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Coaches/Players Curriculum Info

The Douglas Axmen Soccer Club (DASC) is affiliated and is governed by both Midland Area Youth Soccer (MAYS) and Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). In addition, DASC  falls under the larger umbrella of both US Soccer Federation (USSF) and US Youth Soccer (USYS). Through these affiliations, the DASC has adopted the US Youth Soccer Player Development Model ("PDM"). The PDM provides a coaching curriculum for age groups Under-6 to Under-19. The PDM curriculum is designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer's 55 member State Associations and more than 5,500 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.

"The US Youth Soccer Player Development Model was a team effort by coaches and administrators from across the United States," said Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching. " It will provide not only direction for age appropriate training and matches, but will also give the facts behind the developmental format. I'm confident the Player Development Model will prove to be useful to soccer clubs of every size and level of play for many years to come."

The Player Development Model features a simple structure to guide all coaches through the steps of strategically training players and preparing for matches. For ease of application, the model is broken into sections for preteen and teenaged players. When used in conjunction with the US Youth Soccer Vision and Skills School Manual, the Player Development Model will provide clubs of all levels guidance and information to assist their coaches and players.

The link for the PDM is

Once on the website, not only can you view the PDM but you can also see specific practice plans for the different age groups.