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King of Prussia Soccer Club Announces New Player Development Pathway for Youth Soccer in Upper Merion

January 2020

King of Prussia Soccer Club is pleased to announce a new comprehensive player development pathway. The new pathway model will include both revisions to current KOPSC programs as well as brand new academies aimed to provide an appropriate level of play for children of all ages and abilities.

Club President Jim Roberts stated, “Our founder, Jim Baxter, wanted a place for the children of our community to play the beautiful game of soccer.  Under this new structure, we will provide this experience through a range of academies for players to be performing at a level that matches their commitment and skill. This pathway is a more natural progression from intramural to travel programs compared to the club’s previous model.”

In addition to unveiling the new pathway model, the club also announces a new strategic partnership with Maestro Soccer, LLC to appoint Andrew Duffy as Director of Coaching for the club and Keith Conway to serve as Director of Player Development.  Together, they will play a major role in implementing the new player pathway that revises and updates the club’s former Intramural and Travel programs into 5 new levels of youth soccer instruction and game activities. These new academies will serve to provide an appropriate level of game play for children of all ages and abilities.

Player Development Pathway

  • JUNIOR PRUSSIANS ages 3-5 (U4-U6 players)

    • The goal of this program will be for children to have fun and be active, as well as get them excited about soccer, and for parents to enjoy their first soccer experience with their kids.

  • DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ages 6-9 (U7-U10 players)

    • This new program will provide players their first exposure to a dedicated team structure, once-a-week practice, and weekend games.  It will focus on motivating players to continue their skills development, and foster a love of the game.

  • TRAVEL ACADEMY ages 8-18 (U9-U19)

    • KOPSC’s new Travel Academy will closely mirror the former travel program and will be aimed at the travel player who enjoys soccer, but also likes to play other sports or participate in different activities in the winter and spring.

  • SELECT ACADEMY ages 8-18 (U9-U19)

    • For players that consider soccer as ‘their primary sport’, KOPSC’s Select Academy will provide more consistent, year-round training for players of higher-ability, as determined by annual player evaluations.

  • PREMIER ACADEMY ages 8-18 (U9-U19)

    • For the truly elite players, as demonstrated by outstanding results from annual player evaluations each spring, KOPSC is pleased to announce a new Premier Academy program.

In addition to these five new programs, KOPSC will promote additional training opportunities for players throughout the year, including Specialty Clinics, Summer Camps, and in-house Winter Indoor programs.

Check out our website, for additional details and watch for upcoming registration to open soon! Follow us on Facebook to see the latest updates!