U12 Boys - Jr Phoenix


2019/20 Indoor U11/U12 Boys and Girls Junior Phoenix Program Outline 

For Who?

U12 male and female players born in 2008

An age and stage related to beginning to identify and nurture Emerging Talent into our Performance Player Pathway. The Phoenix Program has shifted over the past two seasons with a renewed focus on the development of young players and coaches. With a player centred approach, we are better able to address the needs of young players with greater efficiency and effectiveness. We provide a Long-Term Player Development inspired program that will include a holistic curriculum and plan with purposeful training and growth opportunities for the passionate player and coach.

Program Entry
All players interested in playing with the Junior Phoenix program will participate in an assessment process. The Assessment process encompasses sessions allowing players to showcase their talent and passion through small sided games. Additionally, in-season assessments as well as in season coaches feedback will be key criteria in the placement process.  Those players who are not asked to commit to the program after the assessment are placed in the SPDSA community program.  The SPDSA Technical Department offers Skill Centre programs (additional fees applicable) for players interested in developing their technical abilities and physical literacy.

Team Formation Philosophy - U11/U12
At this age, the SPDSA Technical Staff will be looking at creating two balanced teams (2 - U11 and 2 - U12 in each gender) with a minimum of 12 players per team. From time to time the number of teams and players may be altered based on circumstances that are out of the SPDSA's control.   Examples would be, but not limited to the following:

  • Not enough players to create 2 teams based on registrations and/or players at the appropriate level
  • The disparity of current ability between players at assessments is too significant to create 2 balanced teams, which would allow the SPDSA to place players in an environment that will allow them to succeed.

If either of the above is observed the technical staff may alter team formation to one of the following:

  • Create one team
  • Create two teams, where players of similar current ability are placed together. The teams will be placed in a league that the technical staff determines would be appropriate for the development of the players.
  • Create two teams and one developmental team. The teams will be placed in a league that the technical staff determines would be appropriate for the development of the players.  Example X and Y teams.

Qualified Technical Leads are appointed to deliver, manage, and lead the program assisted and supported by volunteer development coaches.

A full seasonal plan and curriculum guides all coaches through the program supported by the SPDSA Technical Department staff.

The best qualities of a coach for this stage of player are:

  • Enthusiastic and encouraging
  • Looks and acts the part
  • Has standards
  • Knows the subject and the players
  • Demonstrates
  • Stimulates ideas and makes it fun

*Coaching scenario subject to adjustment

The Season
Season Length - 5 months starting late September 2019 ending February / March 2020 (depending on league)

Frequency - 2 practices (One technically led and one team coach led) + 1 match per week (Approximately 3 - 4 hours of soccer per week), based on league schedule and facility availability.

Strength and Conditioning

A Strength & Conditioning component will be introduced to the curriculum.   For the U9 to U12 age groups, this will be more Physical Literacy oriented.  There will be approx. 6 sessions that will be scheduled throughout the Indoor Season which are included in the fees.   Sessions will take place at Firstline in Sherwood Park.    Teams that wish to have more than the 6 sessions, can book them directly with Firstline. 

Days of Play - To be determined by competition organization

Days of Training - To be determined once game playing days are confirmed

*Games will take place in Edmonton, Training may take place in South Edmonton, although majority for this age group should be in Sherwood Park.

Duration - Practices and games are typically 60 minutes

*Start times subject to change, based on facility availability  

Games Program
Teams will be placed in appropriate league play pending league placement.   All players will play based upon equal play principles throughout the season and be exposed to multiple roles.  Our philosophy is to provide players the best opportunity to develop with age and stage appropriate competition that enhances game understanding and passion for play with the focus on individual player development.  Coaches are supported by the Technical Department and are provided ongoing coaching development opportunities. 

Days of Play - To be determined by competition organization

Format - 6v6 or 7v7 Small Sided Game (rules determined by competition)

Limited Tournament play is possible at the discretion of the team with approval of Technical Lead /Department 

Registration and Fees
Fee $675 (includes League Fees & Tryout Fee)  

The SPDSA has extended the payment dates for our Phoenix programs.  When you register for the Package that includes the $20.00 tryout fee, the payments will be as follows:

Initial Payment:                  $225.00 Collected at time of Registration

Second Payment:               $225.00 September 20th

Third Payment:                  $225.00 October 20th

Fee $695 - Tryout Only    

When you register for the Package that does not include the $20.00 tryout fee, the payments will be as follows:

Initial Payment:                  $20.00 Collected at time of Registration

Second Payment:               $225.00 September 20th

Third Payment:                  $225.00 October 1st

Final Payment:                   $225.00 October 20th

Deadline to register in Jr. Phoenix is August 20, 2019

Jerseys are provided with deposit.  Players are required to provide their own shin pads and soccer shoes.  Socks are provided for all Phoenix players for the Indoor season.  Phoenix players are required to purchase one pair of black Phoenix shorts.




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