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PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

MOTOR SKILLS, COORDINATION & TECHNICAL SKILLS

AGES 5-7 YEARS OLD

Goal: Formation of new physical movements to allow for mastery and application of technique.

What: Fun and technical based soccer activities.

Why: Aid in the development of coordination and motor skills required for technical development.

How: Short, fast-paced activities that maximize player contact with the ball.

 

INDIVIDUAL TACTICS

AGES 8-10 YEARS OLD

Goal: Enhancing success in 1v1 situations.

What: Activities focusing on attacking and defending in 1v1 situations.

Why: Technical base enables the introduction of single-task tactical concepts, which lays the foundation for the future development of group and team tactics.

How: Fully opposed, directional activities that develop 1v1 attacking and defending decision-making skills. 

 

GROUP TACTICS

AGES 11-13 YEARS OLD

Goal: Developing and understanding combinations, coordinated movements, and numerical superiority/deficits.

What: Activities that create opportunities for small group attacking and defending (e.g. 2v1, 2v2, 3v2).

Why: Comfort playing in groups enables players to deal with numerical deficits and/or create numerical superiority in game situations.

How: A range of numbers up, numbers down, and balanced numbers activities, with limited enough numbers to maintain significant ball contact for each player.

 

TEAM TACTICS

AGES 14 AND ABOVE

Goal: Combining tactical groups to create one cohesive team unit that embodies the FA Euro playing philosophy.

What: Activities requiring tactical groups to effectively link with other tactical groups.

Why: Players gain insight into the connectedness between concepts covered in earlier developmental phases.

How: 7v7 to 11v11 activities connecting tactical groups (e.g. goalkeeper/defenders/midfielders/forwards; left sided/central/right sided players; etc.)