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About Wooster Soccer Association

This is the official site for the Wooster Soccer Association (WSA).  We are located in the Northeast Ohio region, serving Wayne and surrounding counties.  Our club's steady increase in participation constantly stretches the limits of our facilities at the Wooster Soccer Complex located at 100 Oldman Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691.   

Our Director of Coaching and Player development, Graham Ford, has implemented the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) curriculum at all age groups and levels of instruction.  This curriculum provides a consistent and goal-oriented framework that guides all training and instruction.  A more detailed description of the Wooster Soccer roadmap can be found here.  

Overarching Philosophy:
WSA believes that skill development, personal development, team development, robust competition, and fun (for players and parents) are completely compatible concepts. One doesn't need to be sacrificed for the others. Practice Model: Teams generally practice 2 - 3 days per week. One practice day is Academy style with Coach Ford and an emphasis on technical skills, including foot skills and ball control. Teams participate as a group with their coaches assisting. The second practice day is team-specific and is run exclusively by the team coaches. A third practice consists of functional training offered by Coach Ford usually on Saturdays. The club also offers additional training with Coach Ford at various points during the year to allow players the opportunity to further develop their skills.

Coach Support:
The WSA coaches are volunteers who have committed to providing the very best possible experience for all players. The coaches receive ongoing guidance/training from our Director of Coaching so that they can best serve our players and teams. Competition: We compete to win, and expect our teams to be successful on the field. We will not, however, attempt to win at all cost. In order for players to improve they need to play. All players will be given sufficient playing time. All children chosen for a Wooster Edge roster spot will have demonstrated sufficient ability, attitude, and drive, in addition to the good potential to be able to compete at the travel level.  

Do not hesitate to contact a board member or Coach Ford with any questions. For general questions related to the Club, you may contact any member of the W.S.A. Board or for specific questions related to the Wooster Edge Teams you may contact:

WSA President: 
 Rich Fitzsimmons - [email protected] 
Director of Coaching and Player Development: 
Graham Ford - [email protected]
Director of Girls Travel:  
James Fox - [email protected]

Thank you for your interest in Wooster Soccer!  


Road Map for Youth Soccer Participation in Wooster 

Our overarching goal is to implement the USSF curriculum to give Quality Experienced Coaching in a FUN LEARNING environment.

1) Pre-School Soccer Ages 3-4

• Fall Classes instructor WSA Director of Coaching(Four classes in September parent involvement is expected.)

• Winter Classes November- April Indoors small groups 9-12 at Declaration Crossfit facility midweek and Saturday classes available. Instructor WSA Director of Coaching.

• Spring Classes instructor WSA Director of Coaching (Four classes in May)


2) Micro Soccer Ages U6.

• Fall Classes twice a week during September.

• Winter Classes November- April Indoors small groups 9-12 at Declaration Crossfit facility midweek and Saturday classes available. Instructor Graham Ford.

• Spring Classes twice a week during May.


3) U7/U8 Edge Boys and Girls Developmental Academy.  - 
The aim of these training practices and games are to teach U7/U8 Boys and Girls correct fundamental soccer techniques, tactics and sportsmanship. All training practices will be conducted by the Wooster Soccer Association Director of Coaching Training,practices will also be an opportunity for parents to become involved in coaching, by learning age appropriate coaching practices as well as tactics to use in 5v5 games.

• Fall U7 teams will practice twice a week and have inter-squad 5v5 games on Saturdays.

• Fall U8 teams will practice twice a week and have organized 5v5 league games.

• Winter Training including inter-squad games November-March held every Saturday at Victory Indoor Soccer Facility conducted by WSA Director Of Coaching.

• Spring U7 teams will practice twice a week and have organized 5v5 league games.

• Spring U8 teams will practice twice a week and have organized 5v5 league games.


4) U8-U14 Edge Travel (GOLD) Teams for Boys and Girls.

• Fall practice is conducted twice a week. Once a week practice is run by the WSA Director of Coaching and one-hour functional training sessions are offered every Saturday morning for no additional cost.

• Winter Skill Development Classes November- March are offered every Friday Evening at Gault Recreation Facility WHS for no additional cost.

• Spring practice is conducted twice a week. Once a week practice is run by the WSA Director of Coaching and one-hour functional training sessions are offered every Saturday morning for no additional cost.

• Summer Skill Development Classes are offered every Friday evening during July for no additional cost.


5) U8-U14 Edge (Blue) Teams for Boys and Girls. 
(Formerly Parks and Recreation Teams)

• Fall practice is conducted twice a week. One hour functional training sessions are offered every Saturday morning for no additional cost.

• Winter Skill Development Classes November- March are offered every Friday Evening at Gault Recreation Facility WHS for no additional cost.

• Spring practice is conducted twice a week.One hour functional training sessions are offered every Saturday morning for no additional cost.

• Summer Skill Development Classes are offered every Friday evening during July for no additional cost.

PRIVATE ADDITIONAL ADVANCED GROUP FUNCTIONAL TRAINING OFFERED WEEKLY IN THE WINTER BY WSA COACHING DIRECTOR GRAHAM FORD AT VICTORY TRAINING FACILITY

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