Long Term Player Development

At the forefront of our player development model is the desire for young children to develop a love for the game of soccer. From U5-U11 practices should focus on small-sided games that are designed to build player confidence and develop soccer relevant skills. We encourage kids to be multiple sport athletes and to try as many sports as they can.

Drills that are not game-centered should be avoided. The three L's (Laps, Lines and Lectures) should not be a part of any of your training sessions. Our measure of success is not based on games won or goals scored. We must look at the big picture and measure our success on how many kids develop a love for this great game and how many return each season.

Imagine you are watching a group of children playing at a park. Do you see parents dictating play? Probably not. Why then do parents and coaches feel the need to direct play on the soccer field? Kids MUST be allowed to make their own decisions on the field. Yes, they will make mistakes, but that is a part of life. Life, and soccer, is all about making mistakes and learning to deal with them. When you tell a child what to do during a game, whether it be soccer, or basketball, you have removed their ability to make the decision and have made it for them. This is not a good enviroment for learning.

Please take a look at some of the videos on the right hand side of this page to help you gain a better understaning of our player development model.

Player Development Pathway

Development of Young Players
Rethinking player development
FA Respect Campaign