Youth Soccer News: San Diego Surf SC Launches First U13/14 Academy Team with March Tryouts
With the announcement last year that the U.S. Soccer Development Academy would add a U13/14 level for the 2013-2014 season, San Diego Surf SC began preparation for growing their successful Academy program. The club has now begun the next stage in that growth with the announcement of tryouts for the new team, to be held on March 12 and 14 at the San Diego Polo Fields. The tryouts are open to boys born in 1999 and 2000, and the U13/14 team will join the elite U15/16 and U17/18 teams.
In Surf’s nearly 33 years of existence, the club has become nationally recognized for excellence in player development as well as competition. Surf is one of only eleven Nike Premier Clubs in the country and has helped to produce more than 20 players in the U.S. National Teams system. Over the years, Surf teams have brought home more than 50 State Championships, 17 Regional Championships and seven National Championships, and is the only club in San Diego County that is a member of both the USSF Development Academy and Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).
With the addition of Wayne Harrison as Boys Director of Coaching, Surf has embarked on an ambitious program of unification and development. Using the 4-2-3-1 system as the basis, the club will train all teams similarly at all ages. Regular coaching clinics will help Surf coaches to implement the system, from the 3-3-1 style of 8v8 at the U7 to U10 levels to the full 4-2-3-1 at the U11 and up levels. This will create a smooth transition for players as they advance through age groups.
Surf will also implement a player development model with training specific to particular age groups. In this model, U14 teams will focus on skill, decision making, and rapid thinking and playing. All of this is aligned to tactical team play as well as physical and psychological development.
Creating “thinking players” is the goal of the Surf development program, and coaches will stress the importance of players being able to recognize options before they receive the ball. Over the years Harrison has spent countless hours developing and fine-tuning the methods that will be used at Surf. Players at all levels will benefit from his experience at clubs in the Blackpool FC in the UK and Al Ain in the UAE as well as clubs the in U.S.
For interested young players, the first step is signing up for tryouts, which will take place from 3:45-5:30 p.m. on March 12 and 14. For more information or to register, visit the Surf SC website.
To Recap: The San Diego Surf Soccer Club was established in 1980 and the youth soccer club has won more than 50 State Championships, 17 Regional Championships, and 7 National Championships.
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