Developing players is both an art and a science. During these Foundation years, we strive to have consistency of message along with good, energetic coaching, with an eye for the technical details, demonstration. We look to develop the player both technically and tactically which will successfully lead the player into the next phase of their development in our Developmental Academy teams.
“These are very important years for player development and we put great effort and thought into how we can best serve these young players. We are looking for each player to continue to gain a superb level of ‘comfort on the ball’, confidence in the 1 vs 1 situation, and the ability to receive, pass and provide support and begin to value ball possession. We strive to have a distinct and consistent playing style and ball possession is a key theme. At this age it vital for the young player to begin to learn the “value of the ball” and to begin to learn how to play within a group of players and as a team that also collectively values possession-based soccer. Our goal is much more than winning a soccer game; our goal is to develop intelligent, creative, highly-aware, team-oriented players who are excellent passers of the ball. We want to illuminate some joyful insights into the game and how it can be played in a special way.”
Kane Coyle, Director of Foundation Development