Competitive Player Development
Our coaches are dedicated to producing the finest technically proficient and tactically aware players in the game, and therefore adhere to the following philosophies on player development to best serve each and every player involved within the club.
Our goal is to facilitate the development of our players so they can reach their soccer goals, and give them every opportunity to go as far as they want to go within the game of soccer.
Basic Stage U11-U12
Players in this soccer developmental stage of 10 to 12 years have a special ability to learn. Therefore, this is the right age to work on specific soccer techniques and skills. Developing good technique is essential at this age. 1v1 and 2v1 attacking and defending situations are important to develop individual skills as well as the passing techniques to develop the necessary team game. We use small-sided games to develop basic attacking and defensive principles. Other important aspects of tactical training are possession, combination play, transition and finishing in the final third, as well as zonal defending. Players will rotate in two or three different positions to avoid early specialization. Speed, coordination, balance and agility are the main physical aspects to improve at this stage. Players will begin refining and perfecting their individual abilities with the ball.
Intermediate Stage U13-U14
Players at this stage are tweaking their individual abilities with the ball and moving from technical proficiency to more complex technical and tactical parts of the game. At this stage, training sessions are steering towards tactics and the player will practice in bigger spaces. Players must practice all different types of techniques at this stage. Strength and endurance should be part of the fitness training. Coaching methods have to consider and preserve players’ health since they will be experiencing many changes due to puberty at this stage. Warm-ups and cool downs are essential as is dynamic flexibility. Players must develop discipline at this stage by following the instructions of the coach both during and outside training sessions.
Advanced Stage U15-U18
Tactical training and small-sided games are an essential part of the training at this stage. Attacking and defending principles must be part of all games. Important aspects of the tactical training are speed of play, quick transition, counter attacking and finishing in the final third, as well as pressing. Technique will focus on speed and accuracy. Passing and finishing are two of the main techniques emphasized at this stage. Part of the technical training will be position-specific (e.g. defender: passing, center midfield players: receiving to turn and strikers: finishing). The physical aspect of the game is key at this stage: endurance, strength and speed will be part of the weekly training routine. Players should be expected to show commitment to the team, concentration in training sessions and competitiveness during the game.