Arkansas United Individual Development Program (IDP) is for players with a strong desire to further enhance their abilities and love for the game. It provides a training emphasis on technical proficiency by choosing small-sided training activities that reward ball mastery and player confidence in attack-minded play while being observed and overseen by professional coaches.
This program will provide players an opportunity to focus on technical and tactical development in an appropriate training environment with less commitment, money, travel and time than travel soccer. Social, physical, and cognitive development, as well as technical development, will be the priorities each session.
Each session will culminate with small-sided games. Players will be coached to improve in several areas. The three most important areas are technical ability, speed, and character.
● Can a player handle the ball technically under pressure and in tight spaces?
● Pure Speed – Is the player fast from point A to B?
● Technical Speed – Can the player handle the ball under pressure?
● Tactical Speed – Can the player make fast decisions with and without the ball?
● Does the player like to compete?
● Is he/she a positive influence on the group?
● Does the player possess a high work rate?
● Does the player bring passion and energy to the game?
Why Small Side Games?
The goal of IDP is by using 3v3/4v4 small sided games we will eventually recreate the playing environments for our children in which the world’s greatest players first learned and developed the skill required to be top-level performers:
Statistics do not lie - Taken From Manchester United Pilot Scheme
On Average 4v4 versus 7v7 had:
When: IDP exists three seasons per year. The Fall season lasts 8 weeks from early September to late October. The Spring season lasts 8 weeks from mid-March to mid-May, and Summer Session lasts 8 weeks from early June to late July.
How much does it cost? Each player pays a $105 fee to play in the ADP per season, in addition.
Players may sign up for one season, or all three, however, IDP players are expected to attend all practices. IDP players must also participate in Rec soccer, but ADP should not conflict, in the event of any exceptions, your Rec team takes precedence. IDP players may not participate in travel soccer. AUSC makes a commitment to our professional coaching staff and its players. We expect IDP players and families to be fully committed each season as well.
Arkansas United Soccer Club formerly known as Little Rock Futbol Club has been a 501c3 nonprofit youth organization serving our community since 1980. Our principal mission is the promotion of youth soccer. We strive to instill a love for the game in each of our players and to provide an atmosphere where each player may participate and progress according to his or her interest and ability. We take great pride in developing our players as athletes, students and responsible young men and women. Our players form life-long friendships with their club mates, acquire leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship skills that ultimately prepare them for life beyond soccer.