Annual Training Plans

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ANNUAL PERIODIZATION OF TRAINING
Youth soccer organizations should have an annual soccer calendar that addresses periodized seasonal training periods, weekly training sessions, rest periods, tournaments, and camps. All teams and coaches within the program should be required to work from this plan.  It is often found that too much too soon can have a detrimental effect on a player’s long-term enjoyment of the game, often leading to overuse injuries and dropout.  It is important to remember that soccer is a late specializing sport; players must initially develop a passion for the game so that as training intensity increases they continue to have a focused desire to train. Maximizing potential takes time! 
 
TRAINING PLAN CYCLES
A well-structured training cycle should consist of an annual and seasonal training plan along with individual session plans that outline specific session objectives.  All three areas should be constantly reviewed; the diagram below highlights the relationship between each element:
 

ANNUAL PLANS
The guidelines listed below provide suggested annual training seasons that are specific to the soccer calendar in the NY/NJ area. The annual training plans are also shown on our Age Group Training Plans which can be accessed HERE.
 
 
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
U6
Off/Camp Week
8 Week Season
Off
8 Week Season
U8
Off/Camp Week
8 - 10 Week Season
Off
Technical Training
8 - 10 Week Season
U10
Off/Camp Week
8 - 10 Week Season
Off
Technical Training
8 - 10 Week Season
U12
Off/Camp Week
10 to 12 Week Season
Off
Technical Training
10 to 12 Week Season
U14-16
Off
12 - 14 Week Season
Off
Tournaments
12 - 14 Week Season

SEASONAL PLANNING
The content and methodology of a seasonal training plan should be driven by a player’s soccer age.  Clubs should encourage all coaches to follow the age appropriate plan that is detailed in the Red Bulls Building Blocks of Player Development.  Partner clubs can also take advantage of the Red Bulls online database of age appropriate seasonal development plans.
 
INDIVIDUAL SESSION PLANNING
Seasonal development plans need to be supported by individual session plans, clubs should require all coaches to create a plan for every training session. Well designed plans help coaches run a more effective training session. Ultimately, a well-designed session will challenge a player technically and tactically. Coaches should combine this information with their own experience of the team; even players of the same biological age can have a soccer age variance of two to three years. Soccer age takes into consideration a combination of their physical, social and psychological makeup. Even basically designed training plans give more value to the time that a coach spends with their players, well-structured planning allows for minimal down-time and a well-organized session that flows from phase to phase.  Coaches can learn more about how to structure a training session by reading the Red Bulls Approach to Development and working from the Red Bulls Session Plan Template
 
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