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The purpose of the Portsmouth Youth Soccer Association is to provide the opportunity for youth to participate and develop their potential through organized, high quality recreational and competitive soccer and to instill in all participants the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, fair play, and physical fitness. 


The PYSA goals evolve with player age and are designed to support long-term player development. All coaches are advised to incorporate the following age-appropriate goals into their training program.

Love to Play (U6)

The foundation goal for all new players is to love the game. Practices are set up to be fun while teaching basic soccer skills and movements. Activity games (e.g., sharks and minnows) and small 3v3 games with no goalies are used to allow players to get many touches of the ball and games are played on smaller fields where young players can feel excited by their achievements. 

Learn to Play (U8)

The next goal is for players to learn the core skills and rules to play the game. While players are generally ready for a more structured approach to training, activity games and having fun are still an important focus of this age group. Coaches should always provide equal playing opportunities to ensure players are learning every position on the field (not just their favorite) and getting equal playing time. The focus is developing the individual player skills.

Train to Play (U10)

As players continue to develop individual skills, the next goal is to build team strength and dynamics through focused training that incorporates more complex combinations of skills and tactics. Coaches should continue to provide equal playing opportunities with the focus remaining on developing individual player skills. In addition, the concept of playing with a teammate is introduced. 

Play to Compete (U12 to U19)

This phase of development builds from the previous goals as players learn to translate their individual passions and skills into team success. As the individual skill development intensifies with complexity, so does the tactical team concepts. Coaches continue to provide adequate playing opportunities, but at their discretion may also increase playing time for players who exemplify positive qualities

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