Coaching the U14 and Above Player

U-14 Training Priorities
Development of Individual Skills, Individual and Small Group Tactics
HIGH PRIORITY: The importance of possession: DO NOT GIVE THE BALL AWAY!!!
Development of individual skill
All practices must challenge the player in competition

Understanding of combination play:

1    Support
2    Takeovers
3    Wall pass individual and small group defending
One session in three devoted to lv1's, 2v2's, 3v3's. Develop an understanding of:
1   Delay
2    Tracking back
3    Depth
4    Balance

LOWER EMPHASIS Functional play, Team play, Set Plays
All activities should be challenging, motivating and involve TRANSITION!




U-16 Training Priorities
Development Of Group Skill / Tactics
HIGH PRIORITY: Development of individual skill should be covered in the warm-up. Understanding of combination play:
 1. Support
2.    Takeovers
 3.    Wall pass
 4.  Third man running
5.    Overlap
DO NOT GIVE THE BALL AWAY!

One session in three devoted to 3v3's, 4v4's, 5v5's.

Develop an understanding of:
1.    Depth -- role of strong side defenders.
2.    Balance -- role of weak side defenders
3.    Compactness
4. Communication -- who what, when.

LOWER EMPHASIS: Functional play, 'team play, set plays.

All activities should be challenging, motivating, and involve Transition!



U-19 Training Priorities.
Development of Positional Play
Individual and group skill should be covered in the warm-up

Functional Play:
Attacking roles and responsibilities
Defending roles and responsibilities. One in three practices devoted to defending principles of play

Match - related practice: offense vs. defense.

Crossing: Develop a complete understanding of:
    1    Crossing angle
    2    Overlaps
    3    near and far post runs

Set Plays: Develop a complete understanding of:
 1    Attacking and defending responsibilities at corner kicks and all other restarts
2    The importance of possession from throw-ins in defensive and mid field third of field versus   
3    Possession and creativity in the final third
  All activities should be challenging, motivating and involve Transition!

Development of Team Play
Individual and group skill should be covered in the warm – up
Functional play: Training players for specific positions and roles

Team Play:
1.    Match - related practice; offense vs. defense
2.    Match conditioned. One in three practices devoted to the defensive aspects of the game.
Players should have a complete understanding of the principles of team play.

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