Redefining – Restructuring – Realizing the long-term development of youth players
Defined as the addition of all of the technical components and tactical concepts necessary for attaining high level proficiency. To improve ball mastery, players will touch the ball a maximum number of times per training session, because technique improves through game-specific repetition. To improve speed of execution, our training sessions bring a high level of intensity, recreating realistic situations at game pace. To enhance tactical awareness, players will be guided to learn, understand and recognize game-situations. This will encourage them to actively find solutions through the use of fundamental principles of play.
We integrate appropriate physical age-specific training into every session. Regardless of the age, the body needs to be prepared for the work it will be doing on the field. At 7 years old, the body needs motor skills; at 10 years old the body needs speed and agility; and at 15 years old the body needs strength and flexibility. The modern player needs soccer-specific athletic ability, or will otherwise struggle to compete among the elite.
We lay the foundation for a mentally strong and confident player. Often neglected, especially at the younger ages, is the training of the player’s mind. Without discipline, confidence and love for the game, most players will not develop the necessary approach to reach the elite level. Our coaching style integrates the appropriate use of positive and negative reinforcements during training. Additional emphasis will be placed on creating a very organized and methodical training environment. This context will guide the players to develop positive standards and self-awareness.