MISSION: To PRODUCE Professional, International, and University level players and to provide every player the ability to reach their utmost potential.
VISION: Futuro will be referred to as the breeding ground for Ottawa soccer players. Training of top players will take centre stage as we produce players to play at the highest level possible.
PHILOSOPHY: Futuro players will play a style of JOGA BONITO (beautiful) soccer which emphasizes the following:
Possession based attacking strategy through the freedom of player movement with the emphasis of switching the ball across the width of the field to unbalance the opposition in order to create opportunities to play penetrating balls forward and to create confident individuals who can display their creativity and flair in the attacking third. Defensive strategy of getting every player behind the ball immediately after losing possession in order to win the ball back in the least amount of time to counter attack with speed and purpose.
We will teach our players to do this through emphasizing the following:
Attacking principles of play (width, depth/support, mobility, penetration and Improvisation)
Play out from the defending third with quality passing as a primary option
Combination play amongst the midfield players in the middle third of the field
Individual creativity by using 1v1 moves in the attacking third of the field
Defensive principles of play (delay, concentration, depth, balance, patience and restraint)
SIGNIFICANCE OF ACADEMY NAME: Futuro is a Portuguese word that means, "THE FUTURE". With the long term vision of producing players who can make a living in the game, our only focus in the academy will be to pave the way for our players to be successful where ever they end up with their playing careers.
WRITE THE FUTURE: Our slogan is simple and reminds our players that each one of them has the opportunity to dream big, reach for the stars and to create their own destiny on and off the field.
Soccer is known worldwide as the beautiful game. It takes hard working, motivated, and committed young players to learn how to play soccer beautifully. There are many life skills learned by young players in training that are transferrable to all aspects of their lives. While our ambitions have no ceiling, the reality is that not all of our young players will earn a living playing professionally. Therefore, it is important that we focus on education as a viable alternative, and as a means to earning a living and contributing to our society. As Xavi of Barcelona says of La Massia, "Some youth academies worry about winning, we worry about education." It is no coincidence that one of the 7 Pillars is Educationally Sound. We will link the 6 Learning Skills and Work Habits from the Ontario Curriculum - Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Regulation - into our program. These learning skills have connections on and off the field with playing the beautiful game and they will be tied into the first 4 of 7 Pillars listed below. Focussing on Learning Skills allows players to focus on effort at school and not worry about grades - try hard and we will help players reach their potential.
Does not lie, cheat or steal
Stays enthusiastic, confident and positive
Discipline to control emotions
Doesn't dwell on mistakes
Ability to interact with teammates, coaches, parents and media
Responsible for self and team
Works hard to maintain good grades (minimum standards will be required to remain in the academy)
Turns in assignments on time
* Each player will go through a formal interview with our Education Advisor each reporting period to make sure they are attaining the required standards
Speed, Endurance, Athleticism, Quickness, Agility, Core Strength, Flexibility
Technical Speed (how quick and clean with the ball)
Receiving, Running with the ball, Retaining the ball & Releasing the ball
Tactical Speed (recognition and reaction)
Understands and applies Principles of Play
Understanding of how to
1. Attack when opponents are 'in balance'
2. Attacking when opponents are 'out of balance'
3. Defending when our team is 'in balance'
4. Defending when our team is 'out of balance'
"Some youth academies worry about winning, we worry about education" - Xavi from Barcelona FC and Spain.