West Des Moines Soccer Club

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

West Des Moines Soccer Club is unique in that we have adopted a Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model as our framework for player development. Our Five Stage Player Development Model is an adaptation of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model created by Dr. Istvan Balyi, which illustrates that developing athletes to their full potential is a process that can take eight to twelve years.

The WDM player development model is designed to provide a seamless transition from one stage to the other. It is a framework for age and developmentally appropriate instruction as well as systematic planning for optimal enjoyment, development, and performance in each stage of the developmental process. As illustrated above, WDMSC provides a natural pathway for players to develop from childhood until they graduate from our program. We offer various programs (i.e. Recreational, Academy, Select) with curriculum specifically designed to meet the developmental needs (physical, psychological, emotional, social, and ability) of the players.

Age Group Guide

Effective Fall 2016 statewide in Iowa, players will now be placed in age groups depending on their birth year chart, i.e. 2010 - U10 player, 2009 - U11 player, etc.

BIRTH YEAR SEASONS
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26
2021 4 & under 5 & under
2020 4 & under 5 & under 6 & under
2019 4 & under 5 & under 6 & under 7 & under
2018 4 & under 5 & under 6 & under 7 & under 8 & under
2017 4 & under 5 & under 6 & under 7 & under 8 & under 9 & under
2016 4 & under 5 & under 6 & under 7 & under 8 & under 9 & under 10 & under
2015 4 & under 5 & under 6 & under 7 & under 8 & under 9 & under 10 & under 11 & under
2014 4 & under 5 & under 6 & under 7 & under 8 & under 9 & under 10 & under 11 & under 12 & under
2013 5 & under 6 & under 7 & under 8 & under 9 & under 10 & under 11 & under 12 & under 13 & under
2012 6 & under 7 & under 8 & under 9 & under 10 & under 11 & under 12 & under 13 & under 14 & under
2011 7 & under 8 & under 9 & under 10 & under 11 & under 12 & under 13 & under 14 & under 15 & under
2010 8 & under 9 & under 10 & under 11 & under 12 & under 13 & under 14 & under 15 & under 16 & under
2009 9 & under 10 & under 11 & under 12 & under 13 & under 14 & under 15 & under 16 & under 17 & under
2008 10 & under 11 & under 12 & under 13 & under 14 & under 15 & under 16 & under 17 & under 18 & under
2007 11 & under 12 & under 13 & under 14 & under 15 & under 16 & under 17 & under 18 & under 19 & under
2006 12 & under 13 & under 14 & under 15 & under 16 & under 17 & under 18 & under 19 & under
2005 13 & under 14 & under 15 & under 16 & under 17 & under 18 & under 19 & under
2004 14 & under 15 & under 16 & under 17 & under 18 & under 19 & under
2003 15 & under 16 & under 17 & under 18 & under 19 & under
2002 16 & under 17 & under 18 & under 19 & under
2001 17 & under 18 & under 19 & under
2000 18 & under 19 & under
1999 19 & under
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