Player Training Curriculum

At the core of our training:

FOUNDATION

- Physical (Player athletism & Nutrition)
- Technique (Player individual skills)
- Tactic (Learn to play as a team with strategy)
- Psychological/Mental (How a player puts all the pieces together)

PARENTAL SUPPORT

PLAYER COMMITMENT

DEDICATED COACHING

LOVE OF SPORT

U10

Discovery / Learnig Phase

Player Discovers soccer as a sport.
Player learns the basics.
FUN is the name of the game.
Development of Individual Skills.
Ball Mastery
1 v 1 / Small Group Play

FOUNDATION

Physical
- Agility with and without the ball; coordination; balance; proper running form.
- Be cognisant of players
In Hot conditions (they do not regulate tems like adults
Give timely water and cool down breaks

Technical
- Basics of soccer; kick the ball, dribble, individual skills, juggle.

Tactics
- 1 v 1 play; 2 v 2 play; 3v 3 play. ( alot of 1  v 1).

Psychological/Mental
- Fun; Enjoyable; Encouraging; Creative

PARENTAL SUPPORT

- Have FUN with your player!
- Practice kicking with your player.
- Do not criticize your player.
- Tell your player how much you enjoy watching them play.
- Let the coach do the coaching.

PLAYER COMMITMENT

- Teach player to be commited and participate.
- Player commitment is a TEAM commitment.

DEDICATED COACHING

- Coach loves soccer.
- Coach loves working with kids.
- Coach is a Sensitive and Enthuthiastic teacher.
- Coach is able to paint a clear picture.
- Coach able to view each player uniquely.
- Coach is encouraging.

RAGE FC IS A CLUB WITH A PASSION FOR SOCCER

U12

Discipline Phase

Learn Discipline
Development of Individual Skills
Individual & Small Group Tactics
Becoming Comitted
Positive Coach/Mentor effect important
Player becomes more aware with Team & Individual success
Imaginative skills begin to mature
Transitioning from self centered to self critical
Key age for skill development
Demonstration – Do important

FOUNDATION

Physical

- All fitness work done with the ball, in partners, in fun engaging activities.
- Flexibility
- Agility with and without the ball.
- Speed Speed Speed
- Be cognisant of players
In Hot conditions (they do not regulate tems like adults
Give timely water and cool down breaks

Technical

- Important for player to have a good strong solid base.
- Development of individual skills under the pressure:
Time
Space
Pressure from opponent
- Increase technical speed.
- Dribbling
Inspire and encourage creativity
Keep possession
Look for opportunities to beat opponent
Take risks
- Shielding
Change direction
Change speed
Spin turns
Set up opponent to beat them or to pass
- Receiving
Ground and Air balls
With feet, chest, legs, head
On any surface, wet, dry, windy
From a partner or opponent
- Shooting
Proper shooting technique
laces (far and hard) top of penalty box
inside foot (near and accurate) inside penalty box
from inside goal box, post and center positions
1 touch / two touch / off body
from cutbacks or on the move
- Heading
Partner juggling
Self serve
Partner serve
Turning and redirecting
Jumping to head
Head pass

- Tackling
Proper technique, in balance, no fear.

Tactics

- Early tactical awareness age.
- 1 v 1 play, attack and defense.
- 2 v 1, 2 v 2, 3 v 1, 3 v 2, 3 v 3, 4 v 2, 4 v 3, 4 v 4
- Rotate player in different positions (teaches awareness, complete player)
- Attacking
Keep possession
Encourage risk taking
Combination passes
Wall
Takeover
Promote attacking soccer
Creativity dribbling/team play
- Defending
Proper pressure in front and behind
Channel/Direct player
Immediate chase
Cover
Marking
Proper closure and match players speed
Respect for faster player and proper distance
- Team
Individual player development priority one
Players try various positions

- Individual
Player tactical development emphasized over team tactics
Principles of soccer priority over systems, ie formations.
Simple systems
8v8    K-2-3-2
9v9     K-3-3-2
Make it fun so players love the game.

Physical/Mental

- Be motivational
- Make it Fun
- Encourage decision making
- Encourage creativity/imagination
- Increase demands
- Discipline
- Ask questions
Be fair in questions
Remind players question is not a test
Give positive re-enforcement

Coach

- Enthuthiastic
- Good soccer situational awareness
- Able to demonstrate, paint a good picture, with or without assistants
- Knowledgeable in the key factors of the skills and game
- Sensitive teacher, encouraging of all players
- USSF ‘D’ license or higher.

U14

Commitment Phase

Age when individual skills develop.
Age for improved individual and small group tactics.
Pace of development quickens.
Intellectual and Physical maturation of player accelerates.
Player is able to accept adult standards and rules better.
Demands on training loads increases, resulting in better mental toughness.
Concentration and Diligence improves.
Awareness of tactics improves.
Player self critics more but is balanced by strong desire to learn.

FOUNDATION

Physical

-All player physical work should be done with ball.
-Flexibility – Proper static stretching and Dynamic flexibility.
-Agility – Player should be coordinated with or without the ball.
-Speed – Full sprint to every ball, lots of sprint work.
-Endurance – Train for two 30-40 minute halfs always.
-Balance – Train to be an overall athlete, mentally & physically.
-Pace – Teach players how to pace their energy in game.
-Toughness – Be tougher than opponent.
- Be cognisant of players
In Hot conditions (they do not regulate tems like adults
Give timely water and cool down breaks

Technical

-Development of Individual skills
Under pressure of time
In space
With an opponent
Decisive foot work for situation

-Dribbling
In tight space
Cutback
Sweep
Full speed ahead shoe lace touches
Chip and go
Pass to spot and run around defender to own pass
Keep possesion
Shield ball
Spin turns
1 v 1 play

-Receiving
Receive – Control – Pass effectively
Quality first touch
Off foot
Chest
Leg
Head
Take balls out of air or while turning
On different surface, dry, wet or windy
On the run

-Shooting
On the run
From all body angles
Outside box – laces
Chipped
Inside foot
Redirect with body inside box to score

-Heading
To pass
To self
To goal

-Tackling
Proper technique
Ball first
When and why

-Tactical

Increase tactical speed and recognition under pressure
Individual 1 v 1 attack and defense
Attack
Keep possession
Encourage risk taking
Challenge opponent in the proper area of field

-Defending
Proper pressure from in front and behind
Proper closure rate to head on opponent
Proper speed adjustment to opponent
Channel player in desired direction
To sideline
To other defenders
Angles of pressure
Recognize when to challenge and when to back drop

-Play 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 3v3, 4v2, 4v4

-Attack
Keep possession
Support role
Combination plays
To player
To spot
Wall pass
Take over
Overlap
Double pass
Give and go
Width
Depth
Penetration
Crossing into box
Set plays

-Defending
Angle and distance cover
Back drop as a group
Fullbacks
Midfieldres
Proper shape
Delaying and pressing as a group
Recognizing when to return to defensive position

-Team
Attacking:
Keep posession
Play the ball away from pressure
Maintain baance
Interchange positions during run of play
Encourage attackers to challenge defenders on their third of field
Keeper is integral part of attack, play balls back to keeper
Players play variety of positions
Defending:
Mantain good shape
Zonal concepts
Understand when to “delay” or “step”
Clear understanding where the line of confrontation will be
Maintain “good pressure & cover” throughout the field

Best recommended system for player & team development; 3-4-3
Lots of coaching/teaching within 4 v 4 and 7 v 7 games

Psychological

-Foster Fun & Enjoyment of game and competition
-Encourage creativity, imagination, decision making
-Increase demands
-Maintain Discipline
-Establish training goals/targets
-Encourage players/team to watch professional/college/HS games

Coach

-Strong personality
- Enthusiastic
- Knowledgeable
- Patient but demanding
- “C” license or higher recommended

U16

Emotional /  Dedication / Hungry to Compete Phase

Continued Development of Individual Skills
Individual, Group & Team Tactics

Critical time in players development
Many players stop playing because;
Of lack of interest
Lack of success
Lack of playing time
Poor leadership
Clubs loosing focus on individual player
Other reasons
Players may lack toughness and self confidence
Good coaching critical in self esteem building
Player is self critical
Struggles with desire to be competitive
Player may be insecure and needing attention

Focus emphasized on;
Team Spirit
Leadership
Discipline within team

Technique

- Proficient under competitive match conditions
Mastery of skills
Good improvisation and Artistry
Good situational awareness of field and other players on field
Good individual skills

- Before game warm up
Individual skills
Technical practice
Tactical practice
Focus on game
Competitive edge

- Emphasis on Speed of technical execution

- Strike balls cleanly
Over distance
Accurately
Laces from 18
Inside foot square
Power toe

Tactics

Individual

- Increase tactical speed decision making

- Attacking:
Varied technical moves to increase tactical options
Aggressive attacking mind set in final third
Able to anticipate game direction
Understand each players role
See and Understand the Big Picture

- Defending:
Clear understanding of how quality pressure effects teams defense success
Able to take opponents attacking options
Field position (sideline) and team awareness

Team

Small groups – 4v4, 7v7, 9v9

- Attacking:
Balance of needing possession and penetration
Combination plays;
Wall pass
Take over
Overlap
Double Pass
Roll back
Third Man Running
Penetration
Drop and Go
Give and go
Creativity in solving problems
Mobility
Movement with and without ball
Crossing
To spot
To player
Box play
Penetration
Width and Support
Capitalize on opportunity
Attacking as a group of 3
Forward/Midfielder/Defender
Set plays target goal 80%;
1) Goal
2) Shot on Goal
3) Corner Kick

- Defending

Compactness
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Cover-Delay-Dictate-Recover
Defend as group of 3 (Fwd/Mids/Backs)
Enjoy taking possession of ball and Dictating play
Set plays

Team

Clearly defined tactics
How the team decides to play as a group

- Attacking
Comfort with Direct and Indirect styles
Sustain possession in effort to break down Defense
Control with Patience
Understand how to counter attack
Decisions made in each third of field

- Defending
Comfort with two styles of pressure
High pressure
Delayed high pressure
Understanding both defensive styles
Zonal
Man – to – Man marking
Understanding and wirking with Keeper as last defender
Keeping good team compactness
Stopping the counter attack
Decisions based on thirds of the field
Different systems of play
Work as a team
Know when and where to Pressure, Channel and Dictate

Recommended System: All
Based on individual / team abilities, oponent, field condition, etc.
US Womens National Team U21, U19, U16 typically uses;
3 Forwards
3-4-3 or 4-3-3 system

A great deal of coaching/teaching within 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 games.

Physical

- Fitness work with and without the ball
- Flexibility (static training after training/matches
- Dynamic flexibility (partner stretching)
- Importanceof Discipline for warm up and cool down
- Agility (with and without the ball)
- Endurance (aerobic and anaerobic
- Strength ( Upper body/lower body/Core)
- Be cognisant of players
In Hot conditions (they do not regulate tems like adults
Give timely water and cool down breaks

- Prevention and care of injuries
Advise parents of any injury suffered
Be cognisant of any head concussion injury

- Importance of Rest/Recovery
Balanced with physical demands

Nutrition

- Proper Diet
Pre game
Post Game
Tournaments

Psychological/Mental

- Establish pre practice and pre game routine (individual/team)
- Increase ability of players concentration
- Leadership role
Increase players responsibility
- Discipline
- Focus
- Accountability
- Players sets goals with confidence and motivation
- Has respect for game
- Vary program  to Develop urge for competition
- Desire to win
- Mental toughness
- Competitive mindset

Coach

Experienced
Knowledgeable
Articulate
Disciplinarian
Charismatic
Managerial know how
Motivator

“B” License or higher recommended

U19

Elite Phase

Fully Developed player
Complete player
Functional Team player

Full capabilities of players potential depends on:
Their efforts
Teammates support
Coach’s unselfish guidance

Player must be exposed to a playing and training environment which extends the following capabilities to the limit:
Physical
Technical
Tactical
Mental

Player must have mastered and understand the games principes and concepts

Player must have emotional stability when confronted with pressure situations

Training sessions and Matches must be demanding and challenging

Physical

- Fitness work with and without the ball
- Flexibility
Static stretching
After training & Matches
Dynamic stretchin
Before training
Partner stretching
- Importance of Discipline for warm up or cool down
- Agility
With and without the ball
- Footwork
Keeping the feet active when moving / playing
- Endurance
Aerobic and anaerobic
- Strength
Upper and lower body
Core strength and stability
- Balance
- Nutrition
Proper diet
Training
Pre-game
Post-game
Tournaments
- Prevention and care of injuries.
- Importance of rest/recovery
Schedule issues relative to the physical demands

Technical

- Demand Excellence
- Skills should be mastered leading to:
Artistry and improvisation
All under match conditions.
- Individual skill covered during:
The warm-up
And/or in competitive situations
- Increase technical speed
It is important that technique is still highly emphasized at this age
-Strike balls cleanly:
Over distance with accuracy under pressure
To spot
To player
At specific spot at goal
In different physical positions

Tactics

- Increase tactical speed (decision making).
- Increased pressure and competition
Having the ability to change and adapt to game dynamics
Up or down a goal
Clock Management
Sense and control Flw of the game

Individual

Attacking:
A good deal of time spent in functional training environments
Decisions based on thirds of the field
Comfort in playing in different areas of the field/team
Confidence to hold possession as an individual
Able to solve problems individualy

Defending:
Clear understanding of how the quality of pressure effects
the ability of the team to defend
Decisions based on thirds of the field
Comfort at playing two different positions

Small Group

Attacking:
Improvisation/deception encouraged
Advanced understanding of
Combination plays and
How to combine to break down a defense
Balance of possession and penetration with a purpose to score goals
Recognize opportunities to penetrate by a variety of means
Attacking in groups of 3 (forwards, midfielders and defenders)

Defending:
Pressure, cover, balance
Control of the game’s speed and direction due to defending decisions
Recognition of double team opportunities
Defending in groups of 3 (forwards, midfielders and defenders)

Team

Understanding of lines and linkage. Positional and Team needs.

Attacking:
Comfort with direct and indirect styles of play
Combination play with tactical implications
Sustained possession as a means to break down the opponent’s defense
Speed of play: the game is faster and more physical
Creativity, quality of final ball to beat backs
Understanding how and when to counter attack
Serving runners in the box
Organizing the box with runners (penetration, width and support)
Decisions based on thirds of the fields
Set plays – 80% success rate: where we get:
1)Goal
2) Shot on Goal
3) Corner Kick

Defending:
Comfort with “high pressure” and “delayed high pressure” styles
Understanding of zonal and man-to-man marking play
Goalkeeper as the last defender
Keeping good team compactness
Stopping the counter attack
Decisions based on thirds of the field and different systems of play
Pressing defensively- when and where to:
Pressure
Channel
Dictate direction

Recommended Systems:
All Based on a variety of factors/abilities
Individual
Team
Opponent
Field Conditions
Time management
Etc.

The US Women’s National Team, U21, U19 and U16 National Teams predominantly employ 3 forwards using a 3-4-3 and 4-3-3 system.

*A great deal of coaching/teaching within 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 games*

Psychological:
Increased concentration
Great Focus and Concentration
Always siuationally in tune
Leadership / increased player responsibility
Discipline
Accountability
Goal Setting
Respect for the game
Self confidence
Self motivation
Goal setting.
Vary program
Satisfy  player’s urge for competition
Will to win
Mental Toughness/Competitiveness

Establish pre practice and pre game routine (as individuals and teams)

Encourage players/teams to watch professional national and collegiate team games on tv.

Coach

Charismatic
Well informed
Upto date
Experienced
Knowledgeable
Articulate
Disciplinarian
Confidentally in control
Managerial know-how.

Recommended License: ‘B’ License or higher.

F. The Game: 11 v 11