East Site - Foundation Phase (U8-U12)

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Bri Guy

Foundation Phase Boys & Girls Programs

The Foundation Phase focuses on technical excellence & giving players the greatest opportunity and guidance to fall in love with the game.

This is achieved through utilizing small-sided games as the cornerstone to training. Players are forced to make decisions founded on their technical skillset. This way practices are fun and the learning is deeper and disguised within the game.

Overall, our coaching approach is similar to gardening -- 'we cannot force plants to grow, all we can do is provide the conditions for the growth and they will flourish’. Our soccer practices are the same way and revolve around a simple checklist of must-haves:

  • Does it look like the game?
  • Is it fun?
  • Does the session inspire players to train outside of practice?

Foundation Phase U8 - U12 – 2023-24

2016/15, 2014, 2013, 2012 birth years

Foundation Phase 1 (FP1) U8 - U10

 $1,600.00 per year  2016/15 birth year

$1,700.00 per year 2014 birth year


Foundation Phase 1 (FP1) competes primarily in the PPCR - a regional development league competing in 5v5 and 7v7 matches in the fall and spring.

In the winter they train primarily indoors (futsal).

U10 (2014 birth year) ---> 1 Additional Tournament in Fall or Spring

Fall (Aug-Oct)
Winter 1 (Nov-Dec)
Winter 2 ( Jan-Feb)
Spring (March-June)

Foundation Phase 2 (FP1) U11- U12

$2,200.00 per year 2013 & 2012 birth year



Foundation Phase 2 (FP2) competes in the PAWest leagues in the fall and spring season.

In the winter they train primarily indoors (futsal).

Throughout the year they will train in a regional session with each site across the club.

U11 and U12 compete in 1 tournament in the fall and 1 in the spring season.

*U12 Blue Team will compete in PA West President's Cup (fall) or State Cup (spring)

Fall (Aug-Oct)
Winter 1 (Nov-Dec)
Winter 2 ( Jan-Feb)
Spring (March-June)

* Details of each program subject to slight change.

** Sibling discounts available upon request - contact playeraccounts@hotspurs-soccer.com

Additional Programming Opportunities

Private or small group training

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