Age Group Training Plan - 13 Years Old and Above

AGE GROUP TRAINING PLAN
AGE GROUP
13 Years Old and Above
BUILDING BLOCK PHASE
Team Tactics
OVERVIEW
What: Situations where multiple groups of players are working together to develop full team concepts.
Why: Players transition to the 11v11 game, functioning within an adult framework and standards.
How: Team tactics are typically taught using 7v7 to 11v11 scenarios that connect the three lines of team shape (defense, midfield, and attack)
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
PHYSICAL FOCUS
Muscular-skeletal system: Muscular and skeletal system at least 75% developed.
Introduction to pure speed training within structured soccer activities.
Cardiovascular system: Increased lung and heart capacity, anaerobic system can be effectively trained.
Aerobic and anaerobic specific training.
Gender differences: Girls have a decreased aerobic capacity at puberty. U14 - boys start to weigh more, girls’ weight gains level off, boys’ continue until the age of 22.
Position specific physical conditioning.
Physical Milestones: Girls have typically gone through their growth spurt and are in a slower growth period.
Fitness periodization.
COGNITIVE CHARACTERISTICS
COGNITIVE FOCUS
Fully into the formal operational phase. (Piaget)
Problem solving, and encourage them to have creative solutions.
Have a sense of belonging, status, and recognition.
Personal accountability should be encouraged.
Ability to stay focused over a longer period of time.
Team building exercises may be incorporated.
More responsive to group activities and their role in being an individual.
 
TECHNICAL TRAINING TOPICS
TACTICAL TRAINING TOPICS
At this age, players should and will be well along on their technical training and capabilities. At this stage in their development, techniques should be reinforced and refined throughout training, however nothing specific should be focused on, unless required.
Speed of play
Attacking - Final 3rd
Attacking - Playing out of the back
Attacking - Midfield combining with forwards
Attacking - Wider areas
Attacking - Counter attacks
Attacking - Offside tactics
Defending - Attacking 3rd
Defending - Midfield
Defending - Final 3rd
Defending - Wide areas
Defending - Counter attacks
Defending - Man-to-man marking
Defending - Zonal
Defending - High and low pressure
Defending - Offside tactics
Formations - 4-4-2
Formations - 4-3-3
Formations - 3-5-2
Formations - 4-5-1
Formations - 3-4-3
TRAINING AND MATCH DAY APPLICATION
Training Sessions per Week
2-3
Ball Size
5
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 12-14 Week Season
Off
Tournaments
12-14 Week Season
 
 
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