- To provide children with a healthy and physically challenging atmosphere of good sportsmanship through the game of soccer
- To provide a healthy competitive atmosphere while teaching respect for others and fair play
- To develop skills and techniques for children regardless of their previous experience and athletic ability
- To provide game experience
- To develop personal and social confidence for children
- To improve awareness of health and fitness in children
PHILOSOPHY of DEVELOPMENT
3 main areas of focus:
- Motor Skills – ball skills and technique, physical fitness,
- Cognitive Skills – strategy, mental focus, intuition and commitment
- Personal Skills – social interaction, confidence, positivity and resilience
All-round player development
- Balance between training and matches so that players get to apply skills learnt in drills
- Broad experience of different positions on the field
- Equality for all players to have match time and contribute to the group.
Teamwork, respect and fair play
- Soccer is a way for young people to learn good values that they can carry in other aspects of their lives
- Friendship and the value of being part of a team.
- Respecting everybody – coaches, teammates, opponents, and the referee.
Fun playing soccer
- Practice and games will be fun
- Focus on players enjoyment of the game
KEY AREAS of TRAINING
- Skills (or Technique) – These are the skills used to play the game. This includes things like dribbling, passing, shooting, receiving, tackling, juggling, heading, etc. Along with making sure players have fun, skills are probably the most important area to focus on.
- Tactics – Tactics are educated decision making – how players can make the correct decision given a particular situation. Understand the progression of tactics and instruct the players in the proper sequence, so that players are comfortable starting to make tactical decisions.
- Personal Development – this relates to the enjoyment of playing soccer, and other how players cope with winning and losing, their level of motivation, and how they interact with teammates, coaches and their parents.
- Fitness – Fitness for players can be achieved by working with the ball, both in activities and games and in time players will develop speed, flexibility and endurance.