Player Development Curriculum

Top Bins Only Coaches follow a specific Player Development Curriculum when training their players. In some cases, coaches may adjust (up or down) the level of the Curriculum that they are working on to fit the abilities of their team.

 

The following player development curriculum is intended to create a structured system for teaching children how to play the “beautiful game” of soccer. This curriculum will provide the coaches of U7-U14 teams (boys and girls) with a list of technical and tactical objectives to work on with their players each year. There are two philosophical concepts that make using this curriculum so important to player development. First concept: In terms of development, practices are more important than games. Games are played for fun and serve as a test to see how much the players have learned in practice. This curriculum will give each coach a clear set of technical and tactical objectives to teach during practices and to evaluate during games.

Second concept: The process for developing youth soccer players takes time and patience. This curriculum creates a timeline to gradually teach every technical skill, and tactical concept, appropriate for a U7-U14 player appropriately. It is designed to give players ample time to explore new technical and tactical objectives before they progress to more complex training topics. The difficulty with any curriculum, is that individuals learn and develop at different rates. One rigid curriculum will not be appropriate for every team. Training at the appropriate developmental level and then gradually progressing each year, is essential for maintaining player motivation and enjoyment. This curriculum is therefore organized into eight training levels, rather than by age group. When possible, teams will start at the curriculum level that correlates to their age group (i.e. Level One for U7/First Grade teams or Level 3 for U9/Third Grade teams). Teams can drop down to a lower curriculum level if they are having difficulty with the technical skills and tactics at the curriculum level associated with their age group.

Your Director of Coaching will be able to assist you in finding the most appropriate curriculum level for your team. This curriculum provides players with new technical and tactical objectives each year. It is not expected that every player will be able to completely master each of the techniques and tactics, for a particular curriculum level, in one year. Ultimately, we’d like to see players demonstrate learned techniques and tactics during games, but this can take time. As players mature, they continue to refine the technical skills and tactics learned in previous years. Players will develop at different rates, but we can expect that each will follow the following progression for learning techniques and tactics: learn during practice -THEN- demonstrate ability during practice -THEN- utilize during games

Level U7-U9 Training Topics

 

Technical

 

SAQ: Speed Agility Quickness

  • Motor Skill Development

  • Balance / Coordination

Dribbling:

  •  Running with the ball ("Pinky toe": Messi/Ronaldo Touches)

  • Shoulder feint, Scissors, In/outs

  • Sole of the Foot (rolls)

  •  Turning with the inside/outside of the foot, Pull backs.

Passing:

  • Inside of the foot - 10 yards

Receiving:

  • Inside of the foot - on the ground with a forward First touch

Finishing

  • Inside of the foot - 6-8 yards on breakaway vs. GK

  • Shoe-lace (power shots)

 

Tactical

 

Training Games:

  • Functional Training Environment - 1v1 (Defending vs. Attacking)

  • (5v5) Scrimmage

  • Get to know the field areas. Basics of Defending, Midfield, Attack.

 

Level U10-U12 Training Topics

 

Technical

 

Dribbling

  • Reinforce previous topics

  • Shielding

  • Change of Direction and Speed (V-move)

  • Double scissors, Roll over, Step Over.

Passing

  • One touch passing, on the ground, with inside of the foot - 15 yards

  • Instep - 20 yards

Receiving

  • Across the body

  • Out of the air with the inside of the foot - lateral first touch

Heading        (U12+)

  • Basic Technique

Finishing

  • Shooting with the instep - 12-15 yards

 Defending

  • Body shape when faced up with attacker

  • Block Tackle

  • Angle of Approach

 

Tactical

 

Training Games: (Tactical-Functional Training Environment - 2v1 •2v2)

  • 1st and 2nd Defender/Attacker

  • Introduction to formation and roles

  • Scrimmage - 4v4 (5v5 with GK’s)

 

Level U12-U14 Training Topics

 

Technical

 

Dribbling

  • Shielding and Turning

  • Double scissors, Roll overs, Step Over.

  • Complex Skills and Techniques

  • Change of Direction and Speed (Maradona, Ronaldo Chop, V-Move)

Passing

  • One touch passing, on the ground, with inside/outside of the foot - 20+ yards

  • Instep - 20 yards Receiving-

Receiving

  • Across the body

  • Out of the air with the inside/outside of the foot - lateral first touch

Heading       

  • Basic Technique

Finishing

  • Shooting with the instep - 12-15 yards

 Defending

  • Body shape when faced up with attacker

  • Block Tackle

Attacking

  • Role of the 1st Attacker, 2nd attacker and 3rd attacker

  • Penetration, creativity, mobility

  • Combination - Wall Pass, Give & Go.

  • Shape - Height and Depth Training Games

 

Tactical

 

Training Games:

  • Role of the 1st Attacker, 2nd attacker and 3rd attacker

  • Tactical-Functional Training Environment - 2v1 •2v2•3v2

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defender/Attacker roles.

  • Formations and position attributes.

  • Scrimmage - 6v6 (5v5 with GK’s)