Formal Phase: (The Commitment) Development of Individual Skills
Individual & Small Group Tactics
Adult standards and formal rules become applicable. The pace of development quickens at this time due to the acceleration of physical and mental maturation. The demands of skill training as well as training loads should increase thus provoking improvement in mental toughness, concentration and diligence. Awareness of tactics within the game becomes an important facet of the learning process. Players tend to be self-critical and rebellious, but have a strong commitment to the team.
Strong personality; Soccer knowledgeable; Enthusiastic; Patient but demanding.
Recommended License: ‘C’ License or higher.
Build on the base. Development of individual skills under the pressure of time, space, and an opponent.
Increase technical speed.
- Dribbling: Encourage to take players on 1v1-Feints/moves; Keep possession–shielding/spin turns.
- Receiving: Quality first touch - take balls out of the air/turning: All surfaces, on the run.
- Shooting: On the run; On the turn; From all angles/ crosses, volleys.
- Passing: Short, long, bent, crosses, driven, chipped. All surfaces, ALL on the run.
- Heading: To goal (Shoot/glance), to pass, to clear.
- Tackling: Proper techniques.
C. Tactics: Increase Tactical Speed (decision making under pressure)
Individual: 1v1, in attack and defense.
Attacking: Keep possession;
Encourage risk taking: taking players on in the proper areas of the field.
Defending: Proper pressure (in front and behind); Channel player; Immediate chase, angles of pressure.Small Group: 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 3v3, 4v2, 4v4.
Attacking: Keep possession: Support; Combination play: wall pass, take-over, overlap, double pass. Width, depth, penetration; Crossing with proper runs in the box; Simple set plays. Defending: Angle and distance of cover. Balance. Delaying and pressing as a group.
Team: Attacking: Keep possession. Play the ball away from pressure. Maintaining balance in the chosen system. Interchange of positions during the run of play. Encourage attackers to take defenders on in the final third. Keeper as an integral part of the attack (play balls back to the keeper). Players play a variety of positions. Defending: Maintain good “shape”. Zonal concepts. Knowing when to “delay” or “step.”
Clear decision on where the “line of confrontation” will be. Maintaining good “pressure & Cover” through all three thirds of the field. Recommended System: the best system for player and team development; 3-4-3. *A great deal of coaching/teaching within 4 v 4 and 7 v 7 games*
All fitness work with the ball.
- Flexibility - Static Stretching and Dynamic Flexibility
- Agility- Coordination with and without the ball.
- Strength – non-weight bearing, core strength and stability
The game should remain fun and enjoyable. Players should have a passion for the game.
Establish training targets
Encourage players/teams to watch professional and national team’s games on TV.
F. The Game: 11 v 11