West Des Moines Soccer Club

COMPETITIVE SOCCER

WDMSC Competitive Soccer Programs

WDMSC offers 3 levels of competitive soccer programs: Academy, Select and Sporting Iowa.


Academy

Academy soccer is often used as a bridge from WDMSC Development Soccer program to WDMSC Select Soccer program for players 7 to 10 years of age. Academy soccer is more competitive than recreational soccer and it emphasizes improving skills and prepares players for select soccer. Although players do not have to play academy soccer to move on to select soccer, academy programs train players to be prepared for a more competitive environment.


Select

Select, or club soccer, is for players ages 11-18. This program is for passionate players who want to compete at a higher level. Players must try out for a team and are not guaranteed a spot year after year. Select soccer usually requires travel throughout the state and region. If your child is interested in playing high school soccer, it's important that they have experience playing select soccer. Select soccer and high school soccer work together with alternating seasons. The combination of high school and select soccer is great for preparing players for college soccer by providing exposure and experience.


Sporting Iowa

Two of Iowa's most iconic youth soccer clubs, West Des Moines Soccer Club, and Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club have joined forces with Sporting Kansas City to form the tenth Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network and the only one in the state of Iowa. In a unique partnership, the two clubs will join their boys and girls U15 - U18 programs under the new brand Sporting Iowa.

 
U9/U10 Academy

WDMSC Academy

The 9U / 10U WDMSC Academy program is phase three of our Long-Term Player Development Pathway and acts a pre-cursor to the WDMSC Select program. The Academy program is a critical in our Player Development Model as it provides players with weekly training by our professional coaching staff. The intent behind offering two levels of play (Academy and Recreational) at 9U/10U is to provide players with the opportunity to play with and against players of similar ability and commitment and at a level where they will experience the most success and enjoyment.

The 2018-19 Academy program is open to any player (boys and girls born between 2009-2010) who have a desire to further develop their soccer skills and receive professional training. Special request for players playing up must be approved by the Academy Director of Coaching. The Academy structure will follow the guidelines established by the Iowa Soccer Association.

Academy v Recreational - How to choose

The difference between participating in an Academy program or Recreational program lies in the level of investment, commitment and interest of the players and their families. To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in an Academy Program. If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to the Academy level of play. However, it should be noted that during a player's soccer development they may move back and forth between Academy and Recreational play.

  • Demonstrates a solid technical foundation (control, dribbling, and shooting)
  • Physically stronger than most players within their age group
  • Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
  • High level of coordination and good agility
  • During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
  • During games tends to dominate the play
  • Demonstrates high level of passion and concentration during practices and games
  • Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities they are involved in
  • Soccer is a high priority and they have a passion to play
  • Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices
  • 10U player who will try-out for the 11U competitive age group in the following year.

What to Expect

  • Practice:Players will have the opportunity to train three nights per week; twice under the direction of the professional coaching staff and one session with a qualified parent coach. Training sessions last approximately 60-75 minutes in duration. A flexible training schedule will be created to accommodate multi-sport activity participants. Players also train one night per week during the winter.
  • Games:Academy teams will play in the Iowa Soccer Academy league and play approximately 6-8 matches. Academy matches are played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Academy clubs must still follow recreational play guidelines, such as 50% playing time in matches. The emphasis is placed on creating an environment that is focused on individual development as opposed to team development.
  • Festivals:In addition to the league matches, the teams will also, participate in no more than 2 tournaments (festivals) per season.
  • Coaching Staff:Parent coaches must attend a National Youth Module Course and/or a USSF 'E' License course in order to participate in the training and coaching of the players at matches.
  • Team Formation:In accordance with ISA rules, teams are restructured from the fall season to the spring season to ensure that our focus remains on the individual.
  • Cost:The cost of the program is $275 per season or $500 if you register for the entire year starting in the fall.

Please contact Director of Academy with any questions.

 
U11-U14 Select

WDMSC Select Program

The WDMSC select programs represents phase 3, 4, and 5 of our Long-Term Player Development Model. During this phase, players are placed on to developmentally appropriate teams that best suit their stage of development, abilities, aims, and desires - the selection process. The main objectives for each age group within our Select program are listed below. The West Des Moines Soccer Club is built on a very specific identity and culture. "The WDM Way" serves as a symbol to communicate the six core values that help shape the clubs overall identity and culture. These core values are what help to guide the behavior and expectation of all players, parents and coaches at the club.

Program Philosophy:

"Developing the player and their game understanding"

Developmental principles overview:

11U-13U

  • The focus of training is still on development; players' natural desire to win on the field should be fostered by coaches, training is focused on player development, not on "winning".
  • During this stage, players within our select program will be more identified as a "committed" player. This commitment should be reflected in the player being self motivated, being able to work toward individual and collective goals.
  • As player's skills and game competencies develop, technical-tactical development becomes more emphasized.
  • There is an increased emphasis on refining technical skills which promote improvements in concentration, training habits and game understanding.
  • In the later stages of this phase, the objective now is to progressively develop physical qualities such as strength, power and anaerobic speed and endurance.
  • During this stage, players enter peak height velocity (PHV: the growth spurt associated with the onset of puberty); therefore coaches have to differentiate between early, normal, and late maturing payers.
  • Whilst a player could be 13 years old chronologically, they can be physically still be 11 (late mature) or 16 (early mature).
  • It is essential to regulate the training and numbers of games of the individual at this stage, balancing the demands put on players is essential as players are approached to play for club, school, State, and Regional ODP squads.

*Note: The focus of training is still on development: player's natural desire to win on the field should be fostered by the coaches, but training should not be focused on preparing teams to win, but on developing the individual player technically and their tactical game awareness

Game format:

Players progress from 9 v 9 (12U) to 11v11 (13U). Player's plays in a basic league schedule and league standings or results are recorded. All players are encouraged to explore playing in various positions to help with their overall game understanding and development. For select players, the season moves towards year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods, and appropriate training to competition ratios.

14U

  • The focus of training is still on development; players' natural desire to win on the field should be fostered by coaches, but training should not be focused on 'winning' but on developing player's individual and collective performance.
  • The players within our select program are often more identified as a "committed" player. This commitment should be reflected in the player being self motivated and increased responsibility for their growth and development and training habits.
  • Coaching instruction continues to emphasis the importance of technical excellence, and developing a sound tactical base.
  • Advanced techniques are presented to those players who are capable, and the skills are presented within an environment with pressure and with positional specificity.
  • Near the end of this phase, tactical training focuses on developing tasks per unit (defense, midfield and forwards) and positional awareness through small-sided games.
  • There is an increased emphasis on refining technical skills and training loads, which promote improvements in concentration, training habits and game understanding.
  • In the later stages of this phase, the objective is to address the two critical periods of physical development namely the aerobic base and strength of players. It should be noted that both aerobic and strength trainability is dependent on maturation levels and not solely chronological age
  • Although lessened, coaches still have to differentiate between early, normal, and late maturing payers.
  • It is essential to regulate the training and numbers of games of the individual at this stage, balancing the demands put on players is essential as players are approached to play for club, school, State, and Regional ODP squads.

Game format:

Players play 11v11. Player's plays in a basic league schedule and league standings or results are recorded. All players are encouraged to explore playing in various positions to help with their overall game understanding and development. For select players, the season moves towards year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods, and appropriate training to competition ratios.

 
U15-U19 Sporting Iowa

For more information on U15-U19 Sporting Iowa, visit https://www.sportingiowasoccer.org/.