For boys born in 2014, the U9 age group is the start of the pathway for more committed, motivated young athletes, and the start of the competitive Travel soccer program. This program is for players with a strong desire to improve their skills, expand their tactical understanding of the game to reach the next level, and to be a part of a group that has opportunities to play with and against other motivated players.
The curriculum has been designed to develop players through more advanced training activities and methods taught by professionally licensed coaching staff. There is a higher level of competition in practices and league play. This is a year-round commitment that includes 2 training sessions a week at fields located in the East (like Petworth, Raymond or thereabouts), play in the Next Generation Program at National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) on the weekends and participate in local tournaments in fall and spring.
There is a heavy emphasis on player development, establishing a foundation of technical skills, 1v1 attacking and defending, and an introduction into tactical understanding of team attacking and defending principles. In this age group, based on the US Soccer mandate, teams play 7v7 with a size 4 ball and no heading.
The Registration "U9 Petworth " is not currently available.