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Player Development

Player Development

Player Development


Developmental Philosophy     

It is the role of the ESA board of directors, directors of coaching and all staff coaches to do what is in the best interest of the each individual player. We will provide opportunities for players to play at a level that is appropriate to their ability. Our program will provide more challenging environments for players as they improve and become more capable.  


The ESA developmental process seeks to develop players proficient in the following areas:

  • Technique     
  • Intelligence 
  • Personality 
  • Speed

Style of Play    

All teams and players are encouraged to play an imaginative, attacking brand of soccer complimented with the understanding and ability to be organized when defending.



Elite players are identified and given the opportunity to train with older players based on their ability and not simply their age throughout each season. 


Early Development      

The purpose of our early development initiative is to provide a safe, fun environment for players to learn. The Tots Kickers Initiative is divided into three levels of development each with specific targeted learning outcomes: mini U4, classic age 4 to 5 and premier age 5 to 6.


Leadership Development 

  • Performance (Competition Captain)
  • Locker Room (Culture Captains)
  • Social Leaders (Chemistry Captains)
  • Organizational Leaders (Structual Captains)
  • Reserve Leaders (Sub Captains)


Player Development Program

The ESA vision is to provide a first class soccer academy program that develops each and every type of player. We are committed to the development and placement of our individual players.

We are dedicated to total player development and offer our academy players a comprehensive program in every age group:

 Beginner Program (Tots kickers 3-5)

  • Increased development of motor skills
  • Individual technical skill development
  • Introduction to team dynamics
  • Character formation through life lessons such as honesty, sharing, respect and positive attitudes
  • Development of active lifestyle habits


Development Program

  • Increased technical training with a focus on technical speed
  • Introduce competitive mentality (how to train)
  • Basic tactical awareness
  • A team mentality
  • Player responsibility


Transitional Program

  • Master techniques
  • Introduce strength training
  • Advanced team tactics
  • Understand individual roles
  • Player accountability


Advanced Program

  • Physical maturity
  • Advanced levels of play
  • Tactically astute
  • Life decisions
  • College preparation


Four types of speed that soccer players need to possess and develop:

  • Pure Speed - the ability to overcome the distance between two points in the shortest amount of time.
  • Technical Speed - the ability to control and manipulate the ball with the body, legs, or feet at speed.
  • Tactical Speed/Speed of Action - processing information from the game and choosing an appropriate response to the situation quickly.
  • Mental Speed - ability of the player to be aware of all factors, conditions, and options inside and outside of the game (opponents, teammates, crowd, etc.)


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