Detailed Learning Outcomes
At the end of the year....
Within this age group it is important to consider developmental characteristics of players of this age. Most players will demonstrate a more keen competitiveness, and this should be mirrored by the challenges set forth by the coach in each practice. They will also begin to co-operate within small groups more readily, which will allow the component of 'passing for a purpose' to be grasped much more easily.
ALL players will be able to use the 4 surfaces of the feet (inside, outside, bottom, and laces) and will understand changing direction and pace to evade defenders.
MOST players will be able to perform 2 of the 3 moves covered at this age group (Cut, Dummy and Scissors moves) on a regular basis within a pressurized situation.
SOME players will be able to perform the 3 moves in order to beat a live defender in the correct game situation with consistent success.
Attacking Principle – Confidence and Comfort with the ball at the player's feet.
Players will be encouraged to attack space with the ball for multiple weeks to confidence and comfort with the ball at their feet. Our goal as coaches is to teach players to want and keep the ball in space. Driving the ball forward at the goal and between defenders will be encouraged throughout our program to create strong-willed athletes.
ALL players will be able to perform the Drag Back, Cruyff, and Hook turns off both feet with passive pressure. Players will also have the knowledge of when to dribble to beat a player vs when to turn and shield or pass. This is evident in the recognition of space.
MOST players will be able to perform Drag Back, Cruyff, and Hook turns off both feet under live game real pressure.
SOME players will be able to perform all turns and moves covered under match pressure at the appropriate time.
Attacking Principle – Knowing when to turn vs. when to do a move.
This is evident in the recognition of space in which we will teach from Day 1. Space behind or on the sides of a defender a player should recognize the opportunity to do a move and advance. No space there and space behind the player on the ball, means turn and find the next pass.
ALL players will be able to pass the ball accurately over a short distance to a moving target whilst in motion themselves
MOST players will be able to pass with the inside and outside of their strong foot to teammates on the move. They will also see the opportunity for a lead pass to a teammate in space.
SOME players will be able to pass with the inside and outside of both their left and right foot to teammates on the move in game situations. They will also be able to recognize and execute a lead or split pass under pressure of multiple defenders.
Attacking Principle – Spreading out (width and depth) for passing
Players will be encouraged to spread out and move away from teammates in possession of the ball. The distance of a proper pass will be discussed as well as the definition of being open (no defender between you and the ball). Creating width and depth in the diamond shape will be critical to this understanding.
ALL players will be able to strike the ball accurately over a short distance whilst moving, using one or both feet, whilst under pressure from a live defender. Players will learn to strike with the laces as well as finish with the inside of the foot.
MOST players will be able to shoot and finish with accuracy from a variety of angles when approaching the goal whilst under pressure from a live defender.
SOME players will be able to recognize when shooting opportunities arise they will attempt a shot each time displaying a positive attitude to the technique.
Attacking Principle – Striking with Confidence
During this stage of player development we are concentrating solely on the player's ability to be Accurate and to develop a good Attitude to shooting, much time should be spent on the technical development in a fun learning environment, where exercises are changed frequently in order to keep interest levels high.
ALL players will be able to control the ball with the inside and outside of the foot on the ground under passive pressure of a defender. They will also understand how to control out of the air with the shoelace technique.
MOST players will be able to control the ball with the inside and outside of the foot under immediate pressure of a defender with both feet. They will also understand how to control out of the air with the laces, inside, and bottom of the foot.
SOME players will be able to perform all of the control techniques on the ground and out of the air under pressure. Including control with the thigh and chest from out of the air. These players will also recognize where to take their first touch according to what third of the field they are in.
Attacking Principle – 1st Touch control is the most important technique in soccer.
Within the topic of control, it is important at this age that players overcome their fear of the ball in flight, and that they are confident to use parts of the body to slow down the pace of the ball. Cushion control technique and recognition of space to take the touch into will be highly focused upon topics.
Over the course of the season...
ALL players will have a working understanding of the basic combination plays (wall balls and given and gos) and can perform them in a non-pressurized environment.
MOST players will have a working understanding of the basic combination plays and will be able to perform them under self imposed pressurized situations (under timed situations, passive defenders, within a given space)
SOME players will be able to select the best option from the combinations covered in order to advance the ball beyond defenders in a game situation, with live defenders.
Attacking Principle – Penetration, Width, Depth, and Mobility
This topic naturally lends itself to all of the above Attacking Principles.