High Performance/Skill Development

High Performance 

4 Elements

  1. Free Play = creativity
  2. Ball Striking/Finishing = Technical Repetition to score goals
  3. Smart Decisions Based on Reading the Game (#’s up Small-sided Games)
  4. Confidence

Daily Curriculum

  • Free Play Street Soccer w/ Coaches involved/engaged, specific focus for each day (i.e., Shoot to score on big goals = when you get the ball, can you score? 3-touch minimum = ball comfortability)
  • Breakaway Games, Ball Striking, 1v1 Transition Finishing
  • Numbers Up Attacking & Decision Making Rondos (3v1, 4v2, 5v3, 2v1, 3v2 or other small-sided Transition attacking games

Individual Skill Development 

4 Main Focuses for U9-U12 (younger beginning players)

  • Optimize # of touches (player ratio is small)
  • Optimize engagement through fun, movement, games, competition, challenges
  • Technical Repetition in fun-filled environment
  • Maximum game-related situations = Game Understanding 

Daily Curriculum

  • Free Play Street Soccer w/ Coaches involved/engaged, focus on players becoming comfortable with the ball (dribble rather than kick)
  • Dribbling Games (1 person 1 ball, Directional or Tag, Fun-filled and engaging!)
  • 2v2 or 3v3 Belgium-style soccer (8-12 players to a field, 2 min on/2 min off, bigger goals with last player back as GK) -
  • Play small-sided games to Big goals with GK’s (Focus on the 4 Main Elements…. # of touches, FUN, Technical Repetition, Game Situations)