Coaches are asked to evaluate the skill level of their players using the following criteria:
Dribbling/Ball Control – A player’s acquisition of the technique of moving the ball quickly, while under complete control combining pace, deception, and skill. Uses both feet, inside and outside, under control, under pressure. Composed manner, shielding and seldomg losing possession.
Passing/Serving – To accurately and concisely pass the ball at the correct pace to a teammate. Proper passing/receiving technique, passes to feet and to space, on the ground and lofted. Uses both feet and all parts of the feet.
Receiving/First Touch – Shows for the ball and receives cleanly. Uses either the right or left foot to trap the ball. Uses their body effectively to trap air balls. Does not wait for the ball, runs to the ball to receive it.
Shooting/Crossing/Striking – The ability to strike on goal with a variety of techniques from differing ranges and angles, with composure, showing the touch to score goals. The ability to drive long passes from goal and corner kicks. Proper shooting technique, on goal, off passes and volleys.
Speed/First to Ball – The ability to accomplish techniques quickly with efficient and fast movements in all areas on the field. Overall speed with the ball. Overall speed without the ball. Speed, quickness, reaction time.
Fitness – Overall endurance, ability to play entire match. Athletic abilities with respect to running, quick change of pace and direction (agility), leaping, and strength on and off the ball. Game fitness and shape.
Defensive Technique – Understands transition to defense. Demonstrates ability to contain attackers and knows when to challenge (tackle). Wins the ball under control (not just clearing). Some level of defensive support (ball, cover, support).
Game Sense – How well the player understands the tactical side of the game. Players understanding of principles of attacking and defending, and rules of the game. Aware of situational play, transition between attack and defend, makes a different in the play.
Positioning/Spatial – A player’s ability to read the game as it develops and to position themselves in the most advantageous area from which to support their team effectively. A player’s understanding of their position and other positions on the field. Understands positions and format the team is playing. Adjusts dynamically and accordingly.
Commitment to Game – Shows up for practices, listens, makes progress, shows good sportsmanship and applies lessons. Shows a desire to play soccer for the love of the game. Focused at games and practices. Eager to learn. Always makes best effort.