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Building Blocks

BUILDING BLOCKS OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

The table below provides a description of: (1) Building Block, (2) Age Span, and (3) Building Block Description. Click HERE to view our in-depth Training Topics - Building Block Matrix that clubs should implement as their basic strategy for age appropriate coaching.

 
BUILDING BLOCKS TOPIC AGE DESCRIPTION - WHAT, WHY, AND HOW
MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT 4 and Above
What:  Fun based soccer activities.
Why:  Aid in the development of basic motor skills and inspire players to love and grow in the game.
How:  Short, fast paced games that relate to a players understanding of the game.
TECHNIQUE AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT 7 and Above
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.
INDIVIDUAL TACTICS 9 and Above
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.
GROUP TACTICS 11 and Above
What:  Focuses on groups of players working together in attacking and defending situations.
Why:  Introduced so that players are comfortable in dealing with ‘outnumbered’ game situations.
How:  A range of numbers up (ie: 2v1), numbers down (ie: 2v3), and balanced numbers activities are used to teach group concepts.
TEAM TACTICS 13 and Above
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, attack).


Note:  An experienced coach should be able to adjust training sessions based on the specific needs of each player and should not feel confined by the curriculum which acts as a starting point

 
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