– Our mission –
to provide a platform to
turn potential into excellence
in all we do – on and off the field
We strive to ensure that players are developing rapidly while being trained and supported by the best staff and playing against the best competition. Players will learn to excel in a progressive environment, which should help in preparing players to take the Canadian game to the next level.
Our system provides the opportunity for players to compete in top-level soccer throughout the year. We believe that every player is capable of improving his or her overall soccer performance. We are committed to providing the instruction and support to give our players the best opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of age or level.
All of our players deserve the same opportunity to improve their overall soccer performance, in a manner that is relevant to their potential. This includes increasing their technical skill sets and their understanding of basic tactical relationships, (1v1 to 4v4), and improving their fitness level and their willingness to compete.
We believe that youth sports programs encourage and promote healthy strong kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others.
Given our city and communities culturally diverse demographic, challenges can arise on how to bond everyone together. One vehicle to overcome these challenges is the continued use of Sports to unite our youth into one cohesive unit. One example of a sport, which embraces our goal, is soccer.
As a team sport, soccer promotes fairness and tolerance. The game helps to overcome barriers between the sexes, facilitate mutual understanding, and contribute towards positive personality and character development. It provides lessons in strategies of peaceful debate, nurtures the ability to handle defeat and shapes personality.
We look to utilize the social and educational potential of soccer and sport in general for youth development. We encourage socially disadvantaged young girls and boys in such a way that they are able to take charge of their own lives and shape them in a positive manner.
AFC Southampton holds each play accountable to our 5P Motto:
At AFC Southampton, we aim to play positive attacking football that originate from the back at all times. We emphasize keeping possession of the ball in all sectors of the pitch with the aim to go forward when the opportunities arise. We want our teams to play soccer with a controlled tempo from back to front; with the aim to dominate possession of the ball so we can dictate the flow of the game.
We train well rounded players who are comfortable with and without the ball, and aim to create players who are comfortable anywhere on the field that contribute to our team goals across all phases of play.
Our tactical philosophy is a play style that includes toughness, dispersing the ball rapidly, and approaching the game with a high degree of confidence.
However, with that in mind, there remains a certain core player quality that is central to all AFC competitive programs and our mission is to develop players who can compete at the highest level.
We strive for players to have
- Outstanding character
- Highly developed competitive instincts
- Technical excellence
- Very advanced speed of play
- Excellent levels of fitness
- Excellent movement off the ball
- The ability to defend well individually and in groups
- Advanced levels of tactical awareness
Our team focuses on the individual - we nurture and develop players to become the best they can be.
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We are proud to be Southampton FC's first International Academy Partner in Ontario, Canada.
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