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PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHASES

 

LEVEL 1

FUN-DAMENTAL PHASE

(U3 & ABOVE)

  • Recreational and Developmental Academy

    • Make the game fun - create lifelong soccer players, fans, enthusiasts

    • General Soccer principles 

    • Play-Based learning environment 

    • Ball-Centered organization

    • Motor skill development 

    • Technical Skill foundation

LEVEL 2

DEVELOPMENT PHASE I

(U8 & ABOVE)

  • Developmental Academy & Select Academy 

    • Make the game fun - create lifelong soccer players, fans, enthusiasts

    • Training Environment Focused (Learning how to train)

      • Guided 

      • Individual 

    • Individual Tactics 

      • 1v1 and 2v1 

    • Players should be playing multiple positions to

      • Avoid specialization

    • Majority of training is in opposed environment 

LEVEL 3

DEVELOPMENT PHASE II

(U11 & ABOVE)

  • Select Academy

    • Keep the game fun - create lifelong soccer players, fans, enthusiasts

    • Elevated Training Standards

    • Group Tactics 

      • Small group tactics 

      • Connecting lines

    • Introduction of club style of play and systems of play

    • Numbers up and Numbers down situations to cultivate problem solving

    • Players should be playing multiple positions to 

      • Identify player strengths relative to position profiles

      • Develop a greater understanding of systems of play

      • Avoid specialization

    • All training should be in opposed environment 

LEVEL 4

TACTICAL PHASE

(U13 & ABOVE)

  • Post-Academy Select

    • Keep the game fun - create lifelong soccer players, fans, enthusiasts

    • Optimal Training standards 

    • Team Tactics

      • Small group tactics interacting with other small groups

      • Connecting all 3 lines

    • 11v11 integration of club style and systems of play

    • Numbers up and Numbers down situations to sharpen problem solving 

 

LEVEL 5

COMPETITION PHASE 

(U15-U19)

  • Showcase & Select

    • Keep the game fun - create lifelong soccer players, fans, enthusiasts

    • Aspirational Training Standards

    • Winning and Development goals 

    • Small group tactics interacting with other small groups to create or solve Numbers up and Numbers down situations 

    • Full 11v11 and situational integration of club style and systems of play