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Wolves Player Development Academy

Overview

Ahead of the 2020 season, AWFC implemented a new and enhanced team structure and Player Development Pathway. This new team structure and player pathway provides the premier youth and adult soccer experience for Central Arkansas, and allows for players to progress from recreation levels all the way up through AWFC competitive teams and beyond...

The purpose of the Wolves PDA is to model the developmental paths of successful clubs around the world, and that of US Soccer by creating additional training and match opportunities for players at other clubs, in 2-year age group increments. AWFC recognizes the importance of creating additional opportunities by placing players in an environment that will allow players of like ability to train together and be coached by the very best in the Central Arkansas area. AWFC opportunities will be in addition to the traditional schedule provided by individual teams and the program will kick off this February for the Boys at the 20u level. We look forward to extending this to more in the near future.  Each AWFC team will invite players that have been selected and identified based on their evaluation and asked to participate in 2-3 pre-determined training sessions throughout the coming month with the specific coaches assigned to that team. Each team will have at least two coaches per training session and will follow a strict curriculum of development for these players. Players who are selected for the training pool that month are expected to attend each session and perform at a certain level on and off the field and in the classroom. In addition to the AWFC training, the club will be setting up several high level competitions throughout the course of the season and match days with various US Developmental Academies.

“The end goal for the PDA program is for the club leadership and coaching staff to reward those players deserving to play in different environments that challenges them beyond the norm; its our hopes that this is a spring board to not only draw top talent but also develop a closer relationship with the US Soccer Developmental Academy and ultimately guide our players to compete at the highest level.” – Executive Director, Sean Paul Jones

Details

Player Development Program “PDA” – The mission and intention of this newly formed academy program is to provide a low-cost, all inclusive and professional program that is truly designed for the total development of the highest level players within our geographic area and beyond.

Eligible participants –  Currently, only AWFC 20u pooled players. Age groups will be broken into a format spanning 2 years apart. We plan to grow our reach as soon as this coming summer.

Player pool –  Will be decided by Coaches, DOC’s and notified by invitation only via our PDA Director. Player invites will be based on monthly evaluation and are subject to change month by month based on performance. The criteria of our evaluation will be shared in our detailed PDA overview.

Training – Will be at least 1 weekly training from professional coaching staff allowing a larger emphasis on position specific and functional training. Training locations will be determined at a later date however our schedule for the spring is posted, and training takes place at Scott field.

Matches – Teams will be decided again by staff and could change game by game based on the evaluation of staff and DOC’s. Planning of matches and tournaments are currently being organized and will be communicated. The goal of the program is to allow our players to participate in the best learning environment possible which in many cases is the most competitive.

Team Travel – AWFC plans for the team/s to travel together.

Cost – Training and coaching fees will be covered by a *monthly subscription model. 

*The Wolves value affordability so the cost to participate on this team is only $25/m. This helps cover the following expenses:

  • Uniform Kit
  • League Registration
  • Player Registration
  • Player Insurance
  • Coaching Fees
  • Training Equipment
  • Training Venues
  • Game Venues
  • Team Travel Van