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Club Philosophy on Playing Style

Message from our Director of Coaching, Grant Heywood.

“Our Philosophy on Playing Style:
We at AYSO United South OC believe that all players should develop their technical skills to a proficient level that will take them to the next level of the game. We believe the playing style required to develop children to their maximal potential is that of a creative and purposeful possession-based playing style.

All teams of all ages should be encouraged to build out of the back, find the free player in midfield and combine to create chances. Players should be able to pass and receive in pressurized situations while feeling comfortable on the ball. If the ball is continually cleared down the field, the defense and midfield are bypassed, meaning they will not learn how to connect passes and attack with creativity.”

Our philosophy and principles of playing style are outlined within a soccer analysis video created by our director of coaching, Grant Heywood.

Principles of Play Analysis – Soccer (International Level – U10 Level)

“Achieving this style is achieved through well-structured practices. When constructing practices, coaches need to remember that soccer is a game of:

  • Communication and Awareness
  • Decision Making
  • Executing Decisions
  • Tactical insight develops awareness and is needed to provide the correct communication.
  • Game Insight is needed to make good decisions.
  • Soccer technique is needed to execute decisions.

All exercises should involve a ball and should be performed at a high tempo.”

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