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Dryden Youth Soccer will be introducing a new Player Development Model РOntario Soccer Association (please go to to view additional information)

The OSA Player Development Model is recommended for training grassroots players from the ages of U4-U12. The model allows for players to train in larger groups which help build a child’s social network.

When using the Player Development Model, players will travel in a group throughout the session from and activity to a game back to a activity.

Using the station approach we are able to cater the session to the individual needs of the player, which keeps the children engaged and motivated. With this method players will work at a station for a predetermined amount of time, travel to the next station while having a drink and be ready for the next station to start.

When dealing with large groups of players, multiple stations will be running at the same time. When this is the case all stations will start together and all stations will break together, creating a FUN and enjoyable environment for both players and coaches.

Stations can be created for any kind of activity ranging from physical literacy, individual ball work, passing and receiving all the way through to shooting or goalkeeping. For the game stations, coaches can get creative and have a regular 3 v 3 game, 4 goal soccer, end zone games or possession based games, basically any kind of game which places players against an opponent with a target as the goal.


What Does This Mean?

The U4-U8 groups will not be divided into teams.  They will go to the field on their specified day and time and be randomly divided amongst stations set out by DYS.  Each age division will wear the same color of jersey (i.e. U4=red Timbits jerseys).

The U10 and U12 groups will also use a station based approach to warm-up and then they will play a traditional game.

The U18 groups will play a traditional game.


Testimonial by Christopher Raposo (Bonvital Soccer Club-Manitoba) about this Grassroots Model

Bonivital Soccer Club implemented Canada Soccer’s Preferred Training Model in the summer of 2015. The program initially focused on the 9 and 10 year old groups. Each age group met 1 night a week together with all other teams in the club. Four coaches each ran a station to concentrate on each of the 4 stations. I believe the plan will be to expand the program to the 11 and 12 year old groups this year.


The sessions were super simple to coordinate, organize and run. The kids never sat still, didn’t get bored, and the coaches could really concentrate on one task and make sure the group they had received the right level of attention to ensure they improved that particular technique or skill.

The sessions were planned for the full season so we knew what we had to bring. The club set the schedule and the coach could bring any appropriate session for their assignment. The Canada Soccer practice handbooks came in handy because the drills are specific to each age. There are a couple sample drills for each technique so coaches don’t have to hunt them down. I’ve included a link to them below.–s16879



I’ve also included a link to a video we shot on the first night of our training this summer. We’re lucky to have Rob Gale – Men’s National U20 Head Coach – as a coach with the club so he has really helped us get this stuff together and has been a good ambassador for the program in general.





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