The FC Wisconsin - Madison teams have had a tremendous fall season, and their progress and development was clear in their performances in their final formal competition event of the fall.
The FC Wisconsin - Madison teams have had a tremendous fall season, and their progress and development was clear in the performances in their final formal competition event of the fall. Both the U11/12 girls team and the U13 girls team participated in the Reddan Ice Age Tournament on October 22-23 in Madison, and both put on great displays of soccer throughout the weekend.
The U11/12 team is a mixed age group team of players in their first season with the club. While physically undersized in almost every game of the fall, the players have shown a great determination to play composed soccer out of the back, and resist the urge to play directly and without thought in order to avoid mistakes. The progress in their individual technical level in passing, recieving, and dribbling has been constant and impressive, and the number of passes they have connected has increased consistently week-to-week. Always a spunky and fun group at training, the future looks bright as they move into the indoor season this winter where their development will speed up even faster.
The U13 team faced off against teams from Madison, Milwaukee, and Iowa in the tournament, showing great determination to play attractive, possession-oriented soccer in each game. Facing different challenges in each game, the U13s created a multitude of chances from combination play that frequently began in the defensive third and connected through all lines of the field. Now in their second year in the club, the players have established a solid foundation of possession principles, and shown a growing confidence in their ability to play under increasing pressure in all areas of the field.
"These ages are incredibly important for learning in all facets," said Director of Coaching Christian Lavers. "First, you can never replace these years for learning technique and internalizing basic concepts of the game. Just as importantly, as players reach 12 and 13, these are the ages where players begin to make the conscious decision that they want to be great at the game they are learning to love. We are very happy with the progress in only 18 months in Madison."
"I have really enjoyed working with the girls this fall," said coach Christina Toda. "Having a second age group enter the program helped to create a bigger sense of community, and an even larger sense of purpose for what we are doing. The club, through this program, is trying to change Madison soccer for the better in the type of development experience provided, and you can see so much excitement and progress in the players."
The FC Wisconsin - Madison teams will finish the outdoor season at the Intra-Club Event with all of the Milwaukee-based teams on November 6, and then take a short fall break before beginning indoor training and competition the last week of November.