Alliance League

The Alliance Mission

We strive to develop players with mastery of fundamental soccer skills who have a solid foundation of basic soccer decision-making. Accomplishing this goal creates players with the foundation necessary to compete at the next level of play.

Typical Competitive Soccer Models across the heartland

  • Most clubs offer a Recreation, Academy, and Select level division. Recreation is their designed entry level. Problem is Recreation players go unnoticed, often times don’t progress and get bored and quit the game, before the next years tryouts begin.
  • For competitive teams tryouts are held once a year. Starting as young as U9 now in what is deemed an Academy program.
  • Team development is prioritized. Meaning results matter.
  • Quickest ways to win – Top players more important
  • No rewards for the developing player – typically those players have to seek new teams the following year or new coaches to continue their pathway in soccer.
  • Cost are $800-$1,500.00 per player per year.
  • Teams are coached by paid coaches that are usually only required to have an F License.
  • Winning is how results are measured and promoted as a successful soccer development.

 

Springfield Soccer and the USSSA Alliance Model

  • Individual development prioritized
  • Player’s development over team development.
  • Players have pathways to progression.
  • Keeping cost in check is a priority.
  • Team records are not kept.
  • W.I.N. Training model used
    • “What’s Important Now”
    • Focus on building skill based soccer players. Not winning based teams.
    • The only results we are focused on is individual progression.

Why the Alliance Model?

  • Almost 80% of kid’s quite soccer before they are 13 years old today. Mostly it’s because they have become disconnected from the sport for a variety of reasons, but more often than not it’s because they lack the skills necessary to play the game.
  • They were always coached by coaches that prioritized team development over individual development.
  • They had no soccer progression from the time they started to the time they decided to exit.
  • Parents based their success on whether they were on the winning team or not.
  • Cost became a factor. (One of the biggest problems in the youth game today)

GRASS ROOTS is where it all Begins!

Little Legends (U5-6) – Designed to be the starting base for players to begin their careers. Little Legends is designed to give kids the opportunity to experience the game of soccer. We want kids to begin to learn basic soccer skills, play random gams that create fun environments for them and finish every training session off with mini games. Little Legends is a 5-6 week program with sessions once a week. As kids progress, some may be asked to participate in some games with organized teams throughout the season. We want to create a environment that isn’t negative or focused on forming team based soccer models. We don’t participate in any kind of league style models at this age. We want to mix kids up and just play soccer. Make them problem solve. Learn a new skill or two each week and apply them in the games at the end of the training session. Parent participation is encouraged, but not a requirement. Little Legends is a place where both players and parents can learn some of the basic foundation of what their player will build their soccer playing careers from

Alliance Soccer League and Training Model – (U7-12)

  • Currently, all kids participate in some level or form of the Alliance model.
  • Individual Development is priority
  • All players develop
  • Roster movement throughout the year. Some players will be allowed to move up throughout the year when available to increase their personal challenge.
  • Training more important than games. (skill development)
  • W.I.N. training model and game models allow for optimal development for ages 7-12.
  • Training sessions are held two nights a week and on some weekends. Popular nights for training sessions are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Games are designed to be a teaching environment for the players, coaches and parents.
  • Play dates are scheduled among other Alliance Club Members throughout the season. 6-7 games are played each season. Some doubleheader weekends are possible.
  • Typically, games are played on Saturdays or Sundays. Occasionally, a weeknight might be needed especially, if there are multiple weather related cancelations or postponements.
  • Records are not kept.
  • Teams are encouraged to play in tournaments and festivals throughout each season to gain valuable competitive fundamentals and to help measure individual progression.
  • Tournaments and camps are extra cost, but highly encouraged.
  • Alliance Uniform Sets are required: Grey Shirt, Red Shirt, Grey Shorts, and Grey Socks are required. (Check out uniform order site for more details).
  • Players and families should understand that this program is to be part of a team structure. Therefore, commitment and attendance should reflect what it means to be a team member

Commitment Level

  • Players and families should understand that this program is to be part of a team structure. Therefore, commitment and attendance should reflect what it means to be a team member

OK, where excited about soccer, so what will we need to do next?

  • Choose the pathway that fits your player best. Currently, SSC offers Alliance Training opportunities for ages 5-12. Click the registration button on the home page to learn more about cost and requirements.

What will our players need?

All Players will need to have

  • Soccer Ball – Size 3 (Ages 5-8), Size 4, (Ages 9-12) or Size 5 (Ages 13 and up)
  • Water Bottle.
  • Shin Guards.
  • Soccer Cleats or Tennis Shoes.
  • Appropriate Soccer Uniform for their age. (Visit our site after registering to order uniforms)
  • Alliance Teams will train twice a week at the complex.

Each age group will practice as follows:

  • U5/U6 –Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm
  • U7 – Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
  • U8 – Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
  • U9 – Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
  • U10 – Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
  • U11 – Mondays 6:00-7:30pm
  • U12 – Mondays 6:00-7:30pm
  • U13 – 15 Mondays & Fridays 6:00-7:30pm
  • U13- 15  Mondays & Fridays 6:00-730pm

Alliance League Games begin on April 06, 2019, and are played at the following sites:

  • Springfield Soccer Complex
  • Council Bluffs Soccer Complex
  • Various Lincoln Elementary sites across the Lincoln area.
  • South Omaha

Alliance League Game Times

  • Game times on Saturdays will begin at 9:00am and go through 4:30pm
  • Game Times on Sundays will begin at 1:00pm and go through 5:30pm

 

Questions: Contact the Director of Coaching Kurt Schanou @ kurt@ssap.org