Player Assessment Information

Lakehill Soccer Association player assessment criteria and polices of assessments are below. *For the upcoming assessment schedule see here.

Assessment Criteria

Players attempting to be selected for a top tier team(U11-U13 Gold, U14-U18 VIPL) must be able to prove that it is their "appropriate level", which is an equivalent balance of both successes and challenges. The individual should have the ability to experiment, and to comfortably execute a large percentage of various attacking techniques(dribbles, passes, shots) when performing at their best, especially in practice sessions. The technical staff will take into consideration additional factors such as attendance and dedication to the sport, but a combination of the four "ABCD" areas required of the relevant level must be deemed to be adequately​ ​met by the assessors:

  1. Athleticism (Speed + Strength).
     
  2. Ball Control​ (Dribbling + Passing & Receiving).
     
  3. Character​ (Motivation + "Coachability​").​
     
  4. Decis​ion Making​ (Awareness + Off the ball movement).

Simply "holding their own" is not an acceptable degree of success. Dribbling, and having regular success in doing so, should be a key focus for young players as this increases close control, creativity and problem solving, confidence, and both agility and balance.

The technical staff look for the most “effective” players in order to create the most viable and competitive team possible. “Effective” players are those who experience the highest degree of success in whatever it is they attempt to do on the field, whether it be passing, dribbling, shooting, sprinting or tackling. Positional responsibilities are also taken into consideration, where certain attributes are more necessary than others.

 


Play-Up Criteria

Players wishing to “play up” in an age group above their own must be able to prove that it is their "appropriate level", which is an equivalent balance of both successes and challenges. A combination of the four "ABCD" Assessment Criteria areas(mentioned above) required of the relevant level must be deemed to be adequately​ ​met by the assessors. Simply "holding their own" is not an acceptable degree of success. Dribbling, and having regular success in doing so, should be a key focus for young players as this increases close control, creativity and problem solving, confidence, and both agility and balance.

It must also be deemed that the younger player is not taking the place of an older player of a similar or equivalent ability. Additionally, if a player is needed to remain at their own age to increase the viability of a Lakehill team which competes against other clubs, then this factor will be strongly considered by the technical staff.