Highlanders Program Overview
The Highlander Program is Piedmont Soccer Club’s competitive level program for U8 – U12 players looking to receive high level coaching from our professional coaches from 24-7 UK Soccer Academy.
The Highlander program covers three phases of development:
Professionally coached ran sessions for players U7-U8, with assistance from Volunteer coaches. The focus here is on the dominance of the ball, ensuring players are enjoying the game, developing their fundamental movement skills as well as their technique and ball mastery. Regarding games, player will be involved in playdates which will be a 4v4 or 5v5 format. On top of this players have the option to play in a 7v7 developmental league to prepare for the U9-U10 phase. Within these games players are encouraged to ‘’just play’’ and let the game be the teacher.
U9-U10 (7v7 Technical phase)
In the U9-U10 phase (7v7 playing format) we provide a fun environment for our young players to enjoy and learn the game. Ensuring we are looking at challenging our players with the four key pillars always in mind technical, tactical, physical and psychosocial. It is important we have tactical elements of the game in all practice sessions, but the main aspect is technique 75% with tactical 25%. It is important players are understanding the correct technique used and why they are using/performing this technique or skill in the right situation.
With addition in the 7v7 format the build out line is implicated. Please check in with your coach to grab an explanation on this!
U11-U12 (9v9 Technical/Tactical phase)
We now start to introduce more tactics into the game in the U11-U12 Phase, the playing format moves to 9v9, the field size increases along with the goals and the build out line is taken away. More systems of play will be put into use, with the most common being 1-3-2-3. A style of play starts to become more proficient, therefore it is important players are starting to come more competent with tactics and reading of the game. This again will all link back into the four key pillars of development.