Friday Night Skills Club

Friday Night Skills Club

Gulf Coast Soccer’s Skills Club is a weekly, player-centered program, taught by our licensed, professional coaches, that focuses on developing core soccer skills. For the beginner player, basic elements of soccer such as running, passing and receiving, teamwork and coordination with the ball will be taught. Staff will also build on the fundamentals of soccer and individual balls mastery, all taught with fun skill-building activities and games.

Why Join the Skills Club? 

Kids have more fun playing soccer when they can dribble through defenders, make timely passes, and take exciting shots. Unlike other sports, soccer players' dependence on their feet requires that they learn to control and manipulate the ball at a very young age (see box below). The Skills Club program was developed to improve these fundamental skills for players ages 6-12 so they can have more success and have more fun on the field. The Skills Club runs 6-weeks in the spring season and 8-weeks in the fall.

US Soccer Stages of Player Development

Initial Stage (5-7 years old)

  • The focus is on fun games with and without the ball, basic motor skills, technical training focuses on introductory dribbling, stopping/starting with the ball and shooting.

Basic Stage  (8-11 years old)

  • Ideal age to learn soccer-specific techniques and skills, 1st touch, passing, moves, change of direction, 1v1, 2v1 attacking and defending, and combination play.

Intermediate Stage (12-13 years old)

  • With proper training at younger ages, players at this stage are working to perfect and speed up their technical skill while training focus shifts to the tactics of how to play the game.

"Without technique, there are no tactics!"

—Karl-Heinz Heddergott, former US Soccer Director of Coaching


8-Week Session Plan  
Week Training Topics
1 Dribbling, Cuts & Turns
2 1 v 1 Moves
3 1v1 & 2v2 Defending
4 Passing & Receiving
5 Shooting & Finishing
6 1 v 1 Moves
7 Shooting & Finishing
8 Passing, Receiving and Turning

  • When: Friday Nights 5:30-645pm, beginning Sept. 7  through Oct. 26
  • Where: Gulf Coast Soccer Complex
  • Staff: Gulf Coast Professional Trainers
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early. These sessions will start and end on time. 
  • Players should wear their training tee to each session and bring a soccer ball, shin-guards, and a water bottle.
  • Questions? Email
  • Registration: Limited spots available on a first come, first-in basis!
  • Cost: $40.00 (includes Skills Club training tee)
  • Online: Registration is Open