Capital Soccer Association

Player Development

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.


Upcoming Events

 Saturday am indoor youth training 11/01 - 12/13/2014 10:00 am
 January 2nd session indoor youth training for players age groups U5-U10 begin Saturday 01/10
 Micro training for players age groups U3-U4 Tuesday evenings begins  Tuesday 01/20
 Final indoor training session for U5-U10 players Saturday 12/13/2014
 Schedule to all indoor leagues -

 Register online for second session of all indoor leagues to be played in January and February

 Deadline 12/15/2014

Club Info

Phone Listing      Mailing Address:    Fields: 
Weather Line  (402) 434-6302    Capital Soccer Association    Abbott Soccer Complex 
Jackie Wagner  (Administrator)    P.O. Box 29435    7600 No. 70th 
Email   (402) 464-5425   Lincoln, NE 68529    Lincoln, NE

Field Status

Open Open

Abbott Indoor Fields (08:08 AM | 10/03/14)

Open Open

Abbott Sports Complex (08:08 AM | 10/03/14)