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Spring 2022 Travel (U9-U15) Registration is closed. Rec (Tots- 2nd Grade) Registrations are now closed!

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OVERVIEW 

Welcome to the Weston Soccer Development Academy (“Academy”), your child’s first step into competitive soccer

representing the town of Weston. The Weston Soccer Club, Inc., (“WSC”) is pleased that you have chosen to participate in

our program, and we hope that you and your child will enjoy the experience and gain valuable knowledge about the game.
 

WSC believes that the establishment of a strong training program with a formal curriculum for young players is the

necessary first step in ensuring that all of our players learn the skills they need to be successful on the soccer field.

The creation of the Academy mirrors on a smaller scale the efforts of the U.S. Soccer Federation, which recently appointed

Claudio Reyna to the post of national Youth Technical Director with the directive of creating curricula for young players.

The concept behind the Academy is also reflective of youth academies that have been established by major professional

clubs around the world.

 

The Academy will span your child’s U9 and U10 years and is designed to help develop the individual soccer

player by building confidence through a fun and challenging environment. Before this season starts, please be aware that

winning is NOT everything, and the only GOALS that count are the individual goals set by the coach. Like all youth

academies around the world, the Weston Soccer Development Academy emphasizes development of the individual player’s

skills and confidence with the ball.
 

Once again, welcome to Weston Soccer Club and its Development Academy, and we hope that you enjoy many years of

happy soccer in Weston.

 


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U9 and U10 Information

New Fall 2017 U9 and U10 Game Size and Roster Caps:  Beginning in Fall 2017, pursuant to CJSA mandate, U9 and U10 teams will play in 7 vs. 7 small-sided games with two 25-minute halves, and team game rosters will be capped at 12 players.  Because of this roster cap, where it is skill-appropriate, children may be placed on a team one age-group higher. It is the intention of WSC to offer a skill-appropriate roster position to every U9-U15 player who registers and pays in full by the seasonal registration deadline.


U9:
Practices will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, and games will be played on Sundays, as scheduled by
our travel league, the Southwest District (SWD) of CJSA.

The U9 teams will be balanced for both the fall and spring seasons, with new teams being formed in
the spring so that all players get the chance to play with different players. Whenever possible, two
teams will be encouraged, but if the numbers are too low for multiple teams and too many for one team,
where it is skill-appropriate, players may be placed on a team one age-group higher. There will be no tryouts or cuts for the Academy, so every child interested in soccer will play and learn.

All U9 Academy players must not exceed U9 years of age in accordance with CJSA guidelines (please see the CJSA Age Group Requirements Chart found under the Travel tab).  Therefore, all players in the Academy will practice and play together according to age and not grade.

Any 3rd grade student who will be too old to play U9 Academy soccer when attending 3rd grade in
school can play U10 Academy soccer (below).

Every U9 player will receive a player evaluation form written by his/her coach at the end of both the
fall and spring seasons. The evaluation forms will be reviewed by the coach with both the player and
his/her parents/guardians.

U9 CURRICULUM
The fall curriculum is designed to encourage players to be comfortable with the ball and to be able to use a
series of moves that will enable them to avoid a challenge, change direction or get past an opposing player.
To help achieve these goals, the coach will run 1v1 and 2v1 drills during practices, as this helps encourage
players to keep the ball rather than pass. By the end of the fall season, Academy players will be
comfortable dribbling and should be able to execute at least two of the moves during a competitive game.

The spring curriculum is designed to continue developing the individual’s techniques. To aid this
development ten minutes will be allocated at the beginning of every session for juggling practice, with the
player with the most juggles being announced by e-mail to the whole team or by being posted on the
Weston Soccer Club website. The competitive element of juggling will encourage the kids to practice with
the ball more and, in turn, help them with their first touch and control.

U10:
Practices will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, and games will be played on Sundays, as scheduled
by SWD CJSA
.

The U10 teams will be balanced for both the fall and spring seasons, with new teams being formed in
the spring so that all players get the chance to play with different players. As in U9, whenever
possible, two or three teams will be encouraged; but if the numbers are too low for multiple teams and too
many for one team, then a game rotation system will be employed. There will be no tryouts or cuts for the
Academy, so every child interested in soccer may continue to play and develop.

All U10 Academy players must not exceed U10 years of age in accordance with CJSA guidelines (please see the CJSA Age Group Requirements Chart found under the Travel tab). Therefore, all players in the Academy will practice and play together according to age and not grade.

Every U10 player will receive a total of three written player evaluations, completed by their
respective coaches and reviewed with player and parent/guardians present.
The first evaluation will occur at the end of the fall season. The second evaluation will be completed at the
beginning of the spring season so the player has a chance to work on improving the areas highlighted by the
coach before the final evaluation. The third and final evaluation will be completed near the end of the
spring season.


U10 CURRICULUM
As the Academy players enter their second year, more emphasis is placed on understanding the roles and
demands of positions on the field. Learning how to defend and how to use different parts of your body to
play the game is essential at this age.
 

During their final season, U10 Academy players will focus on how to possess the ball as a team.
Working on getting open and looking for space when not in possession of the ball will be the main
coaching point during this season.
 

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