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Development: The Journey of Patience
Eagleclaw FC was founded in 2010, inspired by a single question:
"Why can't the United States produce as many top soccer players as countries in Europe and South America?"
We reject the traditional model of U.S. soccer clubs that focus exclusively on building teams through tryouts and cuts at the youngest ages. Instead, we focus on developing players by providing a complete soccer education for players beginning at age 5. School teachers don't cut students, they teach them and work to raise the level of each student. Parents should expect the same from youth soccer coaches.
We believe that from age 5-12, the most important thing we can do for players is help them develop a solid base of technical skill and ball mastery, while at the same time introducing them to a modern, Spanish-inspired, possession-style of play. In this way, kids continue to love the game and learn how to play a beautiful and intelligent style of soccer. We accompany them on this journey as teachers, working patiently and without judgment. We know development isn't a straight line like climbing stairs. Its more like ocean waves, surging, receding and then surging again. We are certain talent and abilities can be developed through hard work. Setbacks and feedback are just information kids can use to continue learning and improving. Calm and skilled coaches helping kids develop and live a growth mindset. That is the secret to Eagleclaw!
Our Advanced Academy is truly higher learning for players age 13-18. This is the age when try-outs make sense and team development takes center stage. Our Advanced Academy teams epitomize the "Eagleclaw Way" of playing. Technical brilliance. Ruthless possession. Relentless defending. And always playing like lightning, at the speed of thought.
For the ambitious, performance-driven player, our Valencia Discovery Program (VDP) provides a top level of training, competition and a pathway to pursue professional playing opportunities in Spain with Valencia CF.
Eagleclaw is built around a Spanish playing philosophy and training methodology that develops technically skilled, creative and highly intelligent players.