Welcome to The SWAT Player Development Series, a program built to develop players’ abilities through a smaller version of the game. The Player Development Series events tap into the age specific characteristics of U7 & U8 players to exponentially accelerate the players development.
Short sided games are fast paced and fun.
Live in the moment - 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 games demand that players be involved and experience every moment.
Player-centered environments allow players to realize maximum development - lots of touches & time with the ball at your feet is the fastest way to develop.
Decisions in these games belong to the player and the repetition and opportunities to problem solve are vast. Think rapid fire, trial and error & adaptation.
It's proven worldwide by the most dominate Soccer Countries in the World that small sided games develop players faster than the larger 5v5 or 7v7 formats at this age.
All of this combined will develop confidence, initiative, improved skill with the ball, intelligence with and without the ball, coordination with movement, resiliency and problem solving. Teams that experience the SWAT Development Series will be ahead of those that stick with the old tradition of too many players on the field.
So what does this look like & how will it work?
Weekly Game Day
Game Days give players an opportunity to play unfamiliar competition and experiment with concepts that you have been working on in Team Training via varying player formats - 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 over the course of the year.
We are shooting for our Game Days to be Wednesday, August through October, and March through May, but the final determination will be based on the number of teams. The locations will be customized to the geographic locations of the teams that register. Our goal is to not have you drive more than 20 -30 minutes to enjoy a 1.5 hour Game Day once a week.
PlayOn! Series - 8 events over the year
Eight times a year we will gather with other competitive organizations, teams & coaches in a community event. Games will be played 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4. Players will rotate to play different opponents, much like the weekly Game days but with kids from all over.
As a bonus, since parents will be on hand - we’ll have educational programs or Q&As with experts in youth player development to make this a win-win for everyone in the family.