FUNdamental - U7 and U8 Coaches
At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is "Freedom and Fun."
Learn to Train - U9 & U11 Coaches
Skill development is very important, and players learn best by "doing." Players move from self-centered to self-critical, and they have a high arousal level during basic skills training. This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Repetition is important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning.
Soccer for Life - U13, U15, U17 and U19 Coaches
At any stage in the LTPD model, players may choose to play soccer as a purely recreational activity regardless of their level of ability or disability. Soccer can be enjoyed as an integral part of any personal lifelong wellness plan. Adult players can also become active in the coaching and administration of the sport.
The recruitment and retention of players, coaches, referees and administrators is key to the ongoing development of both grass roots and elite soccer in Canada through the LTPD model.