The Foundation Phase

Boys & Girls Phase Leader:

Foundation Phase Coaching Team:

Tom Clubley
Marikaye DeTemple
Marissa Salisbury

Boys & Girls Programs

Foundation Phase 1 - U8, U9, U10

$1,250.00 per year

Foundation Phase 2 - U11, U12

$1,950.00 per year

** Sibling discounts available upon request - contact

Foundation Phase 2022-2023

U8, U9, U10 (2015, 2014, 2013 birth years): Foundation Phase 1 (FP1)

Mid- August - Nov 1st

* Evening Mini-Camp August 8th-11th

* Training 2 x per week

* 6-8 games internal league 5v5 and 7v7

Nov - Dec
Jan- Feb
Feb- March
April -June

U11, U12 (2012, 2011 birth years): Foundation Phase 2 (FP2)

Mid- August - Nov 1st

* Evening Mini-Camp August 8th-11th

* Training 2 x per week

* 6-8 games - PAWest league

Nov - Dec
Jan- Feb
Feb- March
April -June

* Details of each program subject to slight change.

Additional Programming Opportunities

1 On 1 Training

$60 /per session

Contact phase leader to book a time

Small Group Training

$15 /per session

Contact phase leader to book a time

This is the entry level phase to the program.

We focus on technical excellence in the Foundation Phase. This is achieved through the game itself -- utilizing small-sided games as the cornerstone to training. We create scenarios where 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?

Phase Focus:

At this phase, we highly value technical skill development. It is our goal to make your child a master of the ball and give them the confidence to be calm when challenged with the ball at their feet. The below chart gives you an idea of how this is weighted. At the core of this is the idea that developing a soccer player “is a marathon, not a sprint."

Pillars of the Game:


  • U8/9/10: (75%) Emphasis on moves, foot skills, & creativity
  • U11/12: (60%) Begin to introduce passing & first touch


  • U8/9/10: (5%) Introduce support play/positioning
  • U11/12: (20%)


  • U8/9/10: (10%) Agility & Coordination exercises, whole body motor function, connecting the brain and the body
  • U11/12: (10%)


  • U8/9/10: (10%) Focus on engaging players through questioning; develop problem-solving & decision making
  • U11/12: (10%)

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