2019 the LR Rangers Academy began forming boys competitive teams. Our boys compete in the ASSA State Classic League. Future plans of our Academy include creating a girls program.

Academy Leadership


Ante Jazic

  • LR Rangers Technical Director and Youth Academy Director
  • Jazic’s Experience:

  • Current Staff Coach for US Youth National Soccer Teams
  • Former Coach for Canadian Youth National Soccer Teams
  • 7 Year Starter within the MLS
  • LA Galaxy and Chivas USA
  • 10 Year Starter within European Leagues
  • Hajduk Split (Croatia)
  • Rapid Vienna (Austria)
  • Kuban Krasnodar (Russia)
  • Captain and Member of Senior Canadian National Team (15 Years)
  • Retains USSF “A” Coaching License
  • “If a youth player wants to truly become elite, then they need to be prepared to train year round with calculated breaks.”
  • “The 8-12 year old age group are the golden ages of player development. It’s critical at these ages players learn the proper technical components of the game. This program is designed to give players a strong technical foundation in their soccer development.”

Youth Soccer Academy Media

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academy testimonials

  • Our Parents say…

      • “My son participated in the Little Rock Rangers winter training program. He has participated in many camps and trainings over the last few years, but this training was one of the best. It consisted of well-organized sessions with training provided by knowledgeable coaches. Information was clear for the parents and training was fun for the participants. My son left every training session saying it was awesome. We drove into Little Rock for every session and it was worth all the miles. He can’t wait to attend the next trainings offered!”
      • “My son has done various camps in the last 4 years and this one has been his favorite. All the coaches were great with the kids and were invested in each one of them. We are looking forward to the next camp!”
      • “My daughter really enjoyed the winter camp. She was excited to attend each practice and hated when it finished. I was amazed with how well organized Coach Ante had every practice set up and ran. Having 2 LR Rangers players help coaching was great. I could really tell improvements Audrey made in her skills and game awareness from the beginning of camp to the end. Audrey and I are both excited for her to do the summer camp.”

Celebrity Coach Appearances





**If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities within the Rangers Academy or learn how to sponsor an underprivileged player please email academy@littlerockrangers.com.**