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Santa monica Spring Player Development League

Spring Player Development League


Our Commitment to Player Development

  1.  Beach Soccer and sand training is low impact and can help a young player avoid overuse injuries. Training in sand can  increase proprioception (body/muscle awareness), & strength and agility
  2. Beach Soccer's playing surface forces players to work at their aerial game. Passes often go astray as the uneven sand is tricky so the most successful play often comes from chipped passes and volleyed shots. For any young soccer player, these are incredibly important skills to work on as an aerial advantage is crucial in grass soccer as well.  
  3. Perhaps most importantly, playing soccer without shoes forces your feet to really master the art of touch, & you will rapidly see improvements in ball control should you really take to beach soccer.
  4. After a tough game of beach soccer, there is an additional bonus: Now you get to swim!  

US Soccer Federation Promotes 5v5 Format


 Here are some of the reasons why US Soccer believes soccer coaches, administrators and parents must guarantee that our young soccer players play small-sided games:

1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)

2. Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less-complicated decisions during the game! (Tactical development)

3. Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space they are playing in! (Reduced field size)

4. Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! Fewer players on the field and fewer players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to feel worthy and need to feel important)

5. Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)


Spring SMPDL Dates

Saturdays in Santa Monica

Game 1: April 27th, 2019 

Game 2: May 4th, 2019

Game 3: May 11th, 2019

Game 4: May 25th, 2019

Game 5: June 1st, 2019

Game 6: June 8th, 2019

Game 7: June 15th, 2019

Game 8: June  22nd, 2019

**No Game May 18th**

How we are helping players to develop...

  1. Far more meaningful touches of the ball 
  2. Constant transition from attack to defense in all areas of the field
  3. More destabilizing passes attempted in the small-sided game
  4. More 1 v 1 confrontations
  5. Increased opportunities to combine to create overload situations
  6. More chances to finish on goal
  7. Greater technical & tactical skills required by goalkeepers
  8. More distribution decisions made by goalkeepers
  9. Repeated decision making experience by all players
  10. An optimal fitness load appropriate for the off season
  11. More individual responsibility, every player must attack and defend
  12. Freedom of expression 
  13. Less stress on the player when playing the small-sided game
  14. Less negative comments on the small-sided game
  15. More active participation is directly related to fun and enjoyment