Layered learning allows decomposition of the stages of learning in a problem domain. We apply this technique to the evolution of goal scoring behavior in soccer players and show that layered learning is able to find solutions comparable to standard genetic programs more reliably. The solutions evolved with layers have a higher accuracy but do not make as many goal attempts. We compared three ... [Show full abstract] variations of layered learning and find that maintaining the population between layers as the encapsulated learnt layer is introduced to be the most computationally efficient. The quality of solutions found by layered learning did not exceed those of standard genetic programming in terms of goal scoring ability.