Fredericksburg FC

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FFC U5-U8 Academy Philosophy

U5-U8 ACADEMY STRUCTURE

FFC Player Development Structure for Ages 5-6

The Fredericksburg FC is focused on the development of players at the youngest of ages.  We have recently restructured our programming to provide all players, Age 8 and Under, with a tailored soccer experience and path that best fits your child’s level of interest and family’s commitment.

U5/6 PRE-ACADEMY:

This start point leads to all levels within FFC. This level is appropriate for the most competitive players and also players looking for a structured recreational level learning environment.  The academy is coached and organized by Fredericksburg FC Professional Coaching Staff, who run all Training & Games.  After the U5/6 Pre-Academy, players will have the opportunity to tryout for our U8 Academy which is tailored for more competitive players or continue with the U8 Recreation Program which is the Intraclub League focused on playing and fundamentals.  There are no Tryouts for the U8 Recreation.  

ADDITIONAL U5/U6 PRE-ACADEMY PROGRAM DETAILS

Vision and Purpose: The Fredericksburg Football Club U5/6 Pre-Academy Program is a true introduction to the Foundation of the Club. The Vision and Purpose is to provide and create a fun learning environment, where players can experiment and build a passion for the game of Soccer. Players will learn key Technical Skills, Basic Motor Skills, and Social Skills that will allow them to build a foundation for the future.

Emphasis and Curriculum: The Emphasis and Concepts of the Program are based around the Technical, Physical and Psychosocial Skills required at the U5/6 Age Groups. The Program is designed to develop these skills within appropriate size Training Sessions and Small Sided Games. The Player to Coach Ratio of each Session and Small Sided Game is appropriate to fulfill the needs and attention that players require at this age.

The Curriculum has been built by Fredericksburg Football Club's Technical Director of Coaching, David Shaw, and The Academy Staff consists of current and future Coaches on the Travel side of the Club. The goal of the Curriculum is to build a sound foundation for the player by the time they leave the Program at U6 for the U8 Academy Program.

Training and Game Format: All Training and Games will be instructed and overseen by Fredericksburg Football Club Academy Professional Coaching Staff.

FFC Player Development Structure for Ages 7-8

U7/U8 ACADEMY:

The FFC Youth Academy is geared for more committed players and families who are looking towards becoming part of the Select/Travel Program in the future. Players are selected for the U8 Academy through a tryout process which is similar to the Travel program. This level will build upon the skills introduced in the U5/U6 Pre-Academy while continuing to create an environment where players can develop and grow their passion for soccer.  All training and games will be instructed and overseen by Fredericksburg FC Academy Coaching Staff.   If you wish to be considered for the U8 Academy, you will need tryout.  If selected for the Academy, training will take place two nights a week with one game on Saturdays.   Players who are not selected for the U8 Academy program are encouraged to sign-up for Recreation and try-out for the program next season.  This program also includes Cross-Over Matches and ScrimmageFests against other travel clubs, which is used an an introduction to healthy competitive environment.

Vision and Purpose:  The Fredericksburg Football Club U8 Academy Program is designed for ages 7-8, which is a progressive environment from the U5/6 Pre-Academy Program. Players that have experienced the U5/6 Academy are best positioned for the U8 Academy. Just like the U5/6 Pre-Academy Program, the Vision and Purpose is to provide and create a fun learning environment, where players can experiment and build a passion for the game of Soccer. Players will continue to learn the key Technical, Social, Basic Motor Skills from the U5/6 Academy Program, but now will also be able to build and enhance those Skills to prepare for the transition into the U9 Travel Program at the Club. 

Emphasis and Curriculum:  The Emphasis and Concepts of the Program are based around the Technical, Physical and Psychosocial Skills required at the U7/8 Age Groups. The Program is still designed to develop these skills within appropriate size Training Sessions and Small Sided Games, but now with higher demands from the Coaching Staff and the environment itself.

The Curriculum has been built by Fredericksburg Football Club's Technical Director of Coaching, David Shaw, and The Academy Staff consists of current and future Coaches on the Travel side of the Club. The Curriculum follows on from what players have already began learning in the U5/6 Pre-Academy, but with the new formats and templates to help continue to challenge the players, as well as allowing them the repetition to be successful at this age.

Training and Game Format:  All Training and Games will be instructed and overseen by Fredericksburg Football Club Academy Professional Coaching Staff. Games and ScrimmageFests will be coordinated with other outside travel clubs to help introduce the travel commitment and demands to both the players and families.

 

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