We are a community-based soccer program committed to providing a family-oriented and safe atmosphere for soccer players and their parents. Our goal is to develop soccer players at the recreational and competitive levels by placing an emphasis on technical skills, good sportsmanship, community involvement and excellence both on and off the soccer field.
Under the leadership of our technical director, Johnson Asiedu, the club’s coaching staff brings extensive international experience, and is a standout among San Diego clubs. Our blueprint for training guides our coaches for each age group, with training and practice methods designed to develop each player to be the best they can be.
A central part of our training, technical development enables our players to not only cultivate a love for the game of soccer,
but also have the optimal soccer experience and enjoyment of the game. In order to achieve this, we have established our approach to coaching and training.
AN ACADEMY-MINDED CLUB
We believe our soccer/football program is not just a club, but an institution devoted to the development of the “total player.” Our training focuses on all aspects of the individual so they can develop technically, academically, tactically, physically and socially.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
5 - 7 Years
7 - 12 Years
12 - 16 Years
16 - 18 Years
Ball is the target.
Learn to control the ball.
Ball is central to practices.
Basic principles of soccer.
Game is central to practices.
Game is target.
Competition is target.
Skillful exercises and drills
Technical development and tactical
awareness of the player.
Team tasks/roles (positions)
Game coaching, tactical adaptation
in the game, analyzing the game.
Specialization or multifunctional.
THE FCGS SAN DIEGO WAY OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
All FCGS San Diego teams receive training from our physical training coach who coaches players in plyometrics, coordination, agility and core training.
As part of our commitment to developing the total player, we have offered a tutoring club twice a week to assist players in
their academic pursuits. Our parent and student (college) volunteers provide tutoring and academic support to players
before or after practice sessions. We hope to return to these sessions post-pandemic.
At FCGS San Diego we believe our players should be the best off the field as well as on the field; therefore, we communicate with players, parents and others frequently to promote social awareness and cognition of our players. Players are expected to adhere to the guidelines for conduct and behavior as set forth in the FCGS San Diego player handbook both on and off
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
WE ARE A SMALL BOUTIQUE CLUB
Coaches need to know each player individually in order to cultivate the most out of each player.
Each player needs time with quality coaches.
We will not have more than 2 teams per age group.
THE ENTIRE CLUB PLAYS AND PRACTICES TOGETHER AT THE SAME FIELD
We play and practice at a large field at Mesa Verde Middle School.
Fields are easily accessible off the 56. (link to map)
We are not continually changing practice sites.
Our club is a tight-knit community.
Our fields get a lot of usage and maintaining them is an ongoing effort. We are committed to working with other stakeholders on improving them.
WE VALUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT OVER WINNING THE SHORT-TERM
This can be frustrating for some parents, so FCGS San Diego isn’t a good fit for everybody.
Yes, we want to win, but we won’t sacrifice our values to win.
We want our teams playing against difficult competition in order to improve.
Over time, our teams win games, difficult leagues, and tournaments.
HELPING PLAYERS BE THEIR BEST
Knowledge is power, and it reinforces the club philosophy of always striving to obtain the requisite knowledge and skills to be the best.
We want our players to have courage and take the initiative in the field of play and in life.
The club’s motto “Exsisto Optimus ut vos can Exsisto” or “Be the best that you can be.” is representative of our philosophy to assist each and every player in achieving his/her utmost best, both as a well-rounded athlete and as a valuable member of society.