This stage is in line with the Learning to Train stage of LTPD. It is our goal that once the players enter this stage they are fully equipped with a passion and love of the game as well as fundamental techniques required to introduce principles of play.
At U11-U12, FCD will operate with a complete 4-corner holistic approach which focuses on technical/tactical, physical, mental and social/emotional areas of player development. Physical literacy is always a component of a session. This holistic approach is critical for complete player development and preparing players for our playing philosophy and game model. Our curriculum and focus can be found in the U11-U12 Overview and Curriculum. Emphasizing wins and losses at this stage is discouraged. Often the result of the game can come at the expense of learning.
There is no maximum number of players permitted in the program and the program is completely open, following the open roster principle (based on the number of players that attend fall open sessions the program may be limited to 1 team). On game day the maximum roster of each team is 16. Players will participate in a series of festivals with other Ontario Academies which follow the LTPD principles. Evaluation of these players will be continuous with 2 written player evaluations per year. Age group will operate under a 44-week calendar, with a 3:1 training to game ratio and a 1:16 coach to player ratio. FCD uses the Player Development Model for sessions regardless of the number of players in the program. Training sessions are 60-75 minutes in length with the players having a 13 minute arrival activity.
|Playing Format||9v9 (w/GK)|
|Game Day Rosters||Max 16|
|Substitutions||Unlimited (any stoppage)|
|Game Duration||2 x 35 min|
|Team Travel Time||OASL|
|Throw-ins||Pass in/Dribble in|
|Retreat Line||Yes - 1/3 Way|
|Goal Size (no larger)||6x18|
|Max competition days per season||20|
|Number of competition days per week||1|
|Playing time per player per game||Fair time in all positions|
|Playing time per player per festival||Max 80 min|
|Minimum/Maximum rest between games||30 min/120 min|
|Memorable Events||4 (2 Ontario/2 US+Canada)|
|League Structure||8 Festivals of 2-3 games|
|Other Competition||Friendlies and Festivals|
|Training to Game Ratio||Indoor 2:1/Outdoor 3:1|
|Coach to Player Ratio||1:16|
|Training Duration||75 minutes|
|Training - Arrival Activity||13 minutes|
|Player Development Model||Yes|
|Indoor Season Length||20 weeks|
|Indoor Season||Nov-Mar - 2 sessions per week|
|Outdoor Season Length||20 weeks|
|Outdoor Season||Apr-Sept - 3 sessions per week|
|Physical literacy||Component of each session|
|Trial Approach||Open to all (Based on # of players)|
|Player evaluations||2 per year|
|Lead Coach qualifications||C + L2T + MED + RIS + MHW + GL|
|Assistant Coach qualifications||L2T + MED + RIS + GL|
|Coach evaluations||1 self, 1 verbal, 2 written|
|Running with the ball||Combination Play||Coordination||Communication||Competitiveness|
|Ball mastery||Playing out of the back||Speed||Sharing||Commitment|
|Passing||Pressing||Basic Motor Skills||Decision-making||Self Control|
|Fakes, fients and turns||Switching play||Awareness||Fair play/Honesty||Concentration|
|1v1 Attacking||Attacking principles||Acceleration||Problem solving|
|Shielding the ball||Reaction||Empathy|
JUNE 28, 2021
Congratulations to FC Durham Academy (FCD) 2021 Graduate Joce Splitgerber on signing with University of New Brunswick Saint John!
We feel Joce has found a university that fit all her desires in a university environment and setting, which is exactly what this journey is about.
Rich Hirst our Girl's High-Performance Manager says "Joce came to FCD September 2019 and immediately impacted the group with her positivity, outgoing personality and communication level. She instantly became part of the FCD family and these traits are critical in the university culture. She is versatile and has spent time playing as a central forward and a right fullback over the past few years. Joce has a excellent ability to learn tactics, is physically strong and has the perfect mentality to excel at this level. We strongly believe that Joce will contribute to the Seawolves Program immediately and going forward."
Congratulations again to Joce and her family.
MAY 10, 2021
FC Durham Academy (FCD) would like to congratulate 2021 Graduating Mid Fielder Joshua Quarless on signing with Walsh University (Akron, Ohio).
Tom Croft our Boy's High-Performance Manger says "Joshua has been with FCD since day one. Although quiet in nature he has made a big impact at FCD. The Cavaliers are getting a very good Midfielder who can play in possession using his technical ability and will help out with a few goals over the season. Josh has a knack for scoring big goals.. Joshua will be studying Exercise Science at Walsh. We look forward to helping Josh prepare for his future at Walsh University."
A big Thank You to Coach Howard for all of his work with Josh over the years. Also we are very appreciative of Josh's Mom "Debra" for her support as Team Manager.
Congratulations to Joshua and his family!
MAY 3, 2021
FC Durham Academy (FCD) would like to congratulate 2021 Graduating 2003B Winger Evan Jerrett on his signing with the defending National Champions Durham College Lords.
Tom Croft our Boys High-Performance Manger says "Evan is dynamic forward, who has the ability to score and create chances for his teammates. The combination of speed and technical ability makes Evan a threat at all moments on the field. Evan is a player that has worked very hard in his time here at FCD. I am sure Evan will be a great addition to the Lords. We look forward to helping Evan prepare for his future at Durham College"
Congratulations to Evan and his family!
Link to Durham College Announcement