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Key Qualities of a Tonka United Player (What we Look for and Develop)

  1. Possession Habits (focused on ball retention)
  2. Game Understanding and Good Decision Making
  3. Work Ethic to Win! (GRIT = determination, resourcefulness, creativity, adaptability)
  4. Speed of Play = Technical/Tactical
  5. Resilience = optimism, emotional control, mistakes are growth opportunities
  6. Composure = Confidence with the Ball
  7. Responsibility = Accountable for own development and performance
  8. Athleticism = speed, strength, power, agility

Player Development Philosophy

Tonka United's Player Development Philosophy is to create an enjoyable and game-like soccer environment focused on ball possession, where children can learn to read and understand the game through multiple decision-making situations with the ultimate goal of creating confident players who love to play the game.

Our Educational Philosophy

To teach life skills through soccer.
...through the lens of Tonka United's key player qualities: good habits, decision making, work ethic, passion, anticipation, resilience, confidence and responsibility.

Our Style of Play

Our proactive style of play teaches our players to be confident on the ball and to be courageous in the quest for ball retention dominance. We create cognitive soccer players who read & understand the game better than their opponents. We see the game through a multi-directional ball possession approach.  When we lose the ball, it is vital for our players to get the ball back immediately - the 5-second rule - with proactive and high pressure defending. When we win the ball back, we focus to “connect the first pass” and maintain possession. Our style of play demands our players learn to solve problems, learn from mistakes, and make autonomous decisions to further grow and develop as a soccer player. 

Methodology - 5P

 
  1. Possession (Rondos). Possession Habits is the technical foundation. This is done through Conceptual Rondo’s (U10+) and confidence on the ball activities (U6-U12).
  2.  Pressing creates a mentality to get the ball back in transition to ultimately dictate possession. The 5-second rule utilized in our training environments will increase speed of play, competitiveness, fitness output, game-like intensity.
  3.  Positional/Functional Play allows for our players to learn and understand the game and make good decisions with teammates in a reality-based soccer environment.
  4.  Play-Based methodology allows us to help players Read & Understand the Game, through training sessions based on the 5 elements of a training activity.
  5.  Player Engagement is key to learning, enjoyment, making soccer cool, and keeping players in the game.
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