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FOR KIDS BORN BETWEEN 2012 & 2016
As viewers, we are always excited when someone like Messi goes on a mesmerizing dribble, taking defenders out of the game one by one on his way to goal, but if you transport yourself from watching a professional game to watching a U7s game, that dribbling becomes something of an afterthought to many (coaches, teammates, parents, etc.) because it is seen as risky or selfish. So on those sidelines of that U7 game, you will undoubtedly hear coaches, parents, and teammates telling (yelling at) the ball carrier to pass the ball, which is arguably the exact opposite of what players should be encouraged to do at that age.

Instead, they should be encouraged to dribble and develop the abilities that allow them to be comfortable on the ball because as they get older that need to be comfortable on the ball is something that they will have a harder time to get used to, either because the objective and balance of training sessions switches from a focus on technical development and one-ball-one-player approach, to a more collective, tactical approach.
TRAINING APPROACH IN THE "DISCOVER" PHASE
How do we develop a love of the game? How do we make players more comfortable on the ball? How do we develop technical abilities in players?

There is certainly a progression to it all, but logically, at the U4-U8 age groups players will be encouraged to be on the ball as much as possible. All sessions in the Discover Phase will have a ball per player for at least 75% of the training session so they begin to feel comfortable on the ball. Moreover, only a small percentage of the activities designed by the MSB United technical department will include isolated, unopposed situations.

The emphasis will be on exposing our youngest players to a high number of game realistic scenarios, mainly 1v1 situations. Within those 1v1 situations, the focus will be on developing dribbling and scoring (shooting) skills. This fits with the psychological and mental capability profile of these young children, who let’s face it, are rather egocentric. They aren’t able to deal with complex decision making required to know when to dribble, and when and whom to pass. The point is, before we start developing the notion of soccer as a passing game, we must focus on the development of skills that suit where they are mentally and cognitively, like keeping the ball, running with the ball and scoring.
‘My first question is always: Can this player dribble? I only want players who have that skill so that’s always what I look at. I want full backs and central defenders and midfielders and inside forwards and winger who can dribble. Because you can learn control and good passing…So, yeah, dribbling, that’s the key.’ Pep Guardiola - one of the most successful soccer coaches of all times

MSB UNITED PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHASES

The MSB United PDP provides players with age-specific training, preparing them to be successful in game realistic situations. This lays the foundation for them to progress in their journey towards maximizing their potential as soccer players.
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MSB Juniors is our newest program for all kids in the Discover Phase, more specifically the U4-U8 age groups. Within the Discover Phase, the kids will be divided into three main training groups as follows:
KIDS BORN 2015/2016
5 SESSIONS
THURSDAYS 6:00-7:00PM
JULY 30 - AUGUST 27

BEDDINGTON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
(95 BEDDINGTON RD NW)

MSB JUNIORS SHIRT INCLUDED

$75
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KIDS BORN 2013/2014

5 SESSIONS
THURSDAYS 6:00-7:00PM
JULY 30 - AUGUST 27

BEDDINGTON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
(95 BEDDINGTON RD NW)

MSB JUNIORS SHIRT INCLUDED

$75
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KIDS BORN 2012

10 SESSIONS
TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS
6:00-7:00PM
JULY 28 - AUGUST 27
BEDDINGTON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
(95 BEDDINGTON RD NW)

MSB JUNIORS SHIRT INCLUDED

$100
REGISTER TODAY!