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  • Our Mission

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  • JSSA/Napoli Merger

JSSA exists as a vehicle to provide advanced training and development of youth soccer players, by providing a supportive and competitive environment in which to grow as an athlete, team, player and leader on and off the field and by emphasizing the importance of character, self confidence, and hard work. Under the oversight of professional coaches, each player will develop solid foundations of proper technical and tactical awareness. We will accomplish this through mastering the building blocks with ever increasing difficulty and by putting our training to the test in weekly matches.

Our coaching style at JSSA relies on positive reinforcement, humor and non-stressful, low volume critical feedback. We do our instructing in practice where players’ attention can be concentrated on skill building. We refrain from instructing players on the field during a game unless the directions are for positioning, attentiveness, or encouragement to meet a challenge. Our belief is that a player matures only when he/she is capable of making his/hers own decisions and we encourage all players to rely on each other, as well as the coaches.

Simply put, we believe that soccer is a game of skill and control. We work diligently to teach the techniques of the game (dribbling, passing, shooting, control, heading). We want every player to be confident with the ball at their feet and be able to play 1V1, both offensively and defensively. Our progression includes small group games and working on what we call shape (triangle and diamonds), offensively and defensively. We constantly emphasis a good first touch, which means the player can lift his/her head and begin to recognize options or choices that are available at any given point in time. This is what we call tactics or decision making. Now our progression is essentially numbers up situations and we work on 2v1, 3v1, 3v2, 4v1, 4v2 etc. on both sides of the ball. Our ultimate goal is playing a methodology which emphasizes possession on offense and pressure on defense; a team shape which involves playing in the other teams half and producing many goal scoring opportunities. Player development is and will continue to be our primary focus working with players from 6-18 years old. This method of play will produce good technically sound and tactically aware players which will ultimately produce team success on the field.

As of June 1, 2015, JSSA acquired FC Napoli. FC Napoli was formed in 2002 by Esad Darman, who started training a small group of U10-U14 players in a gym in Worcester, MA. Within 6 months, FC Napoli had its first tryouts and formed 3 teams, Girls U12, Girls U13 and Boys U11.

Esad Darman brought a unique style for developing and teaching young soccer players that set itself apart from other clubs. As a native of Europe, Esad built the foundation of training based upon proven successful European methods. FC Napoli teams were coached to play a pure posession attacking style, with an emphasis on team ball control, team defense and skilled team striker play. It is the shared belief that building a strong soccer foundation, focused on fundamentals, will not only develop strong individual players, but also achieve a lifelong love for the world game, that made the merger of FC Napoli and JSSA such a good fit.

All FC Napoli teams will now be known as JSSA Napoli.


Felicity Day

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Full Time Coaching Director

Felicity, John's eldest daughter, joined the family business after a successful college career at Mary Washington College. She was named All-American at college, went on to play soccer in England and was inducted to the University of Mary Washington's sports Hall of Fame in October 2009.