Training Start Date: August 12, 2019
# of Training Sessions/Length: Two sessions for 90 minutes
Game Dates: 8/17, 8/18, 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2
Game Length: U11-U12: Two Halves for 30 minutes each | U14: Two Halves at 40 minutes each
Training Focus for U11-U12:
The focus for this age group is individual player development, with the introduction of technical and individual tactical skills. Individual tactical skills include penetration with the pass or dribble, the decision-making process (which to use and when) and the role of the pressuring defender.
Training Focus for U14:
Coaches working with this age group should look to transition from the individual to group tactics. Although technical skills at these age groups should not be forgotten, an evaluation of each player as well as match analysis reports should inform the coach which techniques still need to be worked on. Group tactics include, but are not limited to, passing combinations, possession, offensive and defensive shape as well as the roles of the cover and balancing defenders. Group tactics also include work with units of players, which are the defenders, midfielders and forwards.