U5 - U8 Development Program - Fall Session Registration Now Open
6 Week Program

Young players (U5-U8) are at an ideal intellectual and physical stage to learn and retain both techniques and foundational tactical ideas for soccer.  NSSA has a dynamite young player development program to lead in the growth of our community’s 5 to 8 year old players.

Players will be taught technical and tactical ideas in an engaging, challenging and exciting environment. A typical session will consist of 15 minutes of technical training, 15 minutes of foundational, tactical ideas and 30 minutes of free-play overseen and enhanced by NSSA’s professional training staff. The program will provide an arena that allows for a player to take hundreds of touches on the ball each week and face situations where they will be challenged to make decisions.

U5 - 8 Development Program 
6-week program, Saturdays, 9 - 12 pm
Fall Session Dates: Aug. 29, Sept. 12,19, 26, Oct. 3, 10
Location: Kohler Meadows - Medium Field, 365 County Rd F, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Cost: $65 (fee includes training shirt)
Registration Closes September 11
DIRECTIONS TO FIELD: From the intersection of interstates 35E & 694. North on 35E to Hwy 96. West on 96 to McMenemy St. Go left on McMenemy St to Cty Rd F. Go left on Cty Rd F to the park immediately on the left. Parking lot is north of the entrance. Kohler Meadows - Medium is east of the parking lot.


U5/6 boys and girls: 9 - 10 am
U7/8 boys and girls: 10 - 11 am
U5/6 birth dates: 8-1-09 to 7-31-11
U7/8 birth dates: 8-1-07 to 7-31-09
NSSA Training & Development
NSSA provides a quality and competitive training environment year-round

NSSA provides a Training & Development Program for all competitive teams. We focus on individual development so that each player reaches their full potential in the sport of soccer. Professional coaches use age-appropriate training methods and the NSSA Player Development Plan to create the “complete player.”  The complete player excels in four major areas of application: technical skills and ability, a tactical foundation, physical attributes, and psycho-social elements.

NSSA Training Program Curriculum & Objectives:
Our curriculum guides your player toward advanced player development and competitive participation. We emphasize these objectives:
1) Continued Ball Mastery
2) Attacking and Defending Tactics
3) Tactical Principles and Play
4) Focused Training Sessions

The following documents explain the specific program for each age groups and competitive level:

U9/U10 Maroon & Gold Teams U9/U10 Academy Training & Development Program (PDF)
U11/U12 C1 Teams U11/U12 Elite Academy Training & Development Program (PDF)
U11/U12 C2 & C3 Teams U11/U12 Select Training & Development Program (PDF)
U13 - U18 C1 & Premier Teams U13 - U18 Elite Academy Training & Development Program (PDF)
U13 - U18 C2 & C3 Teams U13 - U18 Select Training & Development Program (PDF)

If you have any questions about upcoming training, please contact:

Upcoming Training:

  • Fall Team Training - will start in mid to late August
  • Goal Keeper Training - will resume in January, 2016
  • 2015-2016 Training for C1 & Premier Teams - will resume in November, 2015
  • 2016 Winter Training for C2 & C3 Teams - will resume in January, 2016
  • U9 & U10 2016 Group Training - Training will resume in late 2015
NSSA Co-Directors of Coaching
Jacob & Katelynn Fast

Jacob and Katelynn Fast both grew up in the Twin Cities competing in MYSA their entire childhoods. They played high school soccer for Henry Sibley High School and Minnehaha Academy respectively. Jacob attended University of Northwestern (2008 graduate) and Katelynn attended Bethel University (2010 graduate). Each played four seasons and captained their teams during their senior years.

Jacob has coached for several MYSA clubs since 2005 before coming to NSSA in 2011. Katelynn has also held positions in multiple MYSA clubs since 2008 before arriving at NSSA in 2012. (Fun fact: Jacob and Katelynn met coaching against each other in 2011!) Katelynn has also coached at multiple high schools and in 2013 joined the Mounds View coaching staff where she continues to serve.

Currently Jacob and Katelynn serve as Co-Directors of Coaching for North Suburban Soccer Association. As DOC, their focus is on developing NSSA’s players and coaches on and off the field through structured, technical and tactical focused training sessions and coach education clinics. Jacob currently holds a "C" license" and Katelynn holds a "D license" from the United States Soccer Federation.

NSSA welcomes U11/U12 Technical Director, Phil Peacock

As the NSSA U11/12 Technical Director Phil will work directly with coaches & teams, throughout the year, using age appropriate developmental activities in both team & group training environments. Phil has 16 years coaching experience working with U3-U18 boys & girls age groups, at all levels, as a Technical Trainer & Head Coach. He played for over 40 years (semi-professionally in Australia). Phil is a strong believer in coach education and currently holds a USSF “C” License, NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma, Coerver Youth Diploma, and the English Football Association Psychology in Soccer (Level 1). NSSA is excited to welcome Phil to our soccer community.

NSSA U9/U10 Technical Director, Julian Guilbeault

Guilbeault takes lead role in developing our young competitive players.

As U9/10 Technical Director. Julian works directly with the coaches of these age groups within group and team training. Julian is known throughout the Twin Cities area for his amazing ability to teach technique to players of all ages and engage and relate with young players through his passion  for the sport. His extensive playing background includes training at a professional soccer facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil and three years on the University of St. Thomas Men’s Varsity team. Julian has worked with elite levels players, clubs and high schools throughout the Twin Cities and also recently picked up “freestyle” soccer, which combines the art and beauty of soccer by performing consecutive tricks with the soccer ball, demonstrating control, touch, and skill. He performs on a consistent basis for thousands of people at soccer Galas, benefits, MN United games, jamborees, school festivals, and more. Julian enters his fifth year with NSSA. 
U9/U10 FST Sessions
Develop individual foot skills and soccer knowledge - for both competitive and recreational players

The NSSA  Footskills Training Program (FST) is a 6-week program that will work with U9/10 players, developing their individual footskills and understanding of the game through small-sided games and guided free play. Both competitive and recreational players will gain from these sessions. Sessions will include specific emphasis on the following skills:

  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Receiving
  • 1st touch
  • Ball striking
  • Shooting/Finishing

A typical session will consist of 15 minutes of technical training, 15 minutes of foundational, tactical ideas and 30 minutes of free-play overseen and enhanced by NSSA’s professional training staff. Sessions will provide an arena to allow players to take hundreds of touches on the ball each week and face situations where they will be challenged to make decisions. This program is designed to enhance your child's NSSA soccer experience, develop skills for their current season and prepare for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. 

*Sessions are organized in a pool-style comparable to the U9/10 competitive program, led by professional NSSA staff, NSSA's Directors of Coaching, and our U9/10 Technical Director.