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Highlanders Program Overview

The Highlander Program is Piedmont Soccer Club’s competitive level program for U8 – U15 players looking to receive high level coaching from our professional coaches and trainees from 24-7 UK Soccer Academy.

The Highlander program covers three phases of development:

U8 Academy (Introductory Phase)

The U8 Academy plays games in the regional 4v4 (plus GK) league and practices twice a week, with a professional trainer in a pooled style session. Games are monitored by Volunteer Coaches and the players are encouraged to ‘just play’ in the games, with the coaching done on the practice field and all the focus placed on individual ball mastery.

U9 – U12 (Technical Phase)

The U9 – U12 Phase is broken up into two steps, with U9-10 playing 7v7 and the U11-12 playing 9v9. We provide a fun environment for our young players to enjoy and learn the game. Players will be introduced to the key aspects of soccer broken down into four key pillars of technical, tactical, physical and psychosocial.

All teams are assigned a Professional Coach to work with throughout the season and who will run practice and oversee games on the weekends.

While working with our players in the technical phases our key concept is to provide a fun and challenging environment where we can develop and grow our young players socially and athletically for their pivot into the tactical phase.

U13 – U15 (Tactical Phase)

U13 – U15 is where we move onto the ‘big field’ and the game becomes more advanced, with coaches introducing systems of play, as well as a style to suit the team and their level of play. A Professional Coach will take charge of the team, running all practices and games throughout the season.

U16 – U19 (Competition Phase)

See our FC13 Overview for more information.

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