ELITE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Alabama Soccer Association
Assistant Technical Director
EPD Program Coordinator
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Mission: The Elite Player Development program is a precursor to the Olympic Development Program (ODP) designed to offer elite male and female youth soccer players aged 9-12 years old additional training to compliment the training they receive within their club. The EPD program offers an opportunity for the Alabama Soccer Association staff to become familiar with and train some of Alabama’s upcoming talent. The emphasis is on individual player development, with specific attention on technical growth.
- To encourage individual player development through technical skills training (juggling will be included in every session)
- To teach each player basic goalkeeper skill development to include handling, shot stopping, and distribution
- Teach individual and small group tactics based on the foundations of the Principles of Play, (Attacking, defending, transition)
- To foster an environment for competitive players to seek additional training with like minded players
- To promote the game of soccer here in Alabama by supporting local colleges and universities and by developing coaches within the US Soccer Curriculum
Program: The regionalized training sessions will be ~1.5 hours long and will be based on US Soccer Curriculum and conducted by licensed coaches. If numbers permit, the format will be stations of activities where groups of developmentally appropriate players will rotate among the different coaches/stations. Goalkeeping will be included in every session for ALL players. The EPD Coaching Staff will follow a curriculum that is based off of the U.S. Soccer Curriculum. Each session will finish with small sided games. Club coaches will also be invited to the sessions to continue their development and familiarity with the U.S. Soccer Curriculum.
Players need to understand that they may not be grouped with their friends/teammates. We want to encourage players to learn to play with and against different players. Players will be split into a group for that session. The groups may change from session to session (and even within sessions) so players need to remain flexible and open to the challenge. Genders will be mixed; boys and girls will play together.
There are around 20 events scheduled throughout the state and we have structured the schedule so that we have 3-4 events in each of the following areas- North Alabama, Central Alabama, South Central Alabama, and South Alabama.
Cost: $50 for the Initial Registration for the Fall Program. This will cover all admin fees. Players new to the program will need to purchase the $25 Nike white Training Jersey. Players are also required to wear white shorts, and a white pair of socks. Players are required to wear this kit to all training sessions to look uniform and professional. All players will be required to register and pay for each Training Event that they attend. Each event will cost between $10-$20. Players are strongly encouraged to plan to attend at least 3 sessions to benefit from the program.
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Registration: Open to ASA registered male and female players born in years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Players will self-select into this program so we encourage that players with the desire to be around other elite players should register. Please register for each Training Event at least one week prior to the event so that the appropriate number of coaches can be scheduled. There are no refunds or prorated charges. Once you complete the Initial Registration, you will be able to register for the Training Events by clicking on the links on the schedule. If you are experiencing registration issues, please contact Program Administrator Martha Disko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-991-9779.
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What do I need to bring?: Players will be issued their training shirt at the first training event. You must first complete the initial registration. The training shirt must be worn at all training sessions, as well as white shorts and white socks. Players should bring their own soccer ball, shin guards, and something to drink. Most importantly, bring a great attitude!
Parents are encouraged to attend, but must be as silent observers. Any parent coaching from the sidelines will be asked to leave.
Make-Up Policy: If an event is cancelled due to weather, your registration fees for that event will be applied to the next scheduled event in your area, or it may be refunded.
Weather Notification: Our preferred method of contact is to use the Rainedout.com Notification system. You can sign up to receive a free text message or email alert. Standard text messaging rates apply.
To register for notifications from website:
Join Alabama Soccer Association text alerts on RainedOut
- Text EPDFALL2017 to 84483 to receive EPD Fall 2017 alerts from Alabama Soccer Association.