soccer is here to develop youth players on and off the
pitch. United is committed to providing athletes the
opportunity to develop skills essential to positive
growth in the sport of soccer and to inspire each player
to a lifelong enjoyment of the game. Coaches not only
will develop players in the technical, tactical,
physical, and psychological components of the game, they
will also teach the importance of commitment, good
sportsmanship, teamwork, respect for self and others,
and an ability to learn from both winning and losing.
Our United Coaches partners with parents and players to
achieve these goals, realizing that only through
commitment, hard work, and execution will we "win" both
on and off the playing field.
Player Development is the
primary objective of Snohomish United. This development
breaks down into four components: Technical, Tactical,
Physical, and Psychological. As the age level
increases, different components are stressed.
Technical growth: The individual ability to handle the
ball consists of: dribbling, passing, receiving,
shooting, heading, and goal keeping. A solid Technical
foundation increases the players’ ability to understand
the Tactical aspects of the game.
Tactical awareness: A player must understand when to
apply the appropriate technique based on the demands
placed upon them by their opponents. Tactical awareness
is a players understanding of a system of play or
strategy. As a player progresses through age groups,
Tactical play becomes a major component of our teaching.
Physical ability: Soccer is a demanding physical sport,
and each player will need to obtain a certain level of
fitness. A majority of this fitness training takes place
in the actual training exercises. Physical fitness
determines a lot in the game of soccer. When players
become physically tired, they become mentally tired.
When they become mentally tired they can no longer
perform the technical skills needed. When players lose
their technical ability, their tactics disappears.
Psychological understanding: How a player reacts to
certain situations can either help or hurt the overall
team effort. Our goal is to focus on the present. Soccer
is a game of mistakes. This is how we learn. We will
work to focus all of our players energies in a positive
manner, and on things they can control.
Snohomish United strives to be
a World Class soccer program through the development,
progress and growth of our youth players. We want to
prepare our players for the physical, mental and
emotional complexities of the game, as wells as, the
disciplines and responsibilities for life after soccer.