Winning is everything in soccer…or is it? Of course winning is important in soccer. After all, you want a competitive team that can go as far as possible in all competitions. But when it comes to kids between the ages of 10-14 in particular, I believe that player and team development is far more valuable to the learning experience than simply winning a game.
There’s a danger in assuming your passion and skill will take you where you want to go. I’ve seen players upon players who have the quality to become a professional simply fizzle out into the background. This isn’t true for all cases, but definitely for the majority of cases. Most players are looking for a map: here’s how you train, here’s where…
The Ontario Soccer Association has taken a step in the right towards putting a greater emphasis on player development at the youth level. Changes will be mandatory at youth level soccer for 2014.
Mandatory implementation for the 2014 season include the following:
* No promotion and relegation from U12 and below