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Training Youth Players, 6 to 12 years old

On April 23 at 7:00 PM Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer will present a unique and much needed presentation to parents, club administrators and club coaches regarding moving forward with training youth players in the Zone One Age Group (ages six to twelve).

West Chester United, West Mont United, Rage Soccer Club, Spirit United, Nether Soccer, Penn Legacy and Yardley Makefield Soccer decided to act upon US Soccer’s goal of developing players and to under-emphasize the need for extra games, tournaments, cost, excessive travel and formed the Director’s Developmental Program.

This program presents a perspective that falls in place with most major soccer playing countries throughout the world and includes:
  1. Top level training from U8 through U 10 from the best coaches within the club.
  2. Few or no cuts for children within those ages. No designation of A, B or C teams even when training.
  3. No league play or playing for championships
  4. Cooperative play within clubs featuring small sided games from 4v4 to 8v8.
  5. Mixing of players within clubs when coming together for play days.
  6. A clear directive to parents regarding goals and expectations.
  7. All travel between matches is less than a one hour drive.
  8. A concise curriculum for children and coaches.
  9. No involvement with state cups at U9 or U10.
Directors of Coaching for all the Director’s Developmental Clubs will be available to answer questions from the audience after their presentation. The soccer landscape is changing dramatically and these clubs seem to have a direction that other clubs may want to imitate or borrow. The presentation will take place at the Double Tree Suites in Plymouth Meeting.

For a copy of the powerpoint that was given at this presentation, please click here.
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
4070 Butler Pike, Suite 100
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
P: 610.238.9966
F: 610.238.9933
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