Mission

To be the best youth soccer club in the nation while developing good people.

Vision

To bring our brand of soccer to every part of central Texas.

Core Values

Winning isn't everything but the commitment to be successful is uncompromising.
We strive to teach and instill in our players the core values of:

Sportsmanship - Integrity - Discipline - Respect - Leadership - Excellence

Lonestar DNA

CLUB PHILOSOPHY

Learn more about the philosophy, values, & ethos of the club.

The Lonestar SC philosophy reflects the spirit of the club. Our players and coaches have positive, successful mentalities, strong values and high expectations for themselves.

Lonestar players graduate into national, professional and collegiate programs familiar with commitment, hard work, responsibility and accountability. They proudly represent the Lonestar core values of sportsmanship, integrity, discipline, respect, leadership, and excellence on and off the field.

PLAYING PHILOSOPHY

Discover how our philosophy translates onto the field and into our game play.

The Lonestar SC playing philosophy reflects the strengths and common characteristics we have as a club. We build our playing style around our individual players who follow the Lonestar philosophy & curriculum.

Lonestar players display common characteristics: individual talent and creativity, hard work, discipline with a strong will to succeed playing quality attacking soccer.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

How we develop our players from U5-U19 in order to fulfill their maximum potential.

Development Pathway Pyramid

Objectives

- Create an age appropriate, positive learning environment where individual players feel valued, respected and can enjoy playing soccer.

- Create an individual player-centric development model where each player can set their own soccer development pathway.

- Offer a complete youth soccer development pyramid where players can train and compete at an appropriate level where they are challenged and can strive to be successful.

- Develop players to reach their true potential in national, collegiate or club soccer programs.



Love of the Game

Lonestar believes that the early childhood stages of soccer development should be fun. Our approach is player-centric; maximizing touches on the ball while creating a love and passion for the game.

By utilizing age appropriate activities with one player to one ball, we are emphasizing the movement of players and comfort level with the ball. We see the coach as a facilitator of the game at this stage and use the "new ball" method at the recreational level to keep the players engaged. As the players get closer to the age of 8 we make sure we are preparing them for the Skill Acquisition phase (U9-U12), which is the next phase in their soccer playing careers.

Development Phase

Phase Focus Outcomes Process
Developmental
  • - Gross motor skills
  • - Body movement
  • - Positive reinforcement
  • - Improvement of motor skills
  • - Improvement of social skills
  • - Improve coordination
  • - Fun & enjoyment
  • - Explore body movements
  • - Positive social interaction with peers
Developmental
  • - Instill confidence
  • - Skill acquisition
  • - Positive enforcement
  • - Introduce skill acqusition
  • - Familiarity with the ball
  • - Comfortable and confident with the ball
  • - Fun & enjoyment
  • - Small-sided games/new ball method
  • - Minimal tactics - guided discovery
Developmental
  • - Love of the game
  • - Energetic
  • - Positive reinforcement
  • - One ball to one player
  • - Varying interactive activities
  • - Fun & enjoyment
  • - Small-sided games/new ball method
  • - Minimal tactics - guided discovery


Skill Acquisition (U9-U12)

Lonestar believes in holistic training where every activity includes all four facets of the game: technical, tactical, physical and psychological. We have prioritized the technical actions of soccer into the first touch, striking the ball, running with the ball, and 1v1 play.

Players follow a set annual training curriculum with age appropriate training objectives through fun, enjoyable and challenging training activities. Training activities are game related where players compete in small sided games to develop individual technique and tactical decision making. This stage of development is vitally important to develop ‘skillful’ players who move on to the 11v11 game and effectively implement the Lonestar style of play.

CORE SKILLS

Core Skill Key Principle Training Objectives Individual Objectives
First Touch

  • - Penetration
  • - Secure Possession
  • - Body shape and first touch to pass or dribble forward
  • - First touch to execute the next decision away from pressure
  • - Proficiency with both feet and body surfaces to receive different services
  • - Disguising the ball and intention from opponent
  • - Proficiency at turning
Striking
The Ball

  • - Penetration
  • - Secure Possession
  • - Improvisation
  • - Shooting to score
  • - Crossing to create chances
  • - Passing to bypass lines of opponent
  • - Pass to switch, combine, or possess
  • - Various creative passing to score goals
  • - Shooting on target from varying distances
  • - Proficiency with both feet and body surfaces for striking the ball
  • - Varying crosses and ranges of passing (long and short)
  • - Proficiency in heading to score or to pass (age appropriate)
Running With The Ball

  • - Penetration
  • - Width and Depth
  • - Running with/without ball to penetrate
  • - Dribbling to move and commit defenders
  • - Dribbling to develop an attacking shape
  • - Dribbling with both feet
  • - Changing of direction to beat the opponent
  • - Change of pace to in order to penetrate space
1v1 Play

  • - Improvisation
  • - Penetration
  • - Beating the opponent to create numbers up
  • - Beating a player to cross/shoot
  • - Beating player to penetrate the line
  • - Beating a player to take free space
  • - Deception and moves to beat opponent
  • - Change of pace to beat opponent
  • - Proficiency at turning


Game Development & Management (U13-U19)

Lonestar has a set playing philosophy and style of play. We prioritized our principles of play within the four key moments of a soccer game (attack, transition to defend, defend, and transition to attack). Each playing format (7 v 7, 9 v 9 and 11 v 11) has a system of play that effectively implements our principles of play into the Lonestar style of play.

We develop our players through annual periodization training programs where each age group has progressive overall training objectives, team tasks and individual development training objectives.

MOMENTS OF THE GAME

Key Principles Training Objectives Team Tasks Individual Objectives
Penetration

  • - Forward running & passing
  • - Combining and switching play To penetrate
  • - Usage of flank play to penetrate
  • - Flank play with the 2,3,7, and 11 through the thirds of the field.
  • - Interchanging positions between the 9, 10, 7, and 11 to create unbalance and penetrate lines
  • - Penetrating through the 4 and 5 into the middle third of the field.
  • - Penetrating through the 6, 7, and 8 from middle third to final third
  • - Recognition to switch play through # 4,5,6,8
  • Building out of the back against three or two opposing attackers.
  • - 1v1 personality & movement beyond the ball carrier
  • - 2nd and 3rd man movements with interchange
  • - Recognition to go around opponent side to side
  • - Underlapping, overlapping, and creating overloads in flank
Support & Mobility

  • - Spread out vertically and horizontally
  • - Rotation and support of the 6,8, and 10
  • - Depth and support around the ball
  • - Supporting movements of the 7, 11, 9, 10 for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and vice versa
  • - Separation from opponent
  • - Angles and distance from ball carrier
Width & Depth

  • - Rotation and interchange
  • - Angles and distances of support
  • - Players positional balance
  • - Creating width through the 2, 3 , 7, 11
  • - Creating depth through the 4, 5
  • - Vertical/Opposite movements of the 9, 10, 4. Separation/distances of the 6,8, and 10
  • - Squeezing lines through the 4, 5, and 6 upon forward progress
  • - Squeezing the 2 and 3 underneath the 7 and 11 on the ball side
  • - Switching positions with players to create unbalance
  • - Creating triangles and diamonds to solve various pressure
  • - Opposite movements & Defensive balance
Improvisation

  • - Team creativity and risk in the final third
  • - Team combination play (movement and passing)
  • - 1v1 play from 7, 11, 9, 10 in final third
  • - 2nd/3rd man movement from 7, 11, 9, 10 to penetrate final third
  • - 1v1 creativity to beat opponent
  • - 1v1 skill and execution to score
Key Principles Training Objectives Team Tasks Individual Objectives
Counter Pressing

  • - Pressing with the 9, 10, 7, 11 upon immediate loss in attacking half
  • - Appropriate distances between 2 and 7, 3 and 11, 4/5 and 6, 9 and 10, to limit opponents space
  • - Overall commitment of players closest to ball to force opponent's quickest options
  • - Close player down on the ball to limit options
  • - Press in small groups together to win first and second pass pass
  • - Break up/slow counter attack
  • - Deny forward penetration
  • - Cues to read: bad touch, bouncing ball, facing away from goal
  • - Create numbers even or numbers up with teammates
  • - Force player sideways or negative
  • - High press in shooting/crossing range
Delay & Recover

  • - Prevent ball penetration between and behind lines
  • - Recovery movement vertically & horizontally
  • - Recovery movements of the 2/3 with the 4/5 to deny penetration behind lines and to provide cover
  • - Recovery movements of the 7/11 with the 10/8/6 to deny central penetration
  • - Recovery movements of the 9 with 10, 7, and 11 to funnel play
  • - Recover goal side and ball side of mark/opponent
  • - Deny opponent's dribbling to penetrate.
  • - Keep opponent in front to prevent numbers down situations
Defensive Shape (Compactness)

  • - Cover players out of position
  • - Decrease distance between units/teammates both vertically and horizontally
  • - Defensive balance/angles of 6, 8, ans 10 to prevent point change
  • Interchange defensively to cover teammates out of position
  • - Training the 6 to screen passes to opponents 9 and limit space
  • - Positional interchange to fill gaps in shape
  • - Maintaining appropriate distances/angles with teammates as ball moves
Make Play Predictable

  • - Force play into areas where we are numbers up
  • - Use sidelines and numbers up to trap the opponent
  • - Training the 9, 10, 7, and 11 to force opponents 2, 3, 4, and 5 into numbers down situations
  • - Train the 6, 8, and 10 to keep play one way
  • - Train the 2 and 3 to push opponents wide in the defensive third
  • - Train the 7 and 11 to deny space centrally and force play into the opponents 2 & 3 (trap)
  • - Cut out passing lanes and close ball down to a specific side
  • - Coach teammates where to guide the play
  • - Travel and close down ball
Key Principles Training Objectives Team Tasks Individual Objectives
Pressing

  • - Deny opponent’s immediate passing options
  • - Deny opponent’s immediate passing options
  • - Pressing with the 9, 10, 7, and 11 upon immediate possession loss in attacking half
  • - Appropriate distances between 2 and 7, 3 and 11, 4/5 and 6, 9 and 10 to limit opponents space
  • - Overall commitment of players closest to ball to press opponents quickest options
Delay & Recover

  • - Deny space between and behind our lines
  • - Get numbers behind the ball
  • - Push opponent into areas we are numbers up
  • - Use sideline to trap the opponent
  • - Recovery movements of the 2 and 3 with the 4 and 5 to deny ball in behind and to provide cover
  • - Recovery movements of the 7 and 11 with the 10, 8, and 6 to deny central penetration
  • - Recovery movements of the #9 with 10, 7, and 11 to funnel play
  • - Recover goal side and ball side of opponent
  • - Squeeze lines from front to back to limit space
  • - High pressure in shooting and crossing range
  • - Press ball carrier to one side
Compactness

  • - Decrease distance between teammates horizontally
  • - Decrease distance between lines vertically
  • - Defensive balance/angles of 6,8,10 to prevent point change
  • - Interchange defensively to cover teammates out of position (i.e 6 for 4/5 or 9 for 10)
  • - Training the 6 to screen passes to opponents 9 and limit their space
  • - Recovery run back toward goal
  • - Recovery run to squeeze space between teammates (side to side, front to back)
Pressure, Cover & Balance

  • - Keep opponent in front and push play wide
  • - Deny space between teammates
  • - Deny space between lines of team
  • - Training 9, 10, 7, and 11 to force opponents 2, 3, 4, and 5 into numbers down situations (trap)
  • - Train the 6, 8, and 10 to keep play one way
  • - Train the 2 and 3 to push opponents wide in the defensive third
  • - Train the 7 and 11 to deny space centrally and force play into the opponents 2 and 3
  • - Press ball when passed into your zone
  • - Cover teammates in a 1v1 situation
  • - Recovery run to make shape small
Key Principles Training Objectives Team Tasks Individual Objectives
Forward Passing & Running with/without the ball (Penetration)

  • - Combine to penetrate opponent's lines
  • - Movement between and beyond opponent's lines
  • Flank play with the 2,3,7, and 11 through the thirds
  • Interchanging positions between 9, 10, 7, and 11 to create unbalance and penetrate lines
  • Penetrating through the 4 and 5 into the midfield third
  • Penetrating through the 6, 8 and 10 from middle third to final third
  • 1v1 penetration through 7, 11, 9, 10
  • - Shoot or pass forward to space
  • - Pass forward to feet penetrate 1v1 with running/dribbling
Secure Possession (Support and Mobility)

  • - Win the ball
  • - Break initial pressure With pass or dribble
  • - Create support through rotation, angles, and distances of support
  • Rotation and support of the 6, 8, 10
  • Depth and support around the ball
  • Supporting movements of the 7, 11, 9, and 10 for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 and vice versa
  • - Intercept and tackle
  • - Deception, first touch, tight touch, protect ball, appropriate passing technique
  • - Separation from opponent
  • - Positioning in relation to ball
Attacking Shape (Width and Depth)

  • - Move to occupy all spaces
  • - Squeeze defensive lines for counter measures
  • - Creating width through the 2, 3, 7, and 11
  • - Opposite movements of the 9 and 10 and the 6, 8, 10, 3
  • - Squeezing lines through the 4, 5, and 6 upon forward progress
  • - Squeezing the 2 and 3 underneath the 7 and 11 on the ball side
  • - Spread out vertically and horizontally
  • - Create immediate separation from opponent

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

How we educate, develop, and advance our coaching staff to help our players develop.

The Lonestar SC coach is a student of the game of soccer who understands the club and playing philosophy. Most importantly, they are role models for the players and believe in and hold themselves accountable for the club core values.

The Lonestar SC coach is a great communicator, who is innovative, positive, optimistic and professional. They create a safe, positive, age appropriate, enjoyable, professional training and game environment for our players. Their training sessions are developmentally appropriate, creative and fun, which in turn challenge and develop our players technically, tactically, physically and mentally.

Coaching Education



Coaching Development

Areas of Development Period Training Monitoring Review
Fall Coaching Symposium August
Staff Review & Annual Expectations August
Staff Development Workshops Weekly
Training/Game Evaluation & Review Sep-Dec/Jan-May
Mid-Season Review January
Spring Coaching Symposium January
Professional Academy Visit 2 Years
Coaching Licensure 3 Years
Annual Review & Career Planning August


Performance Indicators

Areas of Evaluation Training Monitoring Review
Implementation of club philosophy and style of play
Management & delivery of coaching programme
Implementation of tactical principles of the club
Demonstrating effective use of time & resources
Organization & productivity of the player environment

SUPPORT PILLARS

Discover our essential functions that help players excel into elite players and people.

School Release Program

  • Lonestar SC has been approved as an Off Campus Physical Education Program, and allows players from various school districts in the greater Austin area to be exempt from school physical education programs. Players use this time to make up school work missed from Development Academy travel and attend extra training sessions when applicable.

Study Hall/School Work Makeup

  • Due to the extensive travel required in the DA, Lonestar SC allocates time for study hall, which is mandated for all players.

  • In conjunction with US Soccer, Lonestar SC provides players with documentation to school administrators for days missed.  This ensures players receive ample time to make up schoolwork missed.

College Placement Program

  • Lonestar SC employs a full-time Club College Placement Director to help educate players and parents in the selection, application and acceptance process.

Financial Aid Program

  • Financial Aid is available to all players via application and approval process.

Style of Play

Discover how our philosophy translates onto the field and into our game play.

We play a proactive attacking style with highly skilled players based around the four key moments of the game: in possession (attacking), transition to attack, out of possession (defending) and transition to defend. Proactive means that we want to control and possess the ball with the intent to penetrate and score.

In attack, we give our players the freedom to improvise and encourage them to penetrate where possible and encourage a mindset to go to ‘goal’. We want our attack to have mobility, width and depth to create opportunities for overloads in all areas of the field.

In defense, we aim to press and win the ball back quickly through individual and group pressing. If we can’t win the ball back quickly, we delay the opponent and make quick and incisive recovery runs to compact the space around and behind the ball.

System of Play

How we line up to execute our philosophy and style of play.

Lonestar SC employs a 1-4-1-2-3 system of play similar to many of the most current successful club and national teams. Lonestar SC believes that this system of play offers the best opportunity for our players to play the Lonestar style and implement our principles of play.

This preferred system of play will assist players and coaching staff become familiar with the tactical principles within our style of play. Lonestar SC players are developed in our style of play through our skill development and game training phase.

11v11
1-4-1-2-3

9v9
1-2-4-2

7v7
1-2-4

Lonestar DA curriculum

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