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Coerver Elite Performance Academy

Please Note: This Program is by Invite Only.

The fundamental goal of Coerver® Coaching is to develop soccer players with great skills. Coerver OC’s Elite Performance Academy does this intensely, systematically and in depth over the course of 7 weekly sessions that represent the highest level of the Coerver Curriculum. EPA athletes stand out from others in their age group – most notably in the skill, poise and confidence with which they play. They learn to “use that difference to make a difference” whenever they play. Training is as challenging mentally as it is demanding physically. Programs follow detailed, written lesson plans. Sessions are designed to immerse the most talented players in high-level skills training. They are done in a “climate of fearlessness”, where mistakes are viewed as great learning opportunities.

All players invited have been recommended by a Coerver coach and have separated themselves with top performances in our 2018 classes and camps. In those settings, senior members of the coaching staff have evaluated the players by the standards listed in Elite Performance Academy Overview.

Upon acceptance to the program, players are required to review the EPA Overview and Qualities of a Great Athlete in detail and fill out their goals online.

Players should be prepared to answer questions pertaining to the writings and demonstrate skills based on the online goal setting immediately on day 1 of class.



The Elite Performance Academy is a soccer program designed for athletes who are high achievers, who enjoy challenge and competition, who love the game and put a high priority on soccer.  

On the field, these are players with some “field smarts”, who are playing when they don’t have the ball.  They are thinking about how to get open for a pass.  They anticipate the movement of teammates and the ball, not just react to them.  When they have the ball, their play demonstrates composure much more often than panic.

These are not necessarily the players who appear to dominate on the field at the younger ages.  That recognition tends to go to the biggest and/or fastest players, who are often biggest and fastest simply because they are the oldest in the age group.  

The traits listed above are valuable to current effectiveness on the field.  They are less reliable predictors, however, of future success than the personal qualities athletes demonstrate not just as players, but in most of the things they do. 

Typically, these boys and girls will show determination – to get better, to learn all they can, to try things that are new and different.  They will be persistent and be the kind of persons who will work on their game not just in training and competitions but on their own, “when no one else is watching.”  They will have a competitive spirit, and perhaps a bit of flash and flare.  This combination of qualities is the primary consideration in evaluating candidates for places in the EPA.  


“Players who do not get a thorough grounding in soccer’s essential skills at the younger ages – by age 13 or 14 – are being cheated out of their futures in The Game.

The Coerver OC EPA curriculum is designed to develop players who possess:

             > A Dynamic First Touch – the skill and vision to place the ball with the first touch with either foot to a spot where it can be played again quickly and productively.  This is trained in every session and is a focus of the preparation that players are asked to do between sessions.

               Accuracy and Power when striking a ball, and the ability to use several surfaces of both feet in controlling the ball.

            Superior 1v1 Skills – the ability and confidence to take on and beat an opponent in a one-on-one situation, the poise to keep possession of the ball when under strong defensive pressure, and the skill when individually defending to shut down the artful attacker. Using some sort of one-on-one activity in every session produces players of remarkable skill and confidence when facing the individual duels that so often determine the outcome of a match.

Mastery of the Small Group Situations (2v1, 3v1, 3v2, etc.) that are the building blocks of team play.

            Mastery of the Great Soccer Habits, the little things great players do that make a big difference on the field and form the basis for a player’s Sense of the Game (a.k.a. “game smarts”.)  

             An Appreciation of the Competitive Process – learning to make the maximum effort at practice as well as in games, both to make yourself better and to challenge your teammates to be at their best

Study and repetition of the above core skills and values will develop poise, confidence and creativity on the ball, and will make for excellent use of the fundamental elements of team play.  Athletes will 
“see the game” and regularly anticipate the coming movements of players and the ball. They will demonstrate the ability to make good decisions about the mix of individualism (“I can beat you myself”) and team play (“or with the help of my teammates”).  And they will demonstrate the qualities of great athletes on the field and in all other aspects of their lives.




Please review info below to better understand proper goal setting before proceeding to the goal setting form.

Goal setting will take 15-30 minutes and cannot be saved prior to fully completing the online form. Please make sure to have ample time to finish it upon seating.

We want to make sure that each EPA goal can be specific and measurable to the EPA time frame.

Review Before Filling out Goals Form Online.

Parent help is welcome, goal setting WITH the players is smiled upon.

Why goal setting?

Good goal setting gives an athlete an edge in three areas:

1.   Goals provide direction.

2.   Goals provide feedback.

3.   Goals motivate; provide a daily purpose and build confidence

Basic Tips for Effective Goal Setting

Goal setting is not just about identifying what you want to achieve, but also how you will achieve it (process goals – Action steps) and measure that achievement (performance goals). When challenging goals are broken down into realistic steps and then systemically achieved motivation, commitment and self confidence will grow.

Goals must be set according to the stage of development, confidence, ability and motivation of the individual. In some aeas players will require shorter term achievable goals to boost their self-confidence whereas some experienced individuals need more challenging yet realistic goals.

Recommendations for Goal Setting 

Types of Goals

Outcome goals are related to winning and losing or specific results of a competition. These differ from performance and process goals. Because outcome goals are often influenced by others (including your opponents) they can be difficult for an athlete to control. A good outcome goal for some would be to have the highest juggling score in your EPA class.

Performance goals are related to various statistics that can help a person improve at what he/she is trying to do. For example, a forward may analyze his/her game and realize that she must develop the ability to strike powerful shots on goal with specifically her weak foot to open options to her game. Thus a performance goal for the winter season may be to consistently shoot at least 75% percent of shots at practice. Can I exceed 40 MPH with my left foot when we test Shooting Power? I want to have the ball on goal for 80% percent of the shots on goals I take with my right and left foot.

In addition to outcome goals and performance goals, a very important type of goal for athletes to set is process goals. 

Process goals are related to performance goals; they are what the athlete should focus on while performing a sport skill. For example, in addition to setting a performance goal of increasing the number of shots on target by ten percent, a forward may also set a goal to go focus on the same technique throughout the shot. It is thought that the more one focuses on process goals, the less that person will worry about how she performs and hopefully will then perform better. Thus, the athlete, through learning to set process and performance goals rather than outcome goals, is setting goals that she/he has control over….

I want to consistently strike a driven ball with my laces and have control of where the ball goes.  To build the confidence to strike with your laces a player should juggle with their laces understanding striking point. Next must master the 7 steps of shooting breaking it down to the absolute basics with plant foot and laces to master comfort in striking the ball with control. The fine tune details of the Process Goals will allow for performance and outcome goals to be achieved.

Action Steps

Specify rules and habits that must be set to achieve goal. “I want my weak foot shot to improve”.

1.   I will hold myself accountable to shoot the ball in the backyard with my weak foot only, for 15 minutes every other day.

2.   I will juggle with my weak foot only, before practice to gain comfort striking the ball with my laces.

EPA Director Expectations 

EPA players will be required to participate in a goal setting formal process. Players will fill out the Goal Setting Form starting (DATE) answering brief questions involving the Qualities of a Great Athlete, 2 short term goals, 1 intermediate goal and 1 long term goal in the EPA.  Within each goal players much outline two action steps he/she will take to accomplish this goal. Action steps should be used as benchmarks to periodically assess strengths/weaknesses allowing for adoption of a step to make sure goal will be accomplished.

At the end of the EPA, player evaluations amongst other features will be based on player’s original goals and their actions to reach goals. Players will be assessed not only on their competitive status within the group, but on ability to improve individually within their goals.

We will have a print out of your goals on the first day to be put in a binder for the Director of Coaching to review and hold players accountable every session to achieve goals.

Examples of Goals and Actions Steps are:

Goal: As a central midfielder I want to improve my composure on the ball increasing my ability to switch the point of attack and keep possession. I want to maintain possession 80% of the time.

Action Steps

Process:  Every time before I receive a ball, am I looking both ways? Does my touch give me time to make decisions with the ball? 
 - Look Before You Receive:  A Coerver habit that must be built into the game to best understand options and give the player time to be successful .  - Solidify 1st Touch: Does your touch allow you to play at the speed you must to be successful? 
 - I will strive to improve looking before receiving to 80% of the time or better in all practice activities, knowing this will translate to games.

Step 1. Practice 100 wall passes with each foot three times per week looking before the ball comes back to me.

Step 2. Juggle 2 hours a week to improve my comfort in my first touch. Not only juggle the ball at a low level, also challenge myself with balls high in the air to work on control of my first touch.

Step 3. Have a partner pass balls while you keep your first touch within 1 yard. Taking first touch different directions adapting to different game like situations.

Step 4. Consistently focus on the Great Soccer Habits like “Looking both ways prior to receiving” and “Calling for the ball with your movement”

Step 5.Watch several soccer matches and note the techniques of skillful central midfielders. Then visualize successful play in within the midfield for 5 minutes every day.


1. 7 Weekly sessions of the highest level of Coerver Performance Academy Training. (Over eight hours of training)
2. Session testing and evaluation.
3. Weekly assesment reports of player performance, improvement and goal setting.
4. Limited edition Coerver long sleeve training jersey.
5. Athlete Diary to record lesson information, assignments and goals.
6. Boot Bag
7. Gatorade tools





In 2019 Coerver Coaching will be Celebrating its 35th Anniversary.
The EPA athletes will be the first to wear the “35 Years” logo on their shoulder.
In addition, their jerseys will bear the number 14 recognizing them as the first 14 athletes to be accepted to the EPA.

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