Massachusetts Youth Soccer has adopted the US Youth Soccer Player Development Model ("PDM"). The PDM provides a coaching curriculum for age groups Under-6 to Under-19. The PDM curriculum is designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer's 55 member State Associations and more than 5,500 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.

"The US Youth Soccer Player Development Model was a team effort by coaches and administrators from across the United States," said Sam Snow, US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching. "It will provide not only direction for age appropriate training and matches, but will also give the facts behind the developmental format. I'm confident the Player Development Model will prove to be useful to soccer clubs of every size and level of play for many years to come."

The Player Development Model features a simple structure to guide all coaches through the steps of strategically training players and preparing for matches. For ease of application, the model is broken into sections for preteen and teenaged players. When used in conjunction with the US Youth Soccer Vision and Skills School Manual, the Player Development Model will provide clubs of all levels guidance and information to assist their coaches and players. To download the latest version of the US Youth Soccer Player Development Model