There are limited spots available for our Academy!
If you have a child that excels at soccer this is the program for him or her. If your child is 6 or 7 years old, or a stronger 5 year old (U6), and you WANT MORE for him or her, please fill out the contact form below.
U8 Curriculum – What is the program?
Goal Oriented Actions with The Ball
The U8 and U7 age group is in Stage 1 of Development which is described as Mastery of the Ball (Skills) and Dominating the 1v1. The main emphasis will be when “we” have the ball (offense). There will be little emphasis on coaching when “they” have the ball (defense) with the main goal being to get the ball back.
THE MAIN TECHNICAL EMPHASIS WILL BE ON DRIBBLING AND COMFORT WITH A BALL AT BOTH FEET.
The main objective within the curriculum is to develop soccer personalities while having players emulate their favorites. Games will be played using the Region 3 and 4 “New Ball Method” whereby a new ball is added by coaches when the ball goes out or a goal is scored. This “continuous play” method increases touches and experience much faster than traditional game day methods where kids are STATIC and standing more. Teams play in a 4 v 4 format / 5 v 5 format.
Like Ajax and Barcelona, the TIPS program is emphasized:
Technique: Teach and develop juggling, dribbling, running with the ball , 1vs1 attacking, some short passing, and scoring with both sides of the body.
Insight: Teach 1vs1 offense and a basic understanding of roles and positions. Strategy and tactics will be based on the individual and very basic in both “we” have the ball (offense) and “they” have the ball (defense).
Personality: Emphasize having fun with a desire to compete, while developing players who have respect toward the sport, teammates, coaches and opponents. Players will be encouraged to have “confidence” with the ball and to make things happen with skill – “not be afraid to make mistakes”.
Speed: Teach psycho motor skills and general coordination both with and without the ball and teach all necessary movements needed for technical skill development.
The U8 Program will be open to up to 30 players. The entire group will train 2 to 3 times per week at the same time and location (academy style). Players will benefit by being coached by all U8 Academy coaches and volunteers led by Coach Brian.
Teams will be formed on a need by need basis with no set rosters.
Teams will assemble to play scrimmages, in NorCal play dates, and in the regional league (if applicable).
U8 ACADEMY PROGRAM Philosophy
The AFC U8 program provides quality development in the Tracy area for players who desire to build a strong foundation for playing competitive soccer. The U8 and U7 Program is designed to create an exciting environment that will motivate players to develop technical ability and foster a passion for soccer.
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All are invited to visit and play. Though there may be a recreational component the Academy is for players and parents passionate and committed to excel at soccer. This is a fun and nurturing environment to learn and play, but this is NOT typical recreational soccer. The Academy is serious about age appropriate FUN, and serious about age appropriate LEARNING. Parents and children are expected to be at practice often and show a high level of commitment if they want to be part of the Academy.
To get started, fill out the information below or TEXT Coach Brian at (925) 580-4506. For girls TEXT Arturo at (415) 533-6114.
“… enjoyment must come first. That’s the basis for all our coaching. If they don’t have fun, we don’t do it. We don’t make them run in mud just because it’ll make them stronger.”
Jan Olde Riekerink, Head of Youth Development – AFC AJAX in Holland
“I do everything through instinct, I play like a child … I think about myself on a small field, or in the street, I see myself with the ball in the same way as I am now. I have not changed at all. You must remember soccer is a game to have fun and you play for that. I don’t plan or anticipate my play.”
Lionel Messi – Barcelona
“I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result
of a love affair between the child and the ball”
– Manfred Schellscheidt
“If we concentrated less on results at an early age, and more on technical development, and this idea of kids falling in love with the game, they would be much better off …”
John Hackworth, Philadelphia Union, coach and youth development coordinator
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”
– Confucius, Chinese philosopher
“If you have to win games, the coach is going to manage to win the game instead of developing the player. In my opinion it should be totally opposite. Sometimes you put your strongest player on the bench just to let others shine. Or you put a right-footed player who can’t do anything with his left on the left side and force him to use his left foot. Of course in that game you will probably lose because you don’t use your strongest players in their strongest position, but in the end you have a player who used his left foot when he was 12 and 13 and 14, and he can use both feet when he comes into the first team. That’s what we have at Ajax and I really stand behind that.”