Age Group Training Plan - 7 Years Old and Above

AGE GROUP TRAINING PLAN
AGE GROUP
7 Years Old and Above
BUILDING BLOCK PHASE
Technique and Skill development
OVERVIEW
What: Technical based soccer activities.
Why: Prior formation of motor skills enables introduction of soccer specific techniques.
How: Activities that maximize ball contact and repetition.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
PHYSICAL FOCUS
Muscular-skeletal system: Small increase in strength, improved balance and coordination, gradual increase in agility.
Agility: Combination of balance and coordination to execute a soccer skill at speed and accurately.
Cardiovascular system: Aerobic and anaerobic energy systems very inefficient, temperature regulation also poor.
Aerobic training through competitive and fun activities.
Gender differences: Minimal differences, boys tend to see a longer leg growth in relationship to body and compared to girls
 
Physical Milestones: Continued steady growth (2.5 inch/8 lbs. a year), body lengthens and fills out.
 
COGNITIVE CHARACTERISTICS
COGNITIVE FOCUS
Concrete operational stage (Piaget)
Keep activities to no more than two players per ball, if possible.
Limited ability to address more than one task at a time leaves little or no capacity for "tactical" decision making.
Activities promote players working together to solve problems.
Concept of time and space relationship is just beginning to develop and will be limited by the incapacity to attend to multiple tasks.
Introduce the basic laws of the game and the field.
Limited experience with personal evaluation; effort is synonymous with performance. "I work hard; therefore, I must be good."
 
TECHNICAL TRAINING TOPICS
TACTICAL TRAINING TOPICS
Dribbling - Possession
Attacking - Role of the 1st attacker
Dribbling - Shielding
Defending - Role of the 1st defender
Dribbling - Scissors
Restarts - Corners
Dribbling - Double scissors
Restarts - Throw-ins
Dribbling - Shoulder drop
Restarts - Goal kicks
Dribbling - Step over
Restarts - Kick off
Running with the ball
Restarts - Free kicks
Receiving - On the ground
 
Receiving - Inside of foot
 
Receiving - Outside of foot  
Turning - Inside cut  
Turning - Outside cut  
Turning - Stop turn  
Turning - Drag back  
Passing - Push pass inside
 
Passing - Push pass outside  
Shooting - Driven shot  
Shooting - Inside of foot  
Defending - Poke tackle  
Defending - Block tackle  
TRAINING AND MATCH DAY APPLICATION
Training Sessions per Week
1-2
Ball Size
3
Training Length (mins)
60-90
Travel Soccer
Locally
Playing Seasons
2
Tournament Attendance
Festivals
ANNUAL TRAINING PLAN RECOMMENDATION
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Off/Camp Week
8-10 Week Season
Off
Technical Training
8-10 Week Season
 
 
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