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Age Group Training Plan - 11 Years Old and Above

AGE GROUP TRAINING PLAN
AGE GROUP
11 Years Old and Above
BUILDING BLOCK PHASE
Group Tactics
OVERVIEW
What: Focuses on groups of players working together in attacking and defending situations.
Why: Introduced so that players are comfortable in dealing with "outnumbered" game situations.
How: A range of numbers up (i.e. 2v1), numbers down (i.e. 2v3), and balanced numbers activities are used to teach group concepts.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
PHYSICAL FOCUS
Muscular-skeletal system: Coordination effected by growth resulting in a temporary setback in complex motor skills. Rapid bone growth can lead to painful joints.
Flexibility for injury prevention.
Cardiovascular system: Can sustain higher levels of physical activity due to improved energy systems, anaerobic system.
Technical speed training through structured soccer activities.
Gender differences: Females are typically two years ahead in their physical development. Growth spurt for girls at 9-11 years old.
Where possible, training should be separated by gender.
Physical Milestones: Boys and girls are typically both in puberty leading to accelerated increases in physical changes. This stage can affect a player’s performance significantly due to changes in bone length and coordination challenges. Gain strength, loose ABCs.
 
COGNITIVE CHARACTERISTICS
COGNITIVE FOCUS
Formal operational stage of cognitive development (Piaget).
Tactical issues may be presented.
Beginning to think in abstract terms and can address hypothetical situations.
Groups of 4-5 are optimal for learning.
Changes in thought processes are the result of an increased ability to acquire and apply knowledge.
Roles and responsibilities of the players may be introduced.
A systematic approach to problem solving appears at this stage; the game of soccer requires the ability to think creatively and solve problems while moving.
 
TECHNICAL TRAINING TOPICS
TACTICAL TRAINING TOPICS
Passing - Swerve pass inside
Combinations - Blind side run
Passing - Swerve pass outside 
Combinations - Crossovers
Passing - Cushion volley
Combinations - Double wall pass
Shooting - Swerve inside
Combinations - Fake wall pass
Shooting - Swerve outside
Attacking - Switching play
Shooting - Side volley
Attacking - Role of 3rd attacker
Shooting - Half volley
Defending - Role of 3rd defender
Defending - Slide tackle
 
Crossing - Low driven  
Crossing - High driven
 
TRAINING AND MATCH DAY APPLICATION
Training Sessions per Week
2-3
Ball Size
4
Training Length (mins)
90
Travel Soccer
Yes
Playing Seasons
2-3
Tournament Attendance
1 per season
ANNUAL TRAINING PLAN RECOMMENDATION
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Off/Camp Week
10-12 Week Season
Off
Technical Training
10-12 Week Season
 
 
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