Club's blueprint for development crucial for younger players
With all the attention the older FC Alliance teams receive for their state championships and college placements, it is often easy to overlook the original building blocks to their success: the younger program. Many current college commitments started with FC Alliance coaches and directors at a young age and ultimately their patience and commitment eventually paid huge dividends. For years, they were guided and developed properly, moving up club ranks from small-sided to full-sided play. This success over time has allowed the club to develop a blueprint for player development: a proven path of coaching to turn the youngest players into elite college prospects. The club proudly touts the development plan as proven with data to support it. “We don’t tell you what we are going to do, we show you what we have already done” has become a new motto.
So when is the right age to start with FC Alliance? As early as possible is the correct answer. With a revamped format based entirely on the principles which were used with the older teams when they were young, the club unveiled the new Alliance Development Centers this season with much success. Many teams and players instantly improved. The ADC program brings the same exercises, drills, games and philosophies used with past success stories to players in the present. The idea is to provide current young players with the exact same training the current college prospects received when they were young. The curriculum is progressive and develops players exactly the way the club’s older coaches need them to be when they advance to the higher age groups. Missing a year or two of the curriculum isn’t the end of the world, but it is a major advantage to get into the program as soon as possible.
With all the emphasis on player development, FC Alliance is also careful to balance training with fun and the continual growth of a player’s passion for the game. After all, younger players need to smile and laugh, as well. The club’s emphasis is on coaching with a positive demeanor and making sure practice consists of an abundance of game play.
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