Playing Standards

Metro and Gold Players

Metro and Gold level players should be able to do the following consistently well, relative to other players their age:
  • Control the ball with all parts of their body.
  • Control the ball from a variety of service (i.e. in the air, bouncing, on the ground).
  • Strike the ball with both feet and in specific ways that allow them to hit the ball the way they intend to (i.e. to shoot, volley, to chip, to pass with intended velocity) accurately.
  • Move with the ball under control at speed.
  • Defend with good awareness, patience and technique.
  • Make good, early decisions with the ball that show emerging tactical awareness.
  • Involve teammates in the game rather than doing everything themselves.
  • Have the fitness, speed, coordination, and strength to play at the highest level.
  • Be committed to play and practice on a high level youth team. It is expected that all efforts will be made to attend all games and practices. Please review the Team, Player, Coach Expectations Chart below.

Silver players

Silver level players may demonstrate some or most of the characteristics above, but may not meet the Gold level requirements as they may still be developing one or more of the above components or may not be able to do them consistently or on demand. For example, a Silver player may demonstrate very good ball control and tactical game awareness but has not yet developed the fitness, speed or strength to compete at the
Gold level. They may also be able to demonstrate a strong ability in a particular aspect of the game in a drill that has no opposition but then not be able to do the same thing under pressure in a game-like environment. Please review the Team, Player, Coach Expectations Chart below.

House players

House level players may not meet the Silver level requirements as they may still be developing most of the components outlined above. Please review the Team, Player, Coach Expectations Chart below. 

Team, Player, Coach Expectations Chart

Coach Notes:                                           

  • If coaches add an optional session during the season, the session must be clearly designated and identifiable by the players/parents and should not reflect on a players commitment or playing time.                                           
  • Coaches/managers may add other team events from time to time such as team socials (ie year end party) or team fundraisers.
  • During spring and summer coaches in the same age group and level are encourage to discuss holding joint practices. This will ease the coaching load as well as provide for better training environments if players are away.                                           
  • As with above, during spring and summer coaches in the same age group are encouraged to cooperate in sharing players for exhibtion games as players may be away.                                                        

Player Notes:                                           

  • Players are expectated to make their soccer team a priority. On the chart above, the darker the shade, the more of a priority (stronger commitment) the soccer team should be.                                    
  • Players are expected to make a strong commitment (practices, games & tournaments). Occasional absences for special circumstances (ie major school event) are acceptable as long as they are respectfully communicated to coaches in advance.   
  • Any ongoing conflict or prolonged absences (ie family holiday) must be communicated and worked out  well in advance with team coach.
  • It is expected that a players regular assigned NVFC Team will be their first and foremost soccer commitment in the spring, fall and winter seasons ahead of any other complimentary or supplemental soccer programs.