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Winter Programs

Small-Sided Games

This program was known last year as "futsal." Since we are playing on turf rather than a hard court, we are no longer calling it futsal but instead "Small-Sided Games."

Small-sided games allow players to constantly concentrate on the attacking and defensive principles of play. Since possessions are short and players are always near the play, players are consistently engaged in attacking, defending, transition play, or goal scoring. 

This constant participation is FUN! It also accelerates player development since they are receiving enjoyable, competitive touches. 

Why are small-sided games a great training method? 

  • The smaller distances to the ball and to the goal, combined with fewer players on the field create a gameplay situation where EVERY player is involved. 
  • This maximum participation may lead to quicker technical advancement and promotes more advanced tactical understanding of gameplay principles. 
  • The inclusive nature of the game builds confidence. Confidence breeds success and success breeds confidence. 
  • Sprinting, endurance, and physicality are relevant in small-sided games but not at the expense of gameplay understanding or technical excellence. Skill development wins out over physical advantages. 

Get Fast Boot Camp

Speed impacts your performance. This winter, CFJNS is introducing Speed, Agility, and Quickness (SAQ) training to our program. SAQ programming will offer different programs over the course of the soccer year, and this winter we are offering our Get Fast Boot Camp. 

The course will focus on strengthening the abdominal core muscles, as well as improving foot quickness and body control. Training will address proper sprinting technique and mechanics. It will also include plyometric movements to work on each player's quick feet, coordination, and agility. 

Players will be assigned a folder to keep their performance measurements. This folder will be kept by the coaching staff and brought to each training session. Players will record their own measurements in their folder in order to advance their personal goal setting. 


Coaching Staff

Dani Martinez

Dani Martinez

Director, Camps and Clinics

Coaching Staff

Coach Josha Kruvand has over 20 years of experience as a professional in strength and fitness training. Growing up in St. Charles, IL, soccer was a priority for Josha all the way through high school, as she represented her hometown in the Illinois IHSA State Championships, winning twice, in 1992 and 1994.  She went on to play Division 1 Soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where her #22 Jersey is retired. As team captain, Josha lead the UWM Panthers to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in her first year. After college Josha continued to play semi-professional and professional soccer. She helped lead the Chicago Cobras to a W-League National Championship in 2000, and after relocating by way of the WUSA draft, Josha helped the Boston Renegades capture their own National Championship. With Boston, she was awarded the W-League’s “Defender of the Year” accolade.  In 2013 she was inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Athletic Hall of Fame.

Upon retiring from pro soccer, Josha returned to Chicago to train high school and college athletes in speed, strength, agility, and performance training. While coaching soccer at Aurora University, she realized that her real passion was to help people set goals and achieve a truly exceptional level of personal fitness. A natural fit, she then became a full-time personal trainer. As owner of Kru Strength + Fitness, Josha brings her years of experience, as an athlete and a student of fitness, into one comprehensive environment that will allow anyone to achieve their maximum potential.

Josha is certified in Personal Training by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT). She also has a Certified Strength and Conditioning Certificate (NSCA-CSCS), is a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant (AFPA), and is a certified USA Weightlifting Coach. Coach Josha coaches in our Team Evanston Program. 

Program Details

  • Dates:
    • Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm
    • Dec. 4 - 11
    • Jan. 8 - Mar. 11
  • Fee:
    • $275
    • 12 sessions for 1 hour each

Session Outline

  • 4:00-4:15 Player warm-up and activation 
  • 4:15-4:20 Team assignment for the day
  • 4:20-4:40 Small-sided game 1
  • 4:40-5:00 Small-sided game 2

Key Benefits

Technical control and decision making speed are improved through small-sided games. 

  • More touches on the ball 
  • A consistent, close proximity to the play 
  • Quick transitions between attack and defense
  • More goals! 

Program Details

  • Dates:
    • Mondays from 4:00-5:00 pm
    • Dec. 2 - 9
    • Jan. 6 - Mar. 16
  • Fee:
    • $225
    • 11 sessions for 1 hour each (No MLK Jr. Day or Presidents' Day) 

Session Outline

  • 4:00-4:15: Warm-up and activation
  • 4:15-4:30: Fast feet and body mechanics 
  • 4:30-4:45: Technical repetitions (plyometrics and ability based games)
  • 4:45-5:00: Coordination and core testing

Key Benefits

  • Improve core strength, balance, and agility 
  • Learn more efficient running mechanics
  • Develop the techniques for an explosive change of direction and a quicker first step

Small Sided Games Schedule

Wednesday Dec. 4 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Dec. 11 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Jan. 8 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Jan. 15 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Jan. 22 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Jan. 29 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Feb. 5 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Feb. 12 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Feb. 19 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Feb. 26 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Mar. 4 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday Mar. 11 4:00-5:00pm

Get Fast Boot Camp Schedule

Monday Dec. 2 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Dec. 9 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Jan. 6 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Jan. 13 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Jan. 27 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Feb. 3 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Feb. 10 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Feb. 24 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Mar. 2 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Mar. 9 4:00-5:00pm
Monday Mar. 16 4:00-5:00pm

Location for All Winter Programs

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Quad Indoor Sports

2454 Oakton St,

Evanston, IL 60202