Community Programs

 

Mill Woods Soccer follows the Long Term Player Development model for our athletes. This plan is designed to give players an optimal soccer experience at every stage by putting their needs front and centre.

Canada Soccer Pathway – LTPD CanadaSoccerPathway_LTPDCommunityGuide_EN

 


ACTIVE START (U4 TO U7)

Our grassroots program follows Canada Soccer and FIFA endorsed Preferred Training Model. This is the Long Term Player Development. Each training session is divided into 2, the first part of the session focuses on skills and drills stations, then the second part of the session allows players the opportunity to play a mini game. The object is focusing on General Movement; Coordination; Soccer Technique; and Small-side Games.  Focus will be building a foundation of the love of the game.

Game Format

  • U5 4 v4
  • U7 5v5
  • 60 minute sessions

FUNDAMENTALS (U9)

Our grassroots program follows Canada Soccer and FIFA endorsed Preferred Training Model. This is the Long Term Player Development. Each training session focusses on Soccer Technique, trainability, speed, flexibility and Small-side Games.  Focus will be building a foundation of physical literacy and the love of the game.

This is also the age group that players may choose to tryout for the more competitive club stream which also focuses on development for these age groups.

More emphasis in the training session will be on small-sided games.

Game Format:

  • 7 v 7
  • 60 minutes (2 x 30 minute halves)

LEARN TO TRAIN (U11)

Our Developmental program follows Canada Soccer and FIFA endorsed Preferred Training Model. It is a balanced program where players of all ability skill levels are challenged and developed. Focus on tactical and environmental awareness, encouraging decision making and self critical game play.

This is also the age group that players may choose to tryout for the more competitive club stream which also focuses on development for these age groups.

Game Format:

  • Outdoor – 8 v 8, Indoor – 7 v 7
  • Outdoor 70 minutes (2 x 35 minute halves), Indoor 60 minutes

SOCCER FOR LIFE (U13+)

Birth years (2009 to 2003)

Our focus for this age group is on the Long Term Player Development Model. This is for all players who want either recreational or competitive level. Players can be newcomers to the sport just taking an interest now or long time players.

Players at this age group have many options to remain physically active in sport, from school leagues, camps, recreational leagues, and competitive leagues. At this age group we want to allow for flexibility for an athlete to participate in all activities while focusing on refining their skills. These age groups will further learn about disciplined game warm ups, cool downs, nutrition, strength, stability, sportsmanship, agility and speed.

Game Format:

  • Outdoor U13 – 80 minute games (2 x 40 minute halves)
  • Outdoor U15 to U19 – 90 minutes game (2 x 45 minute halves)
  • Indoor U13 to U19 7V7 – 60 minute game