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Age Group Training Plan - 9 Years Old and Above

AGE GROUP TRAINING PLAN
AGE GROUP
9 Years Old and Above
BUILDING BLOCK PHASE
Individual Tactics
OVERVIEW
What: Activities that focus on 1v1 attacking and defending situations. 
Why: Prior formation of technical development enables introduction of individual tactics, forming the foundation to build group and team tactics.
How: Introduction of fully opposed activities that develop decision making skills.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
PHYSICAL FOCUS
Muscular-skeletal system: Improved strength, power, and ABCs, players able to perform more complex skills.
Aerobic endurance training within the game.
Cardiovascular system: Continual improvement in general fitness, players still rely on aerobic system. Limited response to anaerobic training.
Stretching: Dynamic
Gender differences: Girls typically enter puberty at 9 years, boys at 11 years. At this age span, girls will typically gain more of their adult weight than boys.
 
Physical Milestones: Moving into the early stages of adolescence, start to see dramatic increase in height and weight.
 
COGNITIVE CHARACTERISTICS
COGNITIVE FOCUS
Some children begin moving from concrete operational to formal operational stage. (Piaget)
Starting to recognize fundamental tactical concepts such as changing the direction of the ball.
Lengthened attention span, ability to sequence thoughts and actions.
Repetitive technique very important, but it must be dynamic and not static.
Pace factor becoming developed, starting to think ahead.
Create a team culture including basic systems and patterns - bring ball and water, tuck in jersey, carry own bag.
Intrinsically motivated to play.
 
TECHNICAL TRAINING TOPICS
TACTICAL TRAINING TOPICS
Dribbling - Inside-Outside
Combinations - Overlap runs
Dribbling - Roll
Combinations - Takeover
Dribbling - Swivel hips
Attacking - Role of 2nd attacker
Receiving - Aeriel (foot, thigh, chest, head)
Attacking - Crossing
Turning - Cruyff
Attacking - Finishing       
Turning - Step over
Defending - Role of 2nd defender
Turning - Drag push
 
Passing - Low driven pass
 
Passing - Lofted pass
 
Passing - Chip pass
 
Shooting - Chip shot  
Crossing -  Lofted  
TRAINING AND MATCH DAY APPLICATION
Training Sessions per Week
2
Ball Size
4
Training Length (mins)
60-90
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
8-10 Week Season
Off
Technical Training
8-10 Week Season
 
 
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