Coaching Philosophy

Purpose Driven for the Young Athlete

(2-12yrs old)

Coaches fail by looking at the outcome rather than looking at the process. Wins and loses early in the developmental stages result in false success. Rather, a coach should look at the overall process and development of the young athlete through mental, physical and neurological training that encourages a positive training platform.


Purpose Driven for the Advanced Athlete

(13-18yrs old)

By focusing on wins and losses coaches lose perspective of the process, which dictates long-term advancement. For athletes training in this phase constant feedback that encourage and discourage behavior, movements and thought processes will result in long-term development thus allowing for play at a higher level.


FSA Development Model

Fundamentals of Soccer

Specialized Stage Coaching

Advanced Neurological Training


Fundamentals of Soccer

  1. With Ball
  2. Without Ball

Our central focus… utilize specialized age appropriate coaching with the knowledge and skills to to effectively transfer information to specific age-groups. This requires making the game relevant, appropriate and enjoyable while requiring the coach to have high technical knowledge.


  1. With Ball / In-possession:

Precision passing, first touch and incisive finishing

High IQ means:

  • Movement off ball
  • Support play
  • Awareness of counter-attack play
  • Precision passing


  1. Without Ball / out of possession:

High IQ Play where players approach the game with control and assertiveness

  • 1v1 awareness and abilities
  • Encourage individualistic abilities and dribbling skills
  • Defend assertively
  • Everyone is involved


Specialized Stage Coaching

  1. Technical Skill Sets applied to developmental stage
  2. Psychological Training applied to the individual

Refrain from imposing unrealistic expectations and methods more suited for advanced players. Coaches should work to understand individual players, the areas in which they require the most support and the best methods for helping them develop. As athletes advance and move in to older levels of play coaching philosophies alter slightly in that we set up an understanding for the player to learn how to analyze progression and digression. The emphasis of coaching remains similar to that of younger players with the added bonus of setting high expectations and methods that align with the players overall perspective, abilities and goals. Therefore, much of the coaching centers on high IQ play, complex technical skills and Advanced Neurological Training™ (ANT).


Advanced Neurological Training

  1. Integration of the Physical and Technical Game
  2. Developing a Skillful Mind

The mindset that the game on the pitch and the physical development go hand-in-hand needs to be developed early on. Specific activation and neurologically advanced movements link soccer and athleticism together to form players as they grow through the development levels. Each level requires different skill sets and thus various levels of strength, power and coordination. Coaching the two in combination teaches players relevance and coordinations that are currently lacking in the modern day player. As players advance the requirements for physical, neurological, mental and technical training to be performed in one setting become at the forefront of their soccer skill training. Mental aptitude coupled with stimuli overload (external, internal, auditory, visual, logical) allows for uncapped athletic potential for the modern day footballer.


Soccer Coaching Philosophy

  1. Young players should learn how to play out of the back and progress through the mid-field thus creating incisive finishing opportunities.
  2. Goalkeepers must hone in their possession skills and become an 11th player on the field that can distribute to intelligent defenders
  3. Intelligent play in the three thirds of the field MUST be encouraged through highly technical skill play while discouraging simple thoughts of “switching the field” or by “merely” kicking the ball up to progress the field… understanding the difference between transition play and possession play… encouraging players to play in different areas of the pitch rather than in their specific position area
  4. Passing precision is developed young through watching and playing the game, coaching needs to direct players to both visual and practical learning situations… to create passing skills that are accurately distributed through, over or around the opposition to create incisive finishing opportunities
  5. Counter-attacking is one of the most complex traits of soccer and must be one of the cornerstones of player development… by focusing on the different speeds of the game, which are build-up play and counter-attacking… that are learned through both visual and practical methods of training
  6. Teach players how to defend with intelligence by using tactics to regain possession rather than simply chasing the ball around… which requires all players on the pitch learning how to regain possession during periods of transition (opposition just gathered the ball) and when to drop-back / defend as a unit during periods of attack or good possession by the opponent.
  7. Develop 1v1 defending skills by setting up man-marking small pitch play for faster speeds, more transitions and higher intensities.