Development Academy

Langley United Soccer Association runs Player and Goalie Development Academy programs as part of the Spring and Fall soccer programs. Both Academy programs are open to all players of all abilities. All sessions will be instructed by the LUSA certified staff coaches, and will run Friday evening at Willoughby Community Park.

Details of current Development Academy registration here.

LUSA Development Academies will follow the “Stationed Based” training model for U6 – U15 Boys & Girls.

Canada Soccer recommends a “station” approach to training. Players move from one skill-building activity to the next at regular intervals. The time spent on each activity varies based on the age of the player. This method is not only more fun for young players who tend to have short attention spans, but also allows training sessions to be tailored to an individual’s need.

Each training session is built around four activity stations:

  • Coordination
  • General Movement Skills
  • Soccer Technique
  • Small-Sided Games

Addressing all four of these training “pillars” at each practice session will help develop well- rounded young players with a foundation in physical literacy, solid soccer skills and, ideally, an enduring love of the game. Langley United fully support the Preferred Training Model.

What are the benefits to the players?

  • Lots of variety
  • Opportunity to meet new friends
  • Work with different coaches
  • Lots of activity
  • Very little down time
  • Get to play the game while learning
  • Are able to express themselves
  • Creates an environment where they can fall in love with soccer
  • Caters to their various attention span’s
  • Great learning environment
  • Access to the best available coaching at the club

Player Development Academy will also focus on the individuals:

  • Ball mastery
  • Passing / receiving
  • Turning / shielding
  • Defending
  • Shooting
  • Attacking
  • Crossing
  • Combination play
  • Game Play (Movement)
  • Decision making on and off the ball.

Goalkeeper Development Academy will also focus on:

  • Starting position
  • Handling
  • Diving
  • Crosses
  • Angles
  • Breakaway
  • Decision making