S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S.M.A.R.T Goals

Setting goals is a crucial aspect of a child’s development as a youth soccer player. CASC is introducing the concept of SMART goals that all our players from ages 7-18 will be taking part in to improve their soccer IQ. 

Simply put for youth soccer players, SMART means setting goals that are Specific (like getting better at dribbling), Measurable (so you can see your progress), Achievable (possible for you to do), Relevant (helping your team do better), and Time-bound (you have a timeframe to do it). It’s like making a treasure map to become an awesome soccer player! (See Examples)

By focusing on relevant goals that contribute to a player’s development and the team’s success,  a player can track their progress, stay motivated, and develop a strong work ethic. Here’s a breakdown of each component:

1. Specific: Clearly define what you want to achieve. Be precise about the goal so that everyone understands what is expected. When drafting your goal, try to answer the five “W” questions:

  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • Which resources or limits are involved?

2. Measurable: Establish criteria to track progress. Define how you will measure or evaluate the goal’s accomplishment to ensure it’s clear when it has been achieved. A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

3. Achievable: Ensure the goal is realistic and attainable. It’s important that the goal is challenging but still possible to accomplish with effort and commitment.

 4. Relevant: Align the goal with broader objectives. Make sure the goal matters and contributes to the overall mission or purpose.

5. Time-Bound: Set a deadline for achieving the goal. This creates a sense of urgency and helps prevent the goal from being overlooked or postponed indefinitely.

Goal Setting Worksheets

Download the appropriate worksheets below per birthyear. Each player should try to start with 3 SMART goals.
Parents, please guide your child but let them come up with their own goals. 

OLDERS – 2006-2010
(Word doc)  (pdf)

YOUNGERS – 2011-2017
(Word doc)  (pdf)


  • Specific: Improve long-range passing accuracy.
  • Measurable: Successfully complete 8 out of 10 long-range passes before or after practice sessions.
  • Achievable: Dedicate 10-20 minutes of each practice session to long-range passing drills.
  • Relevant: Enhancing long-range passing ability can contribute to creating goal-scoring opportunities for the team.
  • Time-bound: Achieve this within 6 weeks.

Improve long-range passing accuracy by successfully completing 8 out of 10 long-range passes outside team practice sessions within 6 weeks.

  • Specific: Improve ball control while dribbling at speed.
  • Measurable: Complete a dribbling course of varying obstacles and challenges without losing control of the ball.
  • Achievable: Practice dribbling at speed for 10-15 minutes outside team training sessions.
  • Relevant: Improved ball control can help in beating opponents and creating goal-scoring opportunities.
  • Time-bound: Achieve this within 6 weeks.

Enhance ball control while dribbling at speed by completing a dribbling course of varying obstacles and challenges without losing control of the ball within 6 weeks.

  • Specific: Increase the number of successful tackles per game.
  • Measurable: Successfully complete 5 out of 7 attempted tackles during matches.
  • Achievable: Focus on defensive positioning and timing during team drills to improve tackling success rate.
  • Relevant: Effective tackling can help in regaining possession and preventing opposition attacks.
  • Time-bound: Achieve this within 5 matches.

Increase the number of successful tackles per game by successfully completing 5 out of 7 attempted tackles during matches within 10 matches.

  • Specific: Enhance my initial burst of speed from a stationary position over a 10-yard distance.
  • Measurable: Reduce their 10-yard sprint time from 2.2 seconds to 2.0 seconds within 30 days.
  • Achievable: Achieve a 0.2-second improvement in their 10-yard sprint time.
  • Relevant: Improving 10-yard sprint speed is directly relevant to the player’s performance on the soccer field, where short sprints are frequently required.
  • Time-bound: Aim to achieve the targeted 10-yard sprint time of 2.0 seconds, by working 3 times a week for 30 days through consistent training and practice, such as forward and backward speed drills.

Increase the speed of our 10 yard sprints from 2.2 to 2.0 seconds, by working on specific speed drills three times a week for then next 30 days.