Skills Institute


The Skills Institute was started in 2001 as a soccer development program that focuses on 5-12 year-olds who love soccer and who have a strong desire to improve their soccer skills.  Our age-appropriate instructional framework helps to guide over-all player development in technical skill, tactical knowledge, physical ability, and social & psychological awareness. 

This personalized, adaptive approach to teaching fundamental soccer skills, when combined with the Skills Institutes’ low player-to-coach ratio, results in a fun, fast-paced learning environment that inspires players to achieve their personal goals as athletes, whether playing on club or school teams, or playing pick-up soccer with friends.

By providing individual coaching within a group framework, each player receives personalized lessons that move the player to that player’s own next level of expertise, so that they become more valuable players to their current and future teams.

Level 1
Ages 5/6, 7/8, 9-12

Focus will be on basic fundamentals of player development:
• dribbling
• passing
• shooting
• trapping
• how to use these skills effectively in a game

Level 1 will take players through weekly sessions of fundamental skill building and competitive drills/games to develop self-confidence in practice and game situations. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.

Level 2
Ages 5/6, 7/8, 9-12 (Recommendation Only)

Focus will be on continual development of:
• individual technique
• field awareness
• speed and agility

Level 2 will take players through a challenging 50-minute weekly session of driving competence of the fundamentals, defining of positions, and development of personal strengths and how to contribute those strengths to enhance team play. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.

Level 3
Ages 9+ (Recommendation Only)

Focus will be on:
• individual position specific training
• tactical insight
• systems of play
• advanced speed and agility

Level 3 will take players through a demanding 50-minute weekly session of mastery of the fundamentals, position responsibilities, tactical approaches, as well as attacking/defending. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.