Club Philosophy

Gaston United Soccer Club prides itself on developing players at all ages and ability levels.  We believe players develop at different rates and we seek to develop all players that are committed to learning the game.  We attempt to place players in groups or teams based upon their current ability levels.  We also believe that in order for players to develop they must take self-initiative to practice on their own using the tools Gaston United Soccer provides. By taking self-initiative, players can development at a faster rate.   

Below are some other bullet points to inform parents/players of our philosophy in which we aim to have positive, steady, and incremental improvement regarding player and team development.

MICRO SOCCER
  • Fun, fun, fun!
  • Introduction to movement, body and spatial awareness
  • One training session per week
  • 11 week program
  • High parent involvement 
RECREATION
  • Fun
  • Introduction to Soccer
  • Learn the Rules of the Game
  • Volunteer Coaches
  • Playing time: Minimum 50% playing time
  • Introducing the 4 pillars of soccer
  • Encourage players to compete
  • Teach sportsmanship
  • Beginning of parent education of youth soccer
  • Beginning stages of progressing into the competitive environment
  • No limit to rosters
YOUTH ACADEMY
  • Fun with a competitive element
  • Introduction to technical aspects of soccer
  • Introduction of learning game situations and formations at the 6v6 level
  • Coaches that are licensed and/or having a high level of playing experience
  • Weekly Training Curriculum developed by Youth Academy Director
  • Playing time is earned, not given. Strive to have equal playing time.
  • Introduction to learning all positions on the playing field
  • Implementation of the 4 pillars of soccer (Technical, Tactical, Physical, Psychological)
  • Two training session per week
  • Continual parent education through the 4 pillars of soccer.
    • Technical – Dribbling using all surface areas of both feet, passing, striking, finishing, and receiving.
    • Tactical –  Learning 1v1, 2v1, and 2v2 tactics as an emphasis.
    • Physical – Understanding how to use speed and body.
    • Psychological - Understanding competition, instruction, and sportsmanship.
CLASSIC
  • Fun with a competitive element.
  • Introduction to advanced technical aspects of soccer.
  • Introduction of learning game situations and formations at the 8v8 level.
  • Coaches that are licensed and/or having a high level of playing experience.
  • Playing time:  No playing time requirement.  Playing time is based upon the coach’s decision, which derives from different variables during the game and variables at training.
  • Learning all positions on the playing field, but coaches begin identifying where the players strengths and weakness are on the field.
  • Passing becomes a larger emphasis in the game with all players on the field including the goal keeper.
  • The keeper will use throwing, rolling, and passing to distribute the ball mostly (not punting)
  • Continual implementation of the 4 pillars of soccer
  • Three training session per week
  • Continual parent education through the 4 pillars of soccer
    • Technical – Dribbling using all surface areas of both feet, passing, striking, finish, receiving.
    • Tactical – Learning 4v4 situations as well as unbalanced situations 3v2, 4v2, etc.
    • Physical – Understanding how to use speed and body.  Fitness becomes an added element to the game.
    • Psychological – Understanding competition, instruction, sportsmanship, as well as intensity and physicality of the game.
CLASSIC / PREMIER / REGION III
  • Fun with a competitive element.
  • Improvement of advanced technical aspects of soccer.
  • Improvement of higher thinking skills learning game situations and formations at the 11v11 level.
  • Coaches that are licensed and/or having a high level of playing experience.
  • Playing time:  No playing time requirement.  Playing time is based upon the coach’s decision, which derives from different variables during the game and variables at training.
  • Players begin to naturally be place into one or two positions on the field based upon their skills sets and coaching strategy.
  • Possession of the ball and combination passing become a major emphasis in the game with all players on the field including the goal keeper.
  • Continual implementation of the 4 pillars of soccer
  • Three training session per week
  • Continual parent education through the 4 pillars of soccer
  • Player education from the Coach/DOC of goals they have in the future
    • Technical – Learning the most advanced skill sets in the game and when to use them.
    • Tactical – Learning how to play 11v11 and work together in all aspects of the game: Defensive, Offensive, Transition, and Set-Pieces
    • Physical – Utilizing maximum speed, quickness, fitness, aggression, and intensity over long periods of time. 
    • Psychological – Understanding competition, instruction, sportsmanship, discipline, as well demonstrating control under the playing conditions, such as weather, officiating, player interaction, and receiving constructive criticism.