Midland Fusion

 

The Midland Soccer Club’s Fusion program is a select travel soccer program dedicated to training and developing Mid-Michigan’s best soccer players, as both athletes and as young adults.  

Over the past 15 years, we have accomplished numerous feats – the club has promoted teams to the Midwest Regional League, and our Premier teams continue to achieve success in the highest divisions of the Michigan State Premier Soccer League -- and accumulated multiple tournament championships.  Many of our players have made their marks in the Olympic Development Program, and our older players often continue their high-level of play in college. 

Player Development Philosophy

Midland Soccer Club is uniquely positioned to achieve its mission and vision because of our emphasis on four factors:

Development

MSC emphasizes player development with a curriculum which extends from our players at age 3 to age 18.  We seek a high standard of play that is only possible with:

  • A consistent, age appropriate curriculum focused on training blocks which create an environment that addresses not only technical and tactical components, but just as importantly the physical, social and problem solving skills which are needed for a player to progress.

  • A club staff that understands that their role is to strive for the completion of our mission and try to develop all players to reach the best of their ability.  This, along with coaching education, allows for better coaches and then better players making better teams.

Style

When WE have the ball, we work to keep it as long as possible to increase our odds of scoring goals: a possession-based game.  We CONTROL the ball in a variety of ways; keeping possession WITH our teammates and exploding forward when space is available.  When we lose the ball, we quickly organize to GET THE BALL BACK and then HOLD THE BALL AGAIN.


Possession = Development = Better Players = Better Teams

Possession-based soccer takes time and patience to teach.  As you watch our teams play you should see:

  • Restarts that become possession-based on most occasions as opposed to lumping the ball forward.

  • Goal kicks and corner kicks that keep possession.

  • Team formations that open up and attack space to influence defenders and open up space to pass to teammates.

  • Teams that play as teams, and that DO NOT rely on just one or two players to dominate a game.

  • Goalkeepers who are actually soccer players, not just a shot stoppers.

Competition

To develop as a player, competition should be stressed.  At the younger ages, we want to place more of an emphasis on competition within and against oneself.  Can I beat my high score in juggling or can I get more touches in this activity than I did last practice?  As players get older, competition is now focused on practice results against self and teammates as the culture shifts to not only making yourself better, but pushing your teammate to do the same.  From age 14 on, results become important as players now have the ability to attack and/or manage games to compete and win against other clubs.

Community

We are Midland Soccer Club.  We are the only club in the Tri-City area that can offer a program for every player in Midland and the surrounding community.  We are home grown and have pride in OUR city!  We are dedicated to serving our community in a variety of ways as our players learn to become good stewards of Midland!

Why do we believe in this approach?

We believe in creating soccer players in an environment that is developmentally-focused, NOT results-driven in our youngest age groups!  In possession-based soccer, ALL players receive more time with the ball during practices in order to hone their skill and try to adapt this skill to a game, instead of one or two physically dominant players getting most of the time with the ball. ALL players get better together, and increased development for the WHOLE team brings more enjoyment for each player and eventually, results. 

As players develop more skill to maneuver and keep possession of the ball the team develops a pace and rythm that truly makes soccer worthy of its title as "the beautiful game".  Learning how to possess the ball, receive the ball, pass the ball, move off the ball, is our way to develop players who have a passion to play for their whole life and are able to reach their highest level.

Possession-based play improves the level and quality of soccer in our community.  We offer academy sessions to help teach every player that joins our club how to be more comfortable with the ball at their feet.  Our Coaches will continue to learn ways to better implement our style and create an environment that is both a positive and demanding one.

We don't need great players.  We need players willing to work hard, listen and put the effort into learning how to become better than they currently are as players, teammates and members of our community.

Player Development Opportunities

Fusion Select players receive the following benefits and opportunities to develop their skills and talents as premium soccer players.

  • Additional practice opportunities within the club's team structure.  FREE
  • Goalkeeper training from a licensed staff.  FREE
  • Liberal use of Club Pass and tournament guest players from within the club.  FREE
  • Finishing/ Skill development mini-camps. FREE
  • College recruiting platform Sportsrecruits.com. FREE
  • Indoor training.  FREE
  • Academy (additional training opportunities geared to specific age groups.  Runs year round).  (extra)
  • Summer Camp/Winter Camps.  (extra)

THE MSC WAY=BETTER PLAYERS

U9

LEARN TO TRAIN

Developmental Focus

Technical

Social

Physical

Tactical

Psychological

Specialized Training

Attack and Defend in 1’s and 2’s

Optimal Length of Training

60 min.

Optimal Training Ratio

2-3/week Fall/Spring, 1-2 Winter

Training Format

1v1 to 7v7

Game Format

7v7 (U9)

System

1-3-1-2 or 1-2-3-1

Playing Time

Approximately 50% of the seasons games

Evaluations

3 (Fall, Winter, Spring)

 

U10-U12

LEARN TO TRAIN

Developmental Focus

Technical

Social

Tactical

Physical

Psychological

Specialized Training

Specialist Positions

Optimal Length of Training

90 min.

Optimal Training Ratio

3 Fall and Spring, 1-2 Winter

Training Format

1v1 to 9v9

Game Format

7v7 (U10), 9v9 (U11-12)

System

1-3-1-2 or 1-2-3-1, 1-3-2-3 or 1-2-4-2

Psychosocial

Respect

Discipline

Competitiveness

FUN

Learn to interact in a positive manner with teammates, coaches and referees.

Learn the importance of discipline and that

details matter.

Learn that adversity is present in sport and

and that what is valued most is the effort

to overcome that adversity.

The fun is in the organization of practice and games.

Playing Time

Approximately 50% of the year’s games

Evaluations

3 Formal coach evaluations- Fall, Winter, Spring

U13-U15

TRAIN TO COMPETE

Developmental Focus

Technical

Tactical

Physical

Psychological

Social

Specialized Training

Tactics in Groups and Units

Optimal Length of Training

90 min.

Optimal Training Ratio

3 Fall/Spring, 2 Winter

Training Format

4v4 to 11v11

Game Format

11v11

System

1-4-3-3, 1-4-2-3-1, 1-4-4-2

Psychosocial

Respect

Discipline

Competitiveness

FUN

Process of how to effectively communicate even through adversity.

Develop a connection between continued development and training discipline.

Players continue to learn ways to attack adversity and develop strategies to overcome it.

The fun is in the organization of practice and the process of relating it to games.

Playing Time

13-14-Approximately 30% of the year’s games. 15- Merit based

Evaluations

2 formal evaluations from the coach, 2 goal setting self-evaluations by the player with follow up meetings at the end of the year

U16-U19

COMPETE FOR RESULTS

Developmental Focus

Tactical

Psychological

Technical

Physical

Social

Specialized Training

Whole Team Tactics

Optimal Length of Training

90 min.

Optimal Training Ratio

3 Fall/Spring, 2 Winter

Training Format

4v4 to 11v11

Game Format

11v11

System

Vary based on game factors

Psychosocial

Respect

Discipline

Competitiveness

FUN

Players apply their ability to communicate to push their teammates.

Players understand the training process and what it takes to reach their peak.

Understanding that adversity is a part of all sport and looking forward to the challenges it presents.

The fun is in the journey and all the challenges met together as a team.

Playing Time

Merit based

Evaluations

Formal self-evaluations, consistent feedback from coaches on a weekly basis

Related Links

Midland Soccer Club Mission and Vision Statements

Mission & Vision

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Fusion Costs 2016-17

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Frequently asked Questions

Who should try out for travel soccer?

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