The Corvallis Method

CSC Development Plan

Our mission is to develop players and build teams who compete at their highest level. We strive to provide the best coaching available, and to promote the physical, mental, and social development of the Club’s youth through soccer.

“We develop players who…
Understand the game,
Make their own choices,
Are technically and emotionally sound.”

Attitude - Culture - Competition

Competition
Phase

Tactical
Phase

Development 2
Phase

Development 1
Phase

Academy
Phase

Competition Phase Age 15-18

Development Emphasis: Learn How to Win

The final phase of player preparation aims to maximize player performance in all aspects of the game. Training is characterized by high intensity and relatively high volume with frequent periods of rest.

Tactical Development

Ability to improvise within game situations, Independent decision-making, Development of effective competition strategies and ability to adjust within games. Maintenance of physical capabilities with the view of maximizing performance, Well-developed, refined and individualized mental skills and routines.

Player Metrics & Competencies

  • Players should be able to play one and two-touch soccer.
  • Players should be confident in the 1 vs. 1 duel, both defensively, as well as offensively.
  • Players should understand the concepts and purpose of possession games.
  • Players should show tactical understanding of defensive and attacking concepts.
  • Players should show a willingness to work individually on deficiencies.

Pathway

Portland Timbers/Thorns

Additional Information

Tactical Phase Age 13-14

Development Emphasis: Problem Solving

Expanding player understanding of the game as much as the players technical and game maturity will allow. Developing tactical concepts of the game while continuing to develop technical abilities. Whole team tactical concepts and strategies are introduced. Training sessions become more tactically complex and nuanced, covering various formations, strategies and tactics.

Tactical Development

Formation & Style of Play. Players will learn to play in various formations: 4-3-3, 4-5-1, 4-4-2. Players will learn to play an Attacking/Possession based style of soccer.

Player Metrics & Competencies

  • The U13/14 player should be able to pass and receive.
  • Players should be able to dribble, change directions, show different moves.
  • Players should be comfortable in the 5 vs. 2 possession game.
  • Players should be able to play one and two-touch soccer.
  • Players should be able to understand the principles of movement off the ball and checking to the ball.
  • Players should be able to find the open player.

Pathway

  • Academy Teams U14/U16/U18
  • Portland Timbers/Thorns
  • Pre-Academy Teams (ODP) U11-U15

Additional Information

Development Phase 2 Age 11-12

Development Emphasis: Perfect the Training Environment

Increased training load and specificity from Development Phase I. Focus of training is to improve soccer-specific skills, soccer intelligence, small group tactics and general club style of play. Players begin to understand the results of focused and dedicated training. Promote the continued growth of ball skill, an increasing game awareness and an appreciation for taking calculated risks in the attack through the 3 v 3 to 9 v 9 game model.

Tactical Development

Principles of Attacking: Penetration, providing support, movement off the ball, width & depth, and improvisation/creativity. Principles of Defending: pressure & cover, delaying, balance/team shape, compactness, control & restraint (not diving in), and counter attack.

Player Metrics & Competencies

  • Players should be able to shoot the ball high and low, inside, outside and with the laces.
  • Players should be able to receive and control the ball with their feet, thigh and chest.
  • Players should be able to dribble the ball and run with the ball.
  • Players should be able to know what to do in a 1 vs. 1 duel, both defensively as well as offensively.
  • Players should understand the concepts of the 3 vs. 1 and 4 vs. 2 possession games.
  • Players should be able to demonstrate basic Coerver moves.

Pathway

  • Portland Timbers/Thorns
  • Pre-Academy Teams (ODP) U11-U15
  • Regional Training Centers
  • AYSO / AYSO EXTRA

Additional Information

Development Phase 1 Age 8-10

Development Emphasis: Cultivate the Training Environment

Goal is to teach players the importance of focus and effort in training. Introduce basic Principles of Attacking and Principles of Defense. Continue to create 1v1 up to 4v4 scenarios for players that maximize reps and realism of a match.

Tactical Development

The main areas of focus: mastering the ball, learning how to train properly, and creating a foundation for the training environment we want to cultivate across the entire club.

Player Metrics & Competencies

  • Fun, competitive sessions
  • Training games, mastering the ball, and overall Individual Technical Ability
  • Learning how to train properly
  • Creating a foundation for the training environment we want to cultivate across the entire club.

Pathway

AYSO / AYSO EXTRA

Additional Information

Academy Phase Age 5-7

Development Emphasis: Foundation & Fun

Paid staff coaches overseeing volunteer coaches with the emphasis on having fun and learning to love the sport. Games are a forum for players to test their ball skills and should be considered an additional means of development, rather than the objective.

Tactical Development

Fundamental motor skills, introduction to mastering the soccer ball, and individual technical ability.

Player Metrics & Competencies

  • Movement education
  • Starting the process of learning to master the ball
  • and developing a love for the game
  • Fundamental Motor Skills
  • Agility, Balance, and Coordination
  • Individual Technical Ability.

Pathway

AYSO / AYSO EXTRA

Additional Information

Technical Development Plan

Coaches Manual