U15-16 Development Expectations


U-15/16 Model


A finished product/player at the end of the 16 program should possess the following skills:


Continued emphasis on technical skills

Zonal defending

Awareness and application of offside rule

High-level fitness

Tactical knowledge of the game

Comprehensive understanding of managing the game

Touch restrictions more prevalent

Runs/movement off the ball (3rd man combos)

Mastery of possession games

Understanding of importance and execution of offensive and defensive restarts


Soccer IQ (i.e. when to overlap as wing backs, runs forwards should make and when, positioning of center backs – when to step and when to delay)

Individual responsibility, learning to take ownership of soccer career and minimizing parent involvement (responsible for e-mails, college profile, etc…)