Players enter the STA Family in our FREE Super 6 or Super 7’s program that run in the Spring and Fall of each year. These programs are purely for training purposes and have no games included. From the U8 age group our teams are then exposed to competition and this is where our club program truly begins.
In our youngest age groups (4v4 and 7v7) players are part of a training pool that splits each weekend for games. Considering the significant difference in rate of development experienced within these formative years, we feel the pool approach allows us to best provide the necessary level of developmentally appropriate challenge for players within these ages. As such, the groups are fluid and players should expect to play with different people each week.
Once teams move into the U11 age group and 9v9 soccer, the teams are then fixed for the year. From this point up thru our oldest age group of U19, there will for the most part be two, if not three teams per age group per gender.
With Player Development at the center of what we do, it is not uncommon to see the concept of horizontal integration applied across our teams. In essence, this means players of different ages may be afforded the chance to play and train up, or across age groups, with even the boys and girls coming together as and when appropriate.
There are of course different developmental objectives in place for each age group but upon transition to the full sided game, supplemental Nationally recognized Talent Development Pathways become part of the development process for our most gifted.
The girls have opportunities to be part of US Soccer’s Regionalized National Training Centers while also being recommended for US Club Soccer’s Id2 National Training Camp. The boys also have the option of being selected for Id2 however, once there they are vying for International Selection in the form of a trip to Europe or South America to represent the US. For more information on that program click here: https://usclubsoccer.org/programs/player-identification/id2-program/
From this point inclusion within Youth National team age groups is possible, before an emphasis upon the placement of our future alumni into the appropriate NCAA College Programs is witnessed. Throughout the High School age groups we operate a Winter, Spring and Summer program with players taking the Fall off to focus purely on High School participation.
The philosophical goal of STA is to provide a developmental and game model which ensures our players attain an understanding of the game that will allow them to fulfil their potential of playing at the very highest level of which they are capable. To do this we promote a unified philosophy towards how our teams approach and operate within game situations.
Ultimately, we want STA to be a club within which the players are not only technically astute and comfortable when running with, controlling or passing the ball, but one where players have the understanding, audacity and cognitions required to solve problems, make the correct decisions, move fluidly within and ultimately create chances (both individually and collectively) at ease within an array of tactical systems.
In addition they will display the patience, composure and ability to keep the ball away from their opponents for long periods of games while also having the physical and mental capacity and alertness to press, counter-press and when necessary defend in a deeper, more disciplined fashion to regain possession should it have been lost.
Through being encouraged to play the game in a manner befitting that which is required at the elite level, we hope to provide each and every player with the foundation and skill set necessary to make a seamless and successful transition to the next stage in their development ensuring STA continues to be regarded as one of the country’s finest player development programs.