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Player Development Framework

All Competitive Soccer teams follow Tonka United's Player Development Framework.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

  • Player Development Philosophy
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Style of Play
  • Key Player Qualities
  • Training Session Framework

View the Player Development Framework below. 

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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.

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EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

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

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STYLE OF PLAY

Tonka United's Style of Play is ball possession through good possession habits to create decision making opportunities to better understand the game. When we lose the ball, it is vital for our players to get it back immediately (5-second rule) with proactive and high pressure defending. When we win the ball back, we show the value in retaining possession by focusing on “connecting the first pass.” 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.

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KEY PLAYER QUALITIES

  • Good Possession Habits
  • Game Understanding & Good Decision Making
  • Focus & Engagement to Learn
  •  Strong Work Ethic (& Grit)
  • Resilience and Positive Mindset
  • Optimal Physical Ability 
  • Confidence & Composure on the Ball
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TRAINING SESSION FRAMEWORK


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