TSA Mission Statement


The Tucson Soccer Academy (“TSA”) seeks to provide the best possible learning environment and overall experience for the players in our programs through its relentless commitment to excellence and by demanding the highest standards of conduct. The highest priority for all TSA coaches and staff is the safety and well-being of TSA players. Other core values include personal improvement, enjoyment of the game, the pursuit of excellence, honesty, integrity, and supporting our community. We strive to assist our players and staff in becoming better individuals on and off the soccer field.



In the spring of 2000, the landscape of youth soccer in Tucson changed forever.  A handful of experienced Tucson coaches and some forward-thinking club presidents came together with the goal of advancing youth soccer. Together, they conceived and launched the Tucson Soccer Academy, a youth club specifically designed to match talented, committed players with top coaches. TSA’s determination to offer more advanced instruction and more high-level competition has yielded remarkable results in just 12 years.  Today, the club has broadened its scope to serve youth players of all abilities and all ages, while maintaining its commitment to excellence. From a total of just 10 teams from U-14 to U-18 in 2000, TSA has grown to an organization of 1,000 recreational, developmental, and competitive youth players. In the process, TSA has proven to be a critical stepping-stone for hundreds of boys and girls who have gone on to successful collegiate careers and various other pursuits. Our proudest achievements are the accomplishments of our former players.



In terms of style of play, TSA believes in generally allowing the individual coach to decide what is appropriate for the age and skill level of their teams.  However, with that in mind, there remain certain core player qualities that are central to all TSA competitive programs and our mission to develop players who can compete at the highest level.  We strive for our players to have:

  • Outstanding character
  • Highly developed competitive instincts
  • Technical excellence
  • Very advanced speed of play
  • Instantaneous transition
  • Excellent levels of fitness
  • Excellent movement off the ball
  • The ability to defend well individually and in groups
  • Advanced levels of tactical awareness



As indicated below, the overall emphasis in training varies according to the age group of the players. Since the ultimate goal is to provide a rewarding experience and to help players reach their potential, coaches within each age group focus on the areas of emphasis that are appropriate for that age group.

         U8 and below

1.     Love of the game

2.     Technical development

3.     Physical and psychosocial development


            U9 & U10


1.     Love of the game

2.     Technical development

3.     Physical and psychosocial development


            U11 – U14

1.     Advanced technical development

2.     Love of the game

3.     Intermediate tactics

4.     Competitiveness

5.     Physical and psychosocial development


            U15 – U19

1.     Highly refined technical development

2.     Advanced tactics

3.     Intense competition

4.     Intensive physical training

5.     Frequent exposure to highly demanding psychological environments

6.     Position specialization


For recreational players in older age groups, coaches adjust their focus to accommodate the less intense expectations and needs of the players, while still pursuing the overall goal of player development.  More specifically, the emphasis for these players is improvement, fitness, fun, and other experiential rewards.


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