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Developmental Academy U11 – U14 (ages 10-13)

Developmental Academy 

GIFC Developmental Academy is designed to develop the technical, physical, mental and emotional growth of young players. At this age and level, our coaching staff will place an emphasis on individual improvement within a team structure, instill proper methods on how to train and read the game and focus on developing the player to understand positions and roles in a game setting. This is a 10 month program that we offer both in the Fall and Spring.

 

The main focus of our Developmental Academy is to provide a competitive and challenging environment that will develop the player's technical and tactical skills, strength, speed, understanding and, most of all, prepare them for the next level of competitive soccer.

Training

 2 training sessions per week, 75 minute training
Training sessions will focus on 

  • Technical Priority- Overall Individual Ball Mastery (Dribbling, Passing, Receiving, and Shooting), Skill Development (Coordination & Movement)​

  • Tactical PriorityIndividual Skill Development and Team Development, Individual Confidence Building (1v1) Attacker/Defender, Combination Play.

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Games

 Most of our games will be played on Saturday mornings, at a variety of locations up to one hour drive away

  • Parents are responsible to get players to the game on time.

  • Players should be ready to warm up 30 mins before each game.

Playing Time Expectations:

  • Playing time is developmentally appropriate; players will play 50% of games 

  • More than 50% is earned.

 

Game play Methods:

  • ​9v9 (including GK)

  • Build-out-line to promote playing from the back and working through the thirds, with each player receiving more touches and more chances for decision making.