pspl-ydp-logo_blank3-blank-shadowThe PSPL Surf Academy is offering an innovative new program for selected ’06 and ‘07 boys and girls. This extension of the PSPL Surf Academy will feature players pools in Western and Eastern WA for boys and girls from birth years 2006 and 2007. This will effectively bridge the gap between the PSPL Surf Academy teams (starting at 2005 birth years). Intended for elite youth players, these teams will offer training and game environments unmatched in the local youth soccer landscape. Throughout the Spring and Fall, each team will participate in two local  training sessions per month focuses improving their technical skills in a demanding training environment In addition to one centralized session. All teams will participate in two high-level tournaments each year and players will benefit from additional Winter training, Summer residential camps and supplementary position specific training.


  Players born in 2006 & 2007
Surf Juniors Pre Academy Program Cost  $500
Tryout Registration Fee $35
Uniform Cost New Blue Jersey (youth) - $25
New Grey Jersey (youth) - $25
New Shorts (youth) - $25
New Socks (2 pairs) - $10 each
Training Begin January 2018
Training Day/Time Dates, Times and Locations of Training sessions can be found on the Academy Training Calendar (click here to view)
Training Locations Regional sessions in Western WA and Eastern WA in locations such as: Starfire Sports(Tukwila, WA),
Ravensdale Park, Eastlake High School, SOZO Sports Complex and Plantes Ferry Soccer Complex (Spokane, WA)
Training Frequency Once a month set around League play
Tournaments 2 Tournaments: TBD
Primary Contact

Western WA: Matthew Olson , PSPL Director of Surf Juniors & '06 Boys Surf Juniors
Western WA: Kaitlyn Jackson , PSPL '06 Girls Surf Juniors
Eastern WA: Mike Osborn , PSPL Development Center Director


More information?

If you would like more information on the Surf Juniors Academy, please contact the appropriate director, or our office at

What is Technique?
Technique is the execution of one single performance, like a move, or a push pass, or low driven shot.

What is Skill?
Skill is the ability to execute technique under pressure. One of the most important single factors in competing at a high level is not tactics or formations. It is the quality of individual “technique”. The team tactics are totally dependent upon each player’s ability to execute the technical components of those tactics. For example, to pass the ball diagonally behind the defense to penetrate the back line takes “technique”, to do it under pressure takes skill.

A player who has the tactical sense might see that pass, but if they can’t execute, it does little good. Without players who possess good technique, our time invested in team organization and principles of play will be fruitless. With players of high technical ability, the foundation will be strong to apply those techniques in skillful and tactical situations. Therefore, it is of great importance that we as coaches and an organization understand how quality technique is developed and implement a coaching regimen to challenge our players to a level of technical excellence.

“Practice does not make perfect” rather “Practice makes permanent”. So perhaps a more appropriate phrase might be, “Perfect practice makes perfect”. To reach a level of technical perfection, the technique must be isolated and performed until it becomes habit. Three important components are needed to rapidly develop good habits.
  • Repetition: Repetition is important in developing the motor memory patterns to enable the players to execute each technique automatically, without thinking, so this becomes instinctive. Our training environment should be designed to ensure that each player in our youngest age groups is getting 600-800 touches minimum for our U8/U10’s. Keep in mind, these are minimum numbers. More touches are always better than fewer touches.
  • Consistent Quality: The mechanics involved in each execution of the technique must be accurate and consistent. The coach must be the facilitator in ensuring that poor technique is detected early and precise information is provided to the player to correct the problem. The coach must know the mechanical movements involved in each technique to be able to correct those techniques.
  • Explosive Execution with Pace: As soon as possible, players must practice the technique at a speed that simulates match play. Slow practices will develop slow players and up-tempo practices will develop fast and explosive players. Never sacrifice quality for speed when practicing technique.
Players must understand that ball control/first touch is not a means itself, but more an end to a means. A player must remember the four D’s to a good first touch:
  • Decision-what surface are you going to use to control the ball/take your first touch? Are you going to use the inside of the foot, outside of foot or the laces etc.
  • Direction-what direction will your first touch take you? Will it be straight ahead, to the left or to the right? Will it be back into pressure or away from it?
  • Distance-How far/big will that first touch be? Will it be big enough to get you out of initial pressure, but short enough so I avoid additional pressure?
  • Disguise-Can I keep my first touch hidden as to what surface I am going to use, the direction I am going to go and the distance of how far I go?
At the end of each control/first touch, a player will have four options to act on:
  • Most often the player will control to pass the ball.
  • In attacking third players will control to set up shots.
  • The player may control the ball to dribble.
  • The player may control to run with the ball.
With this in mind, the player should decide as the ball is in flight what he intends to do after controlling the ball, is he going to pass, shoot, dribble or run with the ball? The quality of the player’s first touch will often determine the quality of the action that follows. Many coaches instruct players to “trap the ball” before passing it.

The word “trap” suggests stopping the ball. Young players get into a bad habit of trapping the ball using the sole of the foot every time the ball comes to them. Trapping or stopping the ball with the sole of the foot can cause many bad habits for the player and limit the techniques he/she can use immediately after his/her first touch on the ball. Coaches should encourage players to use their first touch on the ball economically and effectively.

As opposed to trapping the ball with the sole of the foot, players should look to play their first touch out of the body and into a position that will allow them to perform a variety of techniques on their second touch. In general, players should look to play their first touch approximately one and a half yards in front and to the left side or to the right side.

By playing the ball out and in front of the body on the first touch, the player will improve in the following areas: Better all-around vision as eyes follow ball out and up and not focused down at the feet. Less chance of being caught in possession of the ball due to improved vision.

Tying it all together: Once players are old enough to participate in one of our full academy Teams, the goals for the program will change. The goals will shift to Selection, Development, Competition and Placement. The Selection phase consists of selecting a pool (20-32 Players) of the top players in a specific age group through a tryout process. Avalanche-01-2The Development phase consists of developing all the players in the pool at the top end as well as the low end to have a better understanding of tactical themes, technical and tactical functional training, and systems of play.

In the Competition phase we will take a select group of players (16-18 Players) from the pool to compete in different college ID tournaments and US Club id2 Regional and National Events. In the Placement phase our focus shifts to getting players placed at the next level.

Our primary objective is the college game. A vast majority of players will play in college and we want to make sure we give them enough information on and off the field to be successful. The Secondary phase is preparation for placement at the Regional or National team level. This will only affect a small few players, but we feel that developing our top players is important too.