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Northeast Louisiana Soccer Association

Player Development Model

Player Development Model

Style of Play 

All teams and players are encouraged to play with imagination and creativity when attacking and to be organized with a competitive manner when defending. 


The pre-academy teams are coached by the NELSA voluntary coaches to help with an earlier identification and transition into our U9/10 Academy.  Soccer NELSA Academy Program (SNAP). The purpose is to create a safe, enjoyable environment for players to learn. SNAP is broken into three levels of development. NELSA Players will have the opportunity to play in our in house Recreational League on Saturdays. Academy (Elite) players will participate in the Player Development Friendlies (PDF) on Sundays.

Balanced Player Development 

1. Developmental:
Stage One:  First Kick’s U4-U6 Introductory level training. Fun with the ball, development of coordination and mobility. NELSA licensed coaches and travel players will help warm up players and run games each Saturday morning.

Stage Two: Technical Training U7-U8 Technical skill development. Mastering the ball and problem solving. Recreational coaches are invited to bring their teams to DOC Development Practices. Generally run mid-week.

Stage Three: U9 - U10 Advanced technical training and league play either (PDF). Mastering the ball and introduction into small sided tactical instruction. Academy teams formed to enter nearby tournaments ie Vicksburg/Shreveport.

2. Travel Teams
(Transitional) Ages 11-13. Increased technical training, introduce competitive mentality, basic tactical awareness, a team first mentality, player responsibility.  NELSA Travel teams formed after try out to play LSCL games Fall and Spring.


3. Competitive
Ages 14-16 Master techniques, strengthen core of the body, advanced team tactics, understand individual roles, and player accountability. Travel Teams will play LSCL games if C1 or C2, otherwise they will become Tournament Only.

4. Advanced
Ages 16-18 Physical maturity, tactically astute, life decisions, college preparation, advanced levels of play Club Philosophy and Player Development Model. Travel Teams will play LSCL games if C1 or C2, otherwise they will become Tournament Only.