Curriculum

TSA has a long term player development curriculum which are covered in the following stages:

Stage 1

Active Start (First Kicks)

Individual – Me and My Ball

This stage concerns U4 to U6 girls and boys. It is an introductory stage whose objective is to get players moving and to keep them active. No competitive games should be involved. The technical requirements are simply encouraging players to play with the ball by kicking, dribbling, and shooting.

Stage 2

FUNdamentals (Fun with the ball)

Me, the ball and my friend

This stage concerns U6 to U8 females and U6 to U9 males. Coaches should create a stimulating learning environment about “freedom and fun”. Technical development focuses on getting a feel for the ball when receiving, passing, dribbling, kicking, and shooting.

Stage 3

Learning to train (The golden age of learning)

The Start of Us

This stage concerns U8 to U11 females and U9 to U12 males. This stage is the optimal window for developing of speed, flexibility, and technical skills. It is also an important time to teach basics principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline.

Stage 4

Training to train (Identifying the elite player)

Us – The Critical Transition Period

This stage concerns U11 to U15 females and U12 to U16 males. This stage involves making increasing demands on developing stamina, strength, concentration, and mental toughness. Learning playing tactics becomes important. Technical instruction introduces advanced techniques to those players who are capable, and the skills are presented within a more complex environment with position-specific emphasis.

Stage 5

Training to compete (Developing the elite player)

Us – The Formal Phase

This stage concerns U15 to U19 females and U16 to U20 males. This stage involves players working to gain more game maturity as they learn to perform skills under a variety of competitive conditions. Players should acquire emotional stability when confronted with pressure situations.

Stage 6

Training to win (Building the best player)

Us – Realization of the team game leading to an adult style team

This stage concerns U18+ females and U19+ males. The majority of a player’s physical, technical, tactical, and psychological qualities should now be fully established. The focus of training becomes the optimization of performance and the maximization of all capacities.

Active for life (Soccer for health)

This stage concerns adults. Some players may play recreational soccer; others may play for premier/pro teams; and still others may stop playing. Non-players and working professionals are encouraged to join our specially designed program in which the game format and training approach are adapted to suit their level of play. Fitness coupled with fun.