OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.

TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT

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.

 

AGE

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

PROCESS

5 - 7 Years

7 - 12 Years

12 - 16 Years

16 - 18 Years

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 maturity.

Game is target.

Competition maturity.

Competition is target.

Optimum maturity.

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

 

PHYSICAL TRAINING

All FCGS San Diego teams receive training from our physical training coach who coaches players in plyometrics, coordination, agility and core training.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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

the field. 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

WE ARE A SMALL BOUTIQUE CLUB

ON PURPOSE

  • 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.

COME JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

The FCGS San Diego competitive soccer program offers teams from U8 through U19 for those who are interested in a higher level of play. These teams are coached by a highly qualified international coaching staff that train and develop youth soccer players. Competitive coaching focuses on skill development in the early years and tactical abilities in the later years. And while winning is always our coaches’ game objective, skill development of our players is our primary focus. The FCGS San Diego competitive program is designed to develop players who are interested in pursuing high school, college and/or professional level soccer.

Our Competitive Program is dedicated to assisting players who are capable of receiving scholarships based on their academic achievements and their playing ability. It is our vision to create an international level cooperative club organization that upholds its philosophy and mission and shares ideas, coaching methods and administrative guidelines/practices for the benefit of the worldwide sports community.