Soccer Friends USA Philosophy:
At every practice no matter the age we provide new experiences, fun, learning the game of soccer. During game time we let the kids play without stoppages or interference from coaches this helps develop their creativity and enjoyment of the game. Our goal and our hope is to provide a basis for lifelong enjoyment of sports and physical activity. We aim for positive experiences and learning for ALL children. Our coaches are judged by progress of ALL children.
Soccer Friends USA is a full service Soccer School we offer the following Programs:
General skill based classes for ages 18 months to 16 years old.
After-School and enrichment programs
Spanish Language learn and play classes for all ages
All Girls classes
Futsal Soccer League
Youth Travel Soccer teams
Individual one on one skills clinic coaching for players 9 years of age and up
Soccer Birthday Parties
How Soccer Friends USA is a full service soccer school.
Soccer Friends USA offers three, clear options from which our families can choose which program best suits their child's needs. Within all of these options, our students will be taught by our highly-motivated, well-trained staff from as early as as 18 months all the way through 16 years. Our general skills classes which teach coordination, balance, & ball movement for pre-schoolers lead seamlessly into classes for our school-aged children, teaching the basics of soccer such as athletic coordination, dribbling, passing, and shooting.
If your child begins to develop a real passion and love for the sport of soccer, from 6 years old and up, and you are wondering what we offer outside of the regular classes, we would guide you to our Futsal Soccer training league. In this program, your child gets the excitement of their first experience of playing in a game, and will begin to learn how to be a member of a team, over a 10 week season. Your child will benefit from the skills they gain during their general classes, but now they will have the opportunity to implement those skills in a game format. Please note, this is still a training program and while there is naturally a level of competitiveness in the games, the focus of our teaching is still focused on improving the child's skill level and understanding of the game and we are still nurturing their love for the game. The program is run by our Directors of Coaching and the games are coached and refereed by our trained, professional staff. This program is currently only offered in the Winter season as it is indoor-based game.
Our third step begins at 8 years old and is our competitive travel team program for boys and girls. This program is designed for any child and family who wants to commit to playing on a competitive youth soccer team. There are try-out days scheduled in late spring of each year. The commitment level required by the child and the family is much greater than the other programs mentioned, as you have to sign up for a 9 month season which would begin in late August and conclude in early June. There are 3 seasons over those 9 months; they are held in the fall, winter, and spring. During the fall and spring season your child would be required to attend two training sessions per week, plus a games on Sundays. The fall and spring seasons usually consist of 10 games over 10 weeks. The winter season is held indoors and consist of 2 practices per week, plus 2 indoor tournaments.
The world our Children live in;
For many children, the preferred place to play is (or has to be) within their own four walls. Because we live in such a urban concrete jungle there is lack of outside space to play in it gives way to domesticity, leading to a compartmentalization of life. Homework, computer games and internet surfing significantly restrict the time available for physical activity. Compounding the issue of inactivity in our children is the continuing reduction of physical education and recess time in our schools also makes for less time spent actively.
The consequences of the above issues lead to posture problems, obesity, cardiovascular deficiencies and problems with basic coordination. Soccer Friends USA compensates for children’s lack of physical activity by providing a wide variety of activities in all of our programs. All of our coaches focus exclusively on the needs, desires and interests of children, not on scores or championships.
We thank you for entrusting your child with us. We will do all we can to make sure that you and your children are comfortable with us. Our priorities for teaching kids to play soccer are shooting the ball in a given direction, dribbling the ball while running, stopping it without using their hands, shooting goals and blocking shots: These are the basic elements of soccer we introduce to our players, with the help of a variety of exercises and above all by playing the game.
However, it’s equally important to us that our young players learn:
- To get along with their peers in a group
- To pursue a common goal as part of a team
- To deal appropriately with winning and losing
- To respect their opponents
- To accept they obey the rules, both on and off the field
Your child will also:
- Develop individual approaches to using sports equipment
- Gain basic experience in a variety of game situations
- Improve aspects of coordination such as mobility, agility and reaction
- Experience the fun and excitement of playing soccer.
So don’t be surprised if sometimes you come to soccer class and see your child playing games that seemingly have nothing to do with soccer. Climbing, balancing, jumping, hopping, skipping, and throwing etc. are fundamental skills that need to be improved. In the long run, they will contribute to the development of soccer skills. But of course, practice sessions still revolve around the game.