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Thorns Development Program: Birth Years 2013 - 2011

The Thorns Development Program has a tailored curriculum that will provide players with a fun, energetic and competitive environment focused on individual player development while learning the Thorns style of play.

Our teams at this age group are very fluid, with changes in rosters from season-to-season. At this stage of a young player’s development, there are many variables that can enhance or impact development, and we want to ensure that our players are given the necessary support and time to be able to reach their full potential.

While we fully understand how ‘winning’ can positively affect player development, it is a by-product of a solid technical-tactical base and of a club’s player development philosophy.

Our on and off field coaching connectivity provide our players opportunities to move players throughout the year to provide maximum chances and ensures players are placed in the right environment to maximize their development. Players are split based on ability, attitude, commitment to the game and what Thorns think is best for the player’s development.

Our teams will compete in the St Louis Youth Soccer Association League (SLYSA: www.slysa.org) or St Charles County Youth Soccer Association (SCCYSA).

Program Structure

Program Length: 10.5 month program, August – June

Club Camp: Portland Thorns—Missouri Academy Camp

Training Sessions: 1 or 2 x 60 minute sessions per week Fall/Spring (team decision)
                                         1 x 60 minute session per week Winter

League Games: Games are played mostly on weekends, some weekday evenings (SLYSA or SCCYSA as appropriate)

Tournaments: Team may play 1 or 2 local tournaments per year within the local area.



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