The Monroe Soccer Academy uses a curriculum based on recommendations from the US Soccer curriculum. We encourage teams to be offensively minded and encourage a style of play based on possession and quick ball movement. Players will be encouraged to increase the speed of play, and avoid over-dribbling.
Defensively, players will not only be taught within their specific positions, but how to defend in units and as a team in an organized defensive formation. Defensive principles are broken down from the fundamentals of 1v1 defending, to total team defense with a specific team concept.
Fundamental tactics like passing the ball with pace from different distances, receiving the ball cleanly, movement without the ball, shooting from all distances and techniques to control and turn the ball will be emphasized throughout the curriculum.
Team tactics like playing the ball from the back through the midfield, developing passing options, and moving the ball efficiently from different parts of the field to another are taught as well. Emphasis will be placed on quick transitions including both counter-attacks and transitions to defense.
Players will undergo a massive conditioning program to improve their speed, endurance, strength and power while at the same time developing a respect and discipline about the game. They will learn to adapt to a role on the team and respect teammates, coaches, referees and opponents.