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WOODBURN FC Player Development Philosophy

Our teams should be focused on teaching young players skills that can be used within the game; while teaching the game - Attacking, Defending and Transitioning.

Coaches will teach a possession based playing style which will maximize the amount of decisions and technical execution opportunities for young players. This will help develop players' ability to be autonomous players. 

Love of the Game 

At the very youngest of ages, players will first and foremost have FUN. While having FUN, player development sessions will focus on:

Ball Mastery Within the Attacking Phase

  • 1v1 core moves such as Cruyff, Pullbacks, Step-overs, Scissors, etc. to help unbalance defenders
  • Dribbling away from pressure - change of pace and direction
  • Dribbling with head up (on a swivel)
     away from pressure - change of pace and direction
    Dribbling with head up (on a swivel)


  • Shape references
  • Triangulation and Diamonds
  • Supporting the ball with triangles and diamonds
  • Space and Time references

Why This Approach? 

These skills are critical for players to learn at younger ages in building a solid foundation for their soccer future. If they want to move up the Player Pathway from Recreational to Select or Premier level soccer, they have to have the IQ and skills in order to accomplish their dream. This is why we will teach skill attainment within tactical references.



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