For players born in 2014 and 2015.
Learning to share the ball: Introduction of positional possession game model.
About Junior Phoenix
Junior Phoenix is an age and stage related program, with a 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 by striving to develop greater physical literacy, technical ability, and enhance the love for the game. We provide a Canada Soccer Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) inspired program that will include a holistic curriculum overseen and delivered by our qualified staff and technical leads.
Jr. Phoenix teams are led by licensed volunteer parent coaches, who are mentored and guided by our technical staff. By providing a safe environment, players will have the opportunity to develop with program specific core principles that fit within the Phoenix identity both on and off the field.
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 ability and hard work through small-sided games. Those players not asked to commit to the program after the assessment process are recommended a place in the SPDSA community program. We strive to find a team for all the players who attend assessments.
Team Formation Philosophy
At this age, the SPDSA Technical Staff will be looking at creating balanced teams. This is subject to change based on number of players and coaching availability.
A full seasonal plan and curriculum guides all coaches through the program supported by the SPDSA Technical staff.
The best qualities of a coach for this stage of player are:
The Jr. Phoenix program is the typical entry point for our competitive development stream. Typical players (families) have previous experience with organized soccer, love the sport, and are committed to learning and being the best teammate possible. Season training usually begins in mid to late April, with the EMSA league running matches over eight weeks in May and June. League games typically follow a 7v7 format. Matches are situated all over the Edmonton region. A typical weekly commitment during this time is three evenings per week with one day of weekend training. Game/Technical/Practice sessions are typically 60 - 75 minutes in length. After league play finishes at the end of June, training continues until the end of July in preparation for a least one Festival event in July.
*NEW this season - TWO SKILL CENTRE SESSIONS PER WEEK FOLLOWING A CLUB WIDE CURRICULUM. An academy style training model with a station-based approach. Technical, Tactical and Physical pillars would be addressed in a 12-week program that meets players where they are at. Weekend session to involve open registration players.
Game and Tournament Play
All teams will be placed in appropriate league play. 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. We know game time is an important component of player development. We also recognize that players require a variety of experiences to become adaptable and resilient. Coaches are supported by the Technical Department and are provided ongoing coaching development opportunities. Tournaments are additional costs and determined by the coach and parents typically at the start of the season. Fundraising is a typical way to bring down cost and build community around the team.
Days of Play: to be determined by EMSA.
League Play: May and June.
Training Days: Mid-April through the end of July; specific days to be determined.
Additional Games with Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence holders will take place during weekends in July.
The season is a success when individual, team and club have experienced improvement, commitment, resilience, and joy! Everyone plays a part... players, coaches, parents, family and friends.
Registration and Fees
March 30, 2023
April 30, 2023
* Assessment fee is non-refundable only if player turns down a spot on the team at time of team formation.
Important to note:
Deadline to register in Jr. Phoenix is extended to March 11, 2023.