Posted Aug 26, 2017

US Youth Soccer NEW Player Development Model

US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the release of the Player Development Model, which provides a curriculum for clubs just like us, from the Under-6 to Under-19 age groups. The curriculum is designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer's 55 member State Associations and more than 5,500 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.

US Youth Soccer Player Development Model:

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US Soccer Curriculum (ZONE 1: 9-12)

The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States, concentrating on  creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for the players.  

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Developmental Travel, U9-U12

Sixteen Steps To Increased Learning, Fun and Retention

It has been  well established that at least seventy percent of all youth quit organized sports by U13. When seeking a solution it must be noted that it is not what we are doing at U13 that poses the problem but what players have experienced prior to that (at U9 through U12). Clearly something is broken and many feel that, with improvements, we should be able to get that figure under fifty percent. ((Click here)

Player Training Priorities:

Players U6-U19: The Technical Department of YYSA / Crossfire is pleased to announce comprehensive Training Priorities for all our players from U6 to U19. Coaches from Recreation to Travel can click on the attachment to find out what priorities should be taught at specific ages in the child’s soccer development. It is extremely important that we develop players by design and not by error. And by following these Training Priorities we are ensuring that the players learn aspects of the game when they are physically, emotionally and psychologically ready to do so. ((Click here)