Sam Snow, Director of Coaches for US Youth Soccer, circulated an email today containing the Player Development Model for use by clubs, coaches, trainers, etc., from US Youth Soccer. The title says it all – it is a PLAYER Development Model, not a Team Development Model. One of the big challenges to the growth of highly skilled, technical, creative soccer players is too much emphasis on team results early (and too much emphasis on results early). When teams and results are elevated as primary importance, the development of the players takes back seat. Rather, teams do what they need to do to win, not necessarily develop their players.
I have posted some sections of this before – you can check the blogroll.