Competitive FAQ's

Umpqua United Soccer Club Competitive Curriculum:

Player Development

Training to Train: U10-U14 Age Group:

Training sessions: 60-90 minutes long.

Main focus: Mastering the ball and learning principles of play. Players transition from a "Learning to train" phase into a "Training to Train" Phase.

Tactical concepts: Principles of Attacking & Principles of Defending. These principles can be very complicated and at this stage of development the focus is creating a foundation based on these principles.

  • Principles of Attacking:Penetration, providing support, movement off the ball, width & depth, and improvisation/creativity.

  • Principles of Defending:pressure & cover, delaying, balance/team shape, compactness, control & restraint (not diving in), and counter attack.

Session Structure:

Stage 1: (Warm-up) Games or activities that work on different variations of ball control and team problem solving.

Stage 2&3: (Main Activities) Games focus on individual and team problem solving. Players work on mastering activities learned from previous years and expanding on those activities with more complexity.

Stage 4: Each session should end with small-sided games to goals. Each activity will be building into higher-level variations to improve technical abilities, combinational play, and problem solving.

  • Example of games: 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 4v3, 6v6

  • Games can be played to end lines or with multiple goals (4 or 6 goal games).

  • Possession games with and without neutral players

  • Introducing principles of attacking & defending

    • Switching the point of attack, playing out of the back, width & depth

    • Pressure and cover, where to force the ball, not diving in.

Each session ends with small-sided games to goals.

Training to Compete: U14-16 Age Group

Training to Win: U16 & above