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Age Group Training Plan - 4 Years Old and Above

AGE GROUP TRAINING PLAN
AGE GROUP
Four Years Old and Above
BUILDING BLOCK PHASE
Motor Skill Development
OVERVIEW
What: Fun based soccer activities.
Why: Aid the development of basic motor skills and inspire players to love and grow in the game.
How: Short, fast-paced games improve a player’s understanding of the game.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
PHYSICAL FOCUS
Muscular-Skeletal System: Lack balance and coordination due to underdeveloped core muscles and strength.
Motor movements: Soccer-related running, jumping, twisting, bending, and turning activities.
Cardiovascular System: Easily fatigued; quick recovery; play at two speeds, on and off.
Manipulative movements: Movement of ball using varied parts of the foot.
Gender Differences: No differences.
Balance: Soccer specific body actions.
Physical Milestones: Steady increase in height and weight.
Coordination: Execution of multiple soccer movements.
COGNITIVE CHARACTERISTICS
COGNITIVE FOCUS
Pre-operational stage (Piaget)
One ball per player.
Play consists of a high degree of imagination and pretend activities.
Single-task-oriented activities.
Beginning the use of symbols to represent objects in their environment.
By using their imagination, it can become real, game-based learning.
Limited understanding of time and space.
Introduce the concept of boundary lines, rules of the game.
TECHNICAL TRAINING TOPICS
TACTICAL TRAINING TOPICS
Agility
Tactics are not an area that should be focused on with this age group as their cognitive development does not allow for them to understand tactical theories and strategies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance
Coordination
Physical Awareness
Movement Patterns and Sequences
Spatial Awareness
Social Skills
Listening Skills
TRAINING AND MATCH DAY APPLICATION
Training Sessions per Week
1
Ball Size
3
Training Length (mins)
45-60
Travel Soccer
No
Playing Seasons
1-2
Tournament Attendance
No
ANNUAL TRAINING PLAN RECOMMENDATION
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Off/Camp Week
8 Week Season
Off - No Training
8 Week Season
 
 
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