AGE GROUP PRIORITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

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U9-U10

The U9 age group is the first year of competitive soccer within Delaware FC. Therefore each training session will focus on building a strong individual foundation of skill by developing good training habits and working on the technical aspects of the game in 7 v 7 format.

Fall and Spring Program

  • Team Preseason Academy
    • 2021 August  16th-20th
    • Monday-Thursday
    • 5:00-8:00
  • Teams will train two times per week with a professional trainer and 6-8 Friday "free play" sessions, per season. Technical warm up followed by free play (3v3, 4v4, 5v5, 7v7). Lead by Delaware FC training staff.
  • The team will play in local leagues, scrimmages or play days. 6-8 games, per season
  • 4-6 Tournaments during full year. 8-10 tournament games, per season.

*Registration cost Spring/Fall covers: Spring and Fall Field usage, admin fees, Fall light rentals, equipment, training staff, Game play (tournaments, leagues, other), referees, insurance, etc

Winter Program

  • Training 2-3 hours per week with Delaware FC Professional trainer.
  • Game play - 6-8 games (tournaments, leagues, other)

*Registration cost (Winter) covers: Gym rental fee, game play (tournaments or other), training staff, admin fees, equipment (balls/goals, bibs) insurance, etc.

Developmental Priorities:

High Priorities:

  • Make every player technically confident on the ball with both feet
  • Develop good training habits
  • Make training fun and competitive
  • Dribbling to develop the function of moves

Low Priority:

  • Finishing
  • Receiving balls out of the air

Player Expectations:

  • Players confident enough to take risks with the ball in training and game situations
  • Control ball and play with purpose to dribble, pass or shot.
  • 25 juggles in one minute
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U11

The U11 age group continues the training priorities created in the U10 age group. However, the main focus of this age group is the 1v1 dual between players. High pressure will be introduced earlier in the sessions. Players will participate in an 9 v 9 format.

Fall, Winter Spring Program

  • Team Preseason Academy
    • 2021 August  16th-20th
    • Monday-Thursday
    • 5:00-8:00
  • Teams will train two times per week with a professional trainer. 3rd night of training will be available 6-8 sessions, per season (Fall/Spring).
  • Winter program is included as part of team diet
  • The team will play in local leagues, scrimmages or play days. 6-10 games, per season
  • 8-10 Tournaments during full year. 8-10 tournament games, per season.

*Registration cost covers: Spring and Fall Field usage, Winter facility rentals, admin fees, Fall light rentals, training staff, Game play (tournaments, leagues, other), referees, equipment, insurance, etc

Developmental Priorities:

High Priorities:
• Advanced Dribbling to beat the defender
• Passing/receiving - 1st touch
• Finishing

Low Priority
• Receiving balls out of the air

Player Expectations:

• Passing/receiving for distance
• Striking the ball with both feet
• 50 juggles in one minute

U12

The U12 age group is an overlap of the U11 age group and every session will encompass the continued development of individual skill on the ball. However, the main focus is the introduction of play within small groups. Playing format is 9 v 9.

Fall, Winter Spring Program

  • Team Preseason Academy
    • 2021 August  16th-20th
    • Monday-Thursday
    • 5:00-8:00
  • Teams will train two times per week with a professional trainer. 3rd night of training will be available 6-8 sessions, per season (Fall/Spring).
  • Winter program is included as part of team diet
  • The team will play in local leagues, scrimmages or play days. 6-10 games, per season
  • 9-10 Tournaments during full year. 10-12 tournament games, per season.

*Registration cost covers: Spring and Fall Field usage, Winter facility rentals, admin fees, Fall light rentals, training staff, Game play (tournaments, leagues, other), referees, equipment, insurance, etc

Developmental Priorities:

High Priorities:

  • Passing/receiving and striking the ball (for distance, crossing; flighted balls)
  • Combination play (2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 3v3) when to pass vs when to dribble
  • Small Group Defending - Lose it get it back; everyone attacks everyone defends
  • Communication

Low Priority:

  • Possession with a purpose
  • Penetration and shape
  • Making the field bigger with longer passes and movement of the ball

Player Expectations:

  • Hit and receive a driven ball
  • 75 juggles in one minute
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U13

At the U13 Age Group there is still an emphasis on small group play. However, it begins a simple introduction to larger group play. The playing format is 11v11 at this age group.

High Priorities:

  • Possession with a purpose (as a means to an end)
  • Penetration Play
  • Attacking Shape
  • Advanced combination play (short-short-long, up-back-thru, 3rd man runs).
  • Defending Shape

Low Priority:

  • Changing the Point of Attack
  • Attacking Rhythm of Play
  • Speed of Play

U14+

At the U14 Age Group, the focus is now squarely upon large group play and finding success within the full game (11v11). While individual player development is still important, the roles within the team and overall team development has now come to the forefront.

High Priorities:

  • Rhythm of Play
  • Speed of Play
  • Large Group Defensive Tactics (high pressure, low pressure, pressing)
  • Advanced combination play

Low Priority:

  • Zonal Defending
  • Playing in Thirds of the Field

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  • High School prep - Develop and prepare players for success on High School teams
  • College pathway - Provide guidance and tools to assist players in College selection process. Valuable even if decide not to play in College.
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