Slidell Soccer Club is excited to announce its partnership with AFC AJAX in the Netherlands. AFC Ajax is considered to be the most premier club in the world in terms of developing players from their youth academy to the professional ranks. AJAX has won the Dutch League over 30 times and the Champions League 4 times. The list of world-class players that have emerged from the Ajax youth system is well over two hundred - and that's with very strict definition of what constitutes world class. Current top players include Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edwin van der Saar, Wesley Sneidjer, Klass Jan Huntelaar, Rafael van der Vaart, Clarence Seedorf, Nigel de Jong, and many more.
Along with its partnership, SYSC coaches also have access to the “The Ajax Online Academy”. This is an expansion of the Ajax brand and philosophy through the web. It presents over 1000 different exercises and its curriculum used at the club's training center in Amsterdam; complete with descriptions, diagrams, animations, and videos of Ajax youth players performing during its sessions. SYSC is proud to be one of six "Pioneer Clubs" in North America using the Ajax Online Academy.
Our partnership with Ajax also closely aligns with SYSC with the philosophy and methods now recommended by the US Soccer Federation in its recently released document, U.S. Soccer Curriculum.
Ajax Principles of Play
• Play attacking, dominant, attractive soccer.
• Full field pressure when in defense.
• The ball is always moving.
• Players are moving – in front of, behind and around the ball.
• Pass with a purpose – place a “message” on the ball.
• Be open to receive the ball.
• Limit the touches on the ball – play efficiently.
• Play the ball forward – always look for the number 9 – in this way you see all other options also.