It's tryouts season, so I thought I'd put a tryouts question there. It's Utopia. You get to design your tryouts for whatever age group level. What's your set up? What do you look for? No worries about development or politics, you just have a pool of players. Who do you pick? We can pull this back to reality if this discussion goes anywhere. For me in a perfect world: -I'm probably looking for speed and coordination, personality (coachability, attitude). If we're talking U8-U12s, maybe I'm not super concerned about technical and tactical skills because those can be taught. I'd also try to find a way to gauge the parents. In reality I take whoever is left and try to make the best soccer player out of 'em.