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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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