Development Program for U8-U10 Girls and Boys

 

Development Program for U8-U10 Girls and Boys

Emerald City Football Club (ECFC) understands that all youth soccer players will enjoy their experience and learn at an exponentially faster rate if they are placed in the appropriate setting. Our fun, popular ‘Player Development Program is similar to the development models used at top European and South American soccer clubs and provides an ideal atmosphere for young players to learn and play.

ECFC has a no-cut policy at the developmental ages - We want each individual player to have an opportunity to learn and develop a love for the game of soccer. Our goal is to place every single player in an environment that is both physically and mentally challenging for growth and development.  Over the course of time, players tend to gravitate towards the skill and competitive level that best fits them (as an individual).

As our Director of Coaching Emeritus Bobby Howe has written in several of his soccer education books, it is paramount to provide playing opportunities where a player’s excitement for the game can be enhanced during their ‘Golden Age of Learning.’ Please see our FAQ’s for Development Program Philosophy and Vision here.

 

What our development program provides

Our fun development program offers a great educational experience for all youth soccer players.

6-8 year olds:

  • Practices should be based on fun and games
  • Players should spent maximum time in contact with the ball to build coordination and skill with the ball

9-10 year olds:

  • Perfect time to work on developing techniques and skills
  • 1v1 and 2v1 is used more to continue developing technique under pressure and begin to build passing skills

 

Programs for May/June, Fall, and Spring

ECFC structures its U8-U10 development program around three distinct playing seasons during the year. All training sessions in the development program are on Monday and Wednesday evenings, starting at 5 PM or 5:30 PM, dependent on the venue. All league games (in the fall and spring) generally take place on Saturdays or Sundays at the Starfire Complex (near Southcenter Mall in Tukwila). Games can be played at Magnusson Park, Salmon Bay, Woodinville, Marysville or Ravensdale but are usually at Starfire.

Note: only the U10s will participate in the PSPL league. U8 and U9 will be in-house training with scrimmages.

  • The year begins with the Mid-May/June Training season. This exciting five-week program has the players training 2 days per week and allows players to get a feel for premier-level play, learn more in-depth skills, and develop confidence with the ball. The mid-May/June season culminates with a couple of scrimmages to showcase the skills learned during the 5-week season.
  • The Fall season begins training in mid-August with an 8-game season (in the Puget Sound Premier League), which ends in mid-November.
  • The Spring season begins training in early-February with an 8-game season (in the Puget Sound Premier League) that ends in early-May.

ECFC also offers additional programs during the year for its “Dev” players, including Friday “play days,” summer camps, and a winter Futsal program. (See below for more information about these programs.)

NOTE: Due to its popularity, the ECFC Dev Program has traditionally sold out and players who missed the early registration were placed on a waitlist. We will try our best to accommodate all youth soccer players

*Please click here for the Age Group Chart to determine the appropriate team for your player.

 

Registration options:

There are several options to register for Emerald City FC’s Development programs. Our most economical program (which also tends to show the greatest overall individual player development) is our Year Around option. Players registering for this program will gain an immediate savings of $200 over the price of the combined individual seasons. However, should families need more flexibility, registration for each individual season is also available.

To sign up for a Development Program or Team please select from the choices on the right for all current open registrations.

  • Year Around

Includes all three ECFC Dev seasons: the Mid-May/June Training season, Fall season, and Spring season. Participants will enjoy twice weekly training with professional coaches, an optional third training session during the Friday ‘Play Days,’ participation in a local jamboree (during Mid-May/June season), league game play for each of the Fall and Spring seasons (in the Puget Sound Premier League for U10). Included is an ECFC uniform kit and ball. Register here.

  • Summer Mid-May/June Training Season

The Mid May/June training season runs from the middle of May to the middle of June. A five-week program with training twice a week with professional coaches that allows kids to get a feel for premier-level play, learn more in-depth skills, and develop confidence with the ball. The season culminates in a local jamboree. Included is an ECFC training shirt. Register here.

  • Fall Season

Our fall season kicks off in mid- August. Training twice per week with professional coaches and includes an 8- match league schedule in the Puget Sound Premier League (for U10). Games start in mid-Sept and end by mid-November. Included is a uniform kit and ball (one kit per year).  Register here.

Optional third training sessions may be provided during the Friday “Play Days”

  • Spring Season

Our spring season kicks off in mid- February. Training twice per week with professional coaches and includes an 8- match league schedule in the Puget Sound Premier League (for U10). Games start in mid-March and end by mid-May. Included is a uniform kit and ball (one kit per year)

  Optional third training sessions may be provided during the Friday “Play Days”

 

For Program Fees please click here.  For questions about the Emerald City Football Club Development Program, please contact our Director for our Development Program, Angel Planells at 917-682-8194 or by email at acplanells@gmail.com, or manager@emeraldcityfc.org.

 

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Emerald City FC exists to develop each of our players to his or her fullest potential, competing at the highest possible level while demonstrating exemplary teamwork, sportsmanship, and a passion for the game.