U17 AAA Boys High Performance Program Fall/Winter 2021-22

U17AAA Boys High-Performance Stream 
Fall/Winter 2021-22 powered by Talent Reel 

About the Program: 

UNITED DFC High-Performance U17AAA Boys will begin their Fall/Winter training after Thanksgiving in October 2021 and will be aimed towards the first extended Nova Scotia Soccer 11 v 11 League in Spring 2022. 

Before that, they will have a winter training block and 7 v 7 Exhibition games in January-March 2022. This project is designed to give them the necessary skill set and physicality to deal with the AAA High-Performance environment. 



We are delighted that this season the U17AAA Boys Head Coach will be our Technical Director (Youth/Senior) Iain King who is a UEFA A License and Canadian Youth License coach. 

Iain is taking the post to mentor assistant coach Kaveh Wornell, one of our top emerging talents and a leading Varsity player with Saint Mary’s University, towards head coach standards as part of our Future Coach initiative. 

They will be joined in the coaching team by parent coaches Kory Pike and Trevor Hall who have vast experience in these roles from their time at the club and will be invaluable. 


Added Program Value 2021: 

In the Summer block of this Program our AAA players, both male and female, enjoyed expert tuition from Professor Sebastian Harenberg of St Francis Xavier University on Sports Psychology. 

They were also given advice on nutrition from leading expert in the field Alfredo Angione. 

These links will continue to be developed in Fall/Winter and we will enhance also the content from our partners at ACCEL Physiotherapy on Mental Performance, Injury Prevention and Nutrition. We also added dedicated goalkeeping sessions to the Programs which will continue throughout Fall/Winter. 


Try-out Procedure 

Any parent of a player wishing to try out for a slot on the U17AAA Boys should in the first instance email Technical Director Iain King on to begin the process. 

The player will then be invited into a week of sessions by the coaching staff that will see them assessed in at least two practices. 

After this, a decision will be taken between coaching staff and TD on whether the offer of a slot should be made and the player/parents will be informed. If a slot is not offered then detailed feedback will be given on the areas the player would need to improve upon to reach AAA level.    


Player Selection Policy: 

In common with all United DFC AAA streams, entry to this program is by INVITATION ONLY which is strictly adhered to. Unless you receive an invitation email from our Technical Director (Youth/Senior) Iain King then please do NOT attempt to register your child at this level. 

Please note the following Four-Point Approach: 


  • All children wishing to try out for our AAA programs will be given the chance in Open Development Sessions held over October and early November. 

  • The Four Corners of the game – Technical, Tactical, Psychological and Social – are pondered when deciding a players’ suitability to the Program. 

  • The players are monitored throughout the previous season both in training and in matches using the club’s VEO analysis system. 

  • The Team Coaches, who have been in contact throughout the year, then have a final meeting with the Technical Directors to decide the make-up of each squad.  


Cost (Fall/Winter 2021/22): 

To be confirmed (TBC) 

Funding support available - please see KidSport (here) or JumpStart (here). For further support, please contact Club directly. 

Payments may be made in installments between September 1, 2021, and March 14, 2022 - the first payment is due upon registration. 


Training sessions 2022 

The team will have soccer sessions twice a week in winter and there will also be a new Strength and Conditioning night at a facility in Dartmouth. Further details on this new initiative will be sent to all registrants. To add variety to our program provision we will also be added the new cut-price United Dartmouth Futsal Club, you can find the link for this fun Program elsewhere on the website. 


Fees Include: 

-Facility Costs/Rentals 

-Coaching staff costs 

-Club Administration Fees 

-Coaching Costs 

-Registration with Governing Bodies (Canada & Soccer Nova Scotia) 

-United DFC Club Administration & Registration Costs 

-Team Equipment  

-League Fees & Costs 

-Referee / Game Leader Costs 

-Coach Education, workshops, professional development opportunities 


Uniform/Clothing Training Requirements:

Click here for our uniform/training clothing requirements


Key Dates: 

September 8: Program information released and registration opens 

Week beginning Tuesday, October 12: First U17AAA Boys High-Performance Training sessions of the Program. 

December 1, 2021 – week beginning January 4, 2022: Program on break for mandated player rest. 

January 5 – March 11: Pre-season and SNS-backed series of indoor exhibition games.  

March 14-18, 2022: March Break 

March 19 – mid-October: Training resumes and the new enhanced 11 v 11 season begins.