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The Reserves division emphasizes technical development while exposing players to other key elements required to develop as a soccer player. Technical sessions are the foundation of the program focusing on passing, control, shooting, defending, dribbling and attacking. Reserves players have the opportunity to choose one technical session and up to three specialty programs.
Technical—The technical training is the foundation of the Academy. The training is conducted in small groups with a coach to player ratio of 1:4. Within this program the players are taught the fundamental components of the beautiful game. They learn the proper mechanics for passing, dribbling, control, attacking, defending and shooting. They then learn to take each component and apply these mechanics to multidirectional drills and competitive situations in an attempt to make these movements habits that they can then apply to games as they advance as players.
Futsal/ Scrimmage—These scrimmages are molded around the international game of futsal; the only form of indoor soccer officially approved by FIFA. Many of the greatest soccer players in the world grew up playing Futsal. These small-sided games offer an opportunity for players to demonstrate the skills they have acquired through the other Academy programs. Occurring as a 4 vs. 4 or 5 vs. 5 with the winning team staying on, it is a friendly competition-like atmosphere where players can relax and have fun!
Kit: White t-shirt, red shorts and red socks
“The small playing area helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played futsal I felt free. If it wasn’t for futsal, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.” – Christiano Ronaldo
“Futsal requires you to think and play fast. It makes everything easier when you later switch to football.” – Pele
“In futsal, you see whether a player is really talented… you notice the small details in quality, class and tactical understanding.” – Xavi (Spain & Barcelona star)
Reserves Program Guide
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