Zone 1 – U9 Curriculum – Season Plan

Objectives

Technical: Improve individual and collective basic soccer techniques.

Tactical: Creating space to receive the ball and keep possession

Physical: Develop speed, coordination & balance with and without the ball.

Psychosocial: Positive interaction with teammates during the game

Scrimmage: Efficiently occupy the spaces on the field.

By the end of the season the player must be capable of:

1. Basic skills in 1v1 situations

2. Balance in relation to the ball (fwd, backward, side-to-side)

3. Basic coordinated movements with and without the ball

Organization

Sessions Per Week: 4

Player Pool: 12

Session Length: 90’

Game Length: 50’

Session Structure

Stage 1: Warm-up & Technical Progressions

Stage 2: Small-Sided Activity

Stage 3: Expanded Activity

Stage 4: Game

Aspects to Consider

– Size of Training Area

– Time of Training

– Intensity of Training

– Rules & Restrictions

– Number of Players

– Opposition / Neutrals

Comments:

The player will keep maximum contact with the ball in individual practices and less touches in collective practices.

Formations: 1-2-3-1

Content Distribution

Content

Technical

1. Passing & Receiving 5
2. Running with the Ball 4
3. Dribbling 4
4. Turning 4
5. Shooting 5
6. Ball Control 5
7. Heading 1
8. 1v1 Attacking 5
9. Shielding the Ball 2
10. Receiving to Turn 2
11. Crossing & Finishing 2
12. 1v1 Defending 3

Tactical

Attacking

1. Attacking Principles 3
2. Possession 2
3. Transition 1
4. Combination Play 2
5. Switching Play 1
6. Counterattacking 1
7. Playing Out from the Back 3
8. Finishing in the Final Third 1

Defending

1. Defending Principles 2
2. Zonal Defending 2
3. Pressing 1
4. Retreat and Recovery 2
5. Compactness 1

Physical

1. Explosive Strength 1

Endurance

Aerobic Capacity 1
Aerobic Power 1
Anaerobic Alactic 1

Speed

Reaction 4
Acceleration 4
Maximal Speed 1
Speed Endurance 1
Acyclic Speed 4

4. Flexibility & Mobility 2
5. Coordination & Balance 4
6. Agility 4
7. Perception & Awareness 5

Psychosocial

1. Motivation 5
2. Self-confidence 4
3. Cooperation 2
4. Decision / Determination 1
5. Competitiveness 2
6. Concentration 1
7. Commitment 1
8. Self Control 1
9. Communication 1
10. Respect & Discipline 5

Zone 1 – U12 Academy Curriculum – Season Plan

Objectives

Technical: Focus on quality of passing and receiving technique as well as ball control in game situations.

Tactical: Develop attacking/defending principles and combination play.

Physical: Compete to increase speed, agility, coordination and balance in competitive games.

Psychosocial: Increase collective self-confidence.

Scrimmage: Improve possession and transition as well as collective defending during the match.

By the end of the season the player must be capable of:

1. Application of technique at speed in game situations

2. Application of attacking & defending principles in games

3. Agility, speed & coordination movements in simple practices

Organization

Sessions Per Week: 4

Player Pool: 24

Session Length: 90’

Game Length: 60’

Session Structure

Stage 1: Warm-up & Technical Progressions

Stage 2: Small-Sided Activity

Stage 3: Expanded Activity

Stage 4: Game

Aspects to Consider

– Size of Training Area

– Time of Training

– Intensity of Training

– Rules & Restrictions

– Number of Players

– Opposition / Neutrals

Comments:

Prepare collective training sessions with the ball to develop the technical and tactical intelligence of the player.

Formations: 1-3-2-3 and 1-3-3-2

Content Distribution

Content

Technical

1. Passing & Receiving 5
2. Running with the Ball 3
3. Dribbling 2
4. Turning 4
5. Shooting 5
6. Ball Control 5
7. Heading 4
8. 1v1 Attacking 4
9. Shielding the Ball 3
10. Receiving to Turn 3
11. Crossing & Finishing 3
12. 1v1 Defending 5

Tactical

Attacking

1. Attacking Principles 4
2. Possession 5
3. Transition 4
4. Combination Play 5
5. Switching Play 3
6. Counterattacking 1
7. Playing Out from the Back 4
8. Finishing in the Final Third 4

Defending

1. Defending Principles 4
2. Zonal Defending 3
3. Pressing 2
4. Retreat and Recovery 3
5. Compactness 1

Physical

1. Explosive Strength 2

Endurance

Aerobic Capacity 3
Aerobic Power 2
Anaerobic Alactic 3

Speed

Reaction 4
Acceleration 5
Maximal Speed 2
Speed Endurance 2
Acyclic Speed 5

4. Flexibility & Mobility 3
5. Coordination & Balance 4
6. Agility 4
7. Perception & Awareness 5

Psychosocial

1. Motivation 5
2. Self-confidence 4
3. Cooperation 3
4. Decision / Determination 2
5. Competitiveness 3
6. Concentration 2
7. Commitment 4
8. Self Control 2
9. Communication 3
10. Respect & Discipline 5

Zone 2 – U14 Curriculum – Season Plan

Objectives

Technical: Focus on quality of passing & receiving technique, ball control and finishing in small/big spaces.

Tactical: Application of attacking principles to create combination play.

Physical: General development of speed, endurance & strength

Psychosocial: Competition in indiv. and team situations

Scrimmage: Coordinate playing out from the back, possession, transition, combination play & finishing.

By the end of the season the player must be capable of:

1. Playing long/short, accurate passes in collective practices

2. Combination play & communication with teammates

3. Combine endurance and speed during the game

Organization

Sessions Per Week: 4

Player Pool: 18

Session Length: 90’

Game Length: 80’

Session Structure

Stage 1: Warm-up & Technical Progressions

Stage 2: Small-Sided Activity

Stage 3: Expanded Activity

Stage 4: Game

Aspects to Consider

– Size of Training Area

– Time of Training

– Intensity of Training

– Rules & Restrictions

– Number of Players

– Opposition / Neutrals

Comments:

Use the contrast of small spaces for possession practices and
bigger spaces for transition practices.

Formations: 1-4-3-3, 1-4-1-4-1, 1-4-4-2, 1-4-4-2 Diamond

Content Distribution

Content

Technical

1. Passing & Receiving 5
2. Running with the Ball 1
3. Dribbling 2
4. Turning 4
5. Shooting 5
6. Ball Control 3
7. Heading 5
8. 1v1 Attacking 4
9. Shielding the Ball 2
10. Receiving to Turn 5
11. Crossing & Finishing 3
12. 1v1 Defending 5

Tactical

Attacking

1. Attacking Principles 5
2. Possession 5
3. Transition 5
4. Combination Play 5
5. Switching Play 4
6. Counterattacking 3
7. Playing Out from the Back 5
8. Finishing in the Final Third 5

Defending

1. Defending Principles 5
2. Zonal Defending 4
3. Pressing 3
4. Retreat and Recovery 4
5. Compactness 2

Physical

1. Explosive Strength 3

Endurance

Aerobic Capacity 4
Aerobic Power 4
Anaerobic Alactic 3

Speed

Reaction 5
Acceleration 5
Maximal Speed 2
Speed Endurance 3
Acyclic Speed 5

4. Flexibility & Mobility 4
5. Coordination & Balance 3
6. Agility 4
7. Perception & Awareness 5

Psychosocial

1. Motivation 5
2. Self-confidence 3
3. Cooperation 4
4. Decision / Determination 3
5. Competitiveness 4
6. Concentration 2
7. Commitment 5
8. Self Control 3
9. Communication 4
10. Respect & Discipline 5

Zone 2 – U16 ECNL Curriculum – Season Plan

Objectives

Technical: Focus on speed of passing & receiving technique, as well as ball control in small & big spaces.

Tactical: Applying attacking & def. principles at speed.

Physical: Development of aerobic power, acyclic speed and explosive strength.

Psychosocial: Commitment to teammates in accomplishing specific tasks.

Scrimmage: Dev of possession & transition of the ball at speed; quick organization for zonal retreat & recovery.

By the end of the season the player must be capable of:

1. Playing short passes at speed in small spaces

2. Coordination of tactical principles with teammates

3. Fitness in mid/high-demanding aerobic power practices

Organization

Sessions Per Week: 4

Player Pool: 18

Session Length: 90’

Game Length: 80’

Session Structure

Stage 1: Warm-up & Technical Progressions

Stage 2: Small-Sided Activity

Stage 3: Expanded Activity

Stage 4: Game

Aspects to Consider

– Size of Training Area

– Time of Training

– Intensity of Training

– Rules & Restrictions

– Number of Players

– Opposition / Neutrals

Comments:

Use small spaces to develop technique and big spaces to develop tactical concepts.

Formations: 1-4-3-3, 1-4-1-4-1, 1-4-4-2, 1-4-4-2 Diamond

Content Distribution

Content

Technical

1. Passing & Receiving 5
2. Running with the Ball 1
3. Dribbling 2
4. Turning 4
5. Shooting 5
6. Ball Control 3
7. Heading 3
8. 1v1 Attacking 3
9. Shielding the Ball 2
10. Receiving to Turn 4
11. Crossing & Finishing 4
12. 1v1 Defending 4

Tactical

Attacking

1. Attacking Principles 5
2. Possession 5
3. Transition 5
4. Combination Play 5
5. Switching Play 4
6. Counterattacking 4
7. Playing Out from the Back 5
8. Finishing in the Final Third 5

Defending

1. Defending Principles 5
2. Zonal Defending 5
3. Pressing 4
4. Retreat and Recovery 5
5. Compactness 3

Physical

1. Explosive Strength 4

Endurance

Aerobic Capacity 4
Aerobic Power 5
Anaerobic Alactic 2

Speed

Reaction 3
Acceleration 4
Maximal Speed 3
Speed Endurance 1
Acyclic Speed 5

4. Flexibility & Mobility 3
5. Coordination & Balance 2
6. Agility 4
7. Perception & Awareness 5

Psychosocial

1. Motivation 5
2. Self-confidence 3
3. Cooperation 5
4. Decision / Determination 4
5. Competitiveness 4
6. Concentration 3
7. Commitment 5
8. Self Control 4
9. Communication 5
10. Respect & Discipline 5

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