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Thorns Junior Premier Program: Birth Years 2010 – 2006

The Thorns Junior Premier 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 provides opportunities to move players throughout the year to provide maximum chances and ensure 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) plus both State and Regional events depending on the level of the group.

Program Structure

Program Length: 10.5 month program, August – June

Club Camp: Portland Thorns—Missouri Academy Camp

Training Sessions: 2 x 60 minute sessions per week Fall/Spring 1 x 60 minute session per week Winter Training

Game Structure: 7v7 / 9v9 – Thorns has a system & style of play implemented across the club

League Play: St Louis Youth Soccer Association League (SLYSA: www.slysa.org) Games are played mostly on weekends, some weekday evenings.

Tournaments: Team will typically play local tournaments within Missouri – they may play one or two out of state tournaments per year.

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