8U-12U Showcase Format

      "Sportsmanship, Enjoyment, and Development"

      At our Academy ages we are committed to placing players and teams into appropriate environments that foster individual and team development. In our 8U-12U age groups there are a number of available tournaments, which they will soon compete in at the appropriate age, but we feel providing a 'festival' atmosphere that encourages taking chances as a team, as a coach and as a player is most beneficial to their soccer development at this early stage.

      What is a "showcase" format?

      • All teams have a set number of games to play during the weekend
      • All opponents are known before the start of the games
      • Teams will not have a semi-final or final in this format

      Why play in a "showcase" setting?

      • Coaches are more incentivized to play all their players equally and experiment with players in different positions.
      • Coaches are able to adjust tactics and observe the game without the pressure of a 'must win' environment
      • Coaches are encouraged to place players on different teams and give kids a different game day experience
      • Players feel more comfortable taking chances and being creative without the thought of costing their team a shot at the title
      • Parents are able to focus on their player and the game being played and avoid 'scoreboard' watching

      How is a "showcase" competitive?

      • Teams are required to list their 'competitive level' during registration so teams are placed against like competition and in an appropriate division.
      • Players have a natural desire to compete so coaches are still encouraged to foster this competitive edge during the games to play at their highest level.
      • Results matter. This may mean measuring your individual players and team against their own soccer ability and standards instead of a score line. 

      • Displayed Best Sportmanship *
      • Displayed Best Style of Play **
      • Displayed Best Fans Support *
      • Division Champion and Finalist Medals (13U-16U)
      *Voted by Referee 
      ** Voted by Event Committee 

      • Golden Boot - Most goals scored 
      • Golden Glove - Goalkeeper  
      • Young Female Player 
      • Young Male Player
      *Voted by Event Committee 

      Is important piece to making this soccer experience one to remember. What can you expect:
      • Players only area - Get focused on your game and prepare as well as you can in a players' only zone.
      • Spectators area - Creating the appropriate space for parents to watch and cheer the players on while allowing the players and the officials enough space for the game to be the main event, not the sidelines. 
      • Food Truck Showcase - Local vendors will temp you with their best bites and a winner will be crowned.
      • Street Soccer Cages - Street soccer approach to prove yourself in the toughest of challenges! Winner stays!
      • Players Lounge - Sit back, relax, and hydrate while watching English Premier League games or FIFA with a friend on PS4! 
      • Bouncy Castles - Siblings may not be playing soccer but they can still have fun! 

    • Words of Support
      Positive decision by @DaphneRangersAc @gflores_10 focusing on player development before tournaments from ages 8-12. Takes the pressure off players, parents, coaches and will allow for creativity without the pressure of winning.That will all come later when technique will matter 
      Gary Lewis - Academy Director at Seatlle Sounders - Former Academy Coach at Philadelphia Union and Liverpool Academy
      Just a quick word to say I’m impressed with the decision to avoid tournament play as much as possible.  It is a brave decision we need more club directors to take and put the needs of players above those of the adults and the club.  This is truly a players-first approach to be commended and one that will have positive long-term effects on player development at your club 

      I wish you and the club my best in furthering the development of the Alabama youth soccer player.  Let me know if you need any support as you are sure to face opposition to this decision.  I can help be another voice that informs and inspires those who need help understanding how player needs are unique and different from what the typical youth sports environment creates. 
      Kevin Laux, Technical Director at Alabama Soccer Association

      Young players need freedom to be creative and make mistakes, this is how they become better technical players and better decision makers. A Development environment instead of a win at all costs environment is vitally important to achieve this. Well done, Daphne Rangers and Coach G. Flores.
      Greg Stat Academy Operations Manager at Rangers Football Club. UEFA A License Coach. Glasgow, Scotland.
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