ASA’s soccer program is structured over 10+ months of training and continued development as opposed to one or two seasons per year. ASA players are introduced to the highest level of club-like competition and tournament play.
ASA’s soccer program has defined age-specific workloads and training programs to ensure that players have a clear pathway to progress through the program and maximize their potential. Training incorporates team field sessions with an emphasis on decision making and tactical game management, individual development plan sessions and team building, and games or scrimmages.
Coaches focus on developing the player through holistic training that includes positive decision making, accountability, and a commitment to excellence. Each player within the program is competitive and develops key skills such as game insight and the ability to read plays, as well as position-specific qualities.
Training includes position-specific instruction as well as team strategies and foundational tactics, speed of play, and proactive thinking on the field. Skills such as strength and conditioning, communication skills, and leadership are also emphasized throughout the year to ensure each player is achieving their potential.
If you’re the parent of a young soccer player, but you never played soccer yourself, you may be confused by all the different types of youth soccer programs, including recreational, academy, select — and for older kids, high school teams.
You don’t want your child to be unhappy or uncomfortable by signing them up for the wrong program. So how do you choose the one that’s best suited for your child’s abilities and goals? To make your decision, it’s important to have an understanding of the differences among recreational, academy and select soccer. We’ll also explain how high school teams come into play.