SELECT TEAM TRAINING
The Right Technique: Looking up and Seeing the Opportunities Ahead!
DCYFC emphasizes ball control and uses small spaces to teach players how to pass and move.
Training is devoted to improving your physical conditioning, tactical understanding, technical skills and mental awareness.
Ask any world class soccer player and they will tell you that small fields, maximum touches on the ball and tight spaces provided the stepping-stone to their skill development. Playing U9-U12 (2005-2008) on a field 100yards x 50yards is a disaster for teaching how the game should be played.
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The sports science data support a "sampling period" through at least age 12. Mike Joyner, a Mayo Clinic physician and human performance expert, would add vernal physical literacy-building to the the sports menu. Perhaps using padded gymnastics gyms for parkour, which is essentially running, climbing or vaulting on any obstacle one can find.
In addition to athletic diversity, kids' sports should be kid-size.
In Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup, kids are weaned on "futsal," a lightly structured and miniaturized form of soccer. Futsal is played on tiny patches of grass or concrete or on indoor courts and typically by teams of five players.
Players touch the ball up to five times as frequently as they do in traditional soccer, and the tighter playing area forces children to develop foot and decision-making skills under pressure.
A futsalization of youth sports generally would serve engagement, skill development and health.
Below is a short clip describing how and why the best Brazilian professional soccer players in the world including Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Romario and others played small-side games in their youth.
DCYFC is interested in attracting motivated and committed players who want to improve their skills and game understanding. If this is not the motivation then we suggest you continue to play on a Saturday recreation team.
We expect our Academy players to be focused and willing to train hard. These are the only criteria. There is no tryout process to join the Academy.
Training is conducted for 1 1/4 hours in NW DC. DCYFC has several field locations Training will consist of dribbling, passing, shooting, first touches, control, possession, small-side games and understanding/creating space.
Weekday training sessions will be a combination of skill development, physical conditioning and conducting training exercises that facilitate and reflect movements and motions needed to play soccer.
You are always welcome to attend a weekday or Sunday session to try us out.
For Academy players, weekday and sunday training is based on a progression of activities to build into a simulated game/scrimmage. At the U6 - U9 age group, the emphasis is on three v three scrimmages including playing possession. At the older age groups, we'll begin to incorporate more advanced techniques and expand the scrimmage size.
Through our experiences with the DC Youth Futbol Club and First Touch Soccer (www.FirstTouchSoccer.og), we want to focus the 6-9 age group on skill development and small-side games. It is uncommon to see this age group play a cohesive, ball movement, move to space soccer match. This is why we refrain from organizing a league at this age group.
Knows where the defender is -- did a stepover and takes the ball in the opposite direction with the outside of left foot. NICE!
If you believe your daughter/son is capable to play at a more advanced level, we would welcome the player to tryout for a 2009 boys or girls team. The competitive league which DCYFC enrolls in allows players to play two years up.
DCYFC consists of both "Select' teams and a "Development Academy" to promote skill development and game understanding. Our goal is to create skillful soccer players capable of playing at a higher level.
We are unaware of any European or South American Development Academy that conducts one or two days of training for 100 players and chooses them for a "select" team. All of the great academies around the world scout players, watch them on the street, in the park, in pick-up games, at camps, in recreation games and in other situations and then invite them to come and train at the Academy.
We have watched enough players in the Washington area to recognize desire, motivation and talent. We'll improve upon those qualities and give you a chance to demonstrate your commitment.
Parents come to us and say "My son/daughter is a good defender, or has a big kick." While we appreciate the supportive nature of it, it doesn't fulfill the core elements of a soccer player. Our training method is to focus on ball control, dribbling and passing ability and shooting with proper technique. If you gain these skills then it will not matter if it is a defender, midfield or attacking position.
Each position requires you to learn a different set of skills. The skills you learn at each position will improve your overall soccer knowledge and lead you to play comfortably in all positions.