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Player development guide for Stanislaus United Soccer Club.

Player development guide for Stanislaus United Soccer Club.

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  • 1. Prepared by: Antonio ReisDirector of Coaching
  • 2. Objectives Create a sustainable community based soccer club that provides for development of competitive soccer while catering to the community wellbeing and the region’s youth needs. Establish dominance in adult soccer competition by implementation of continuous improvement programs aiming at creating excellence in soccer development. Establish a soccer culture emphasizing “fair play” and “lifelong love of the sport”. Creation of an environment that develops a “sense of belonging” to a positive organization.
  • 3. Introduction to Player Development Theory It takes time to learn. (Patience)  Fast learners don’t perform any better once the technique is mastered. Use every opportunity to emphasize fair play.  Play hard and clean.  The utmost respect to team mates and opponents. Create players that understand the game.  Robots need programming for every situation.  Players need to adapt to the situation. To master a technique, it requires repetition. (Manage your expectations)  Start simple and progress slowly.  Expect the player to have some difficulty and frustration. (be positive)  Don’t stop practice until technique is mastered. The drill at the appropriate time, at the appropriate speed with the appropriate constraints. (Simple, easy and effective)
  • 4. Introduction of Player Development to Coaches Coach with the objective of teaching soccer.  If you are good at teaching, money and trophies will come. Coach the player’s long-term needs first and than the team.  Don’t coach to win the season, coach to win the World Cup. Use every opportunity to teach the basics.  Great strategic schemes are only good for a few games. Soccer basics are for the life of the player. Without basic skills the player can’t progress. Coach everyone … at their skill level.  The club must not reject anyone.  We must assemble groups with identical skills to have effective development. A unified set of development goals that span the entire Club spectrum and are visible to all players and parents.  Select and train groups with identical skills.  Provide challenging competition for the selected groups.  Provide education for all coaches to further promote soccer in the region.
  • 5. Introduction of Player Development to Coaches Be humble and cooperative with other coaches, clubs and sports.  Without them we can’t accomplish our objectives. Always expect and portrait high ethical standards and honesty.  There is never a situation where unethical behavior or dishonesty are justifiable . Manage players and parent expectations.  The right type of training, in the right amount at the right time.  A player must train at his/her skill level. Parents must accept the coach’s decisions.  A player must play in the game. If the competition is too high, place the player in a lower competition level. Coach to serve the club’s main team.  The efficiency of the club’s development is based on the quality of the older players.  The goal of the player is to be selected for the top teams. Move the players up but expect to have a team.  Elite players are expected to train and play up.  Coaches expected to release the top players without losing them.  Coordinate events to optimize players training schedules.
  • 6. Player Development – What is expected, When U6 to U8  Some level of coordination with and without the ball.  Balance and psychomotor initiation.  Combination of tasks… sequence and simultaneous.  Wiliness to participate in games. Emphasis on small sided games.  Training structure based on optimization of ball touches.  Progression from 1vs1 to 4vs4.  Two to three practices per week.  One small side game per week. Everyone plays.  No standings  Balanced groups  Maintain poor definition of a team. (allow players to play in multiple teams)
  • 7. Player Development – What is expected, When U9 to U10  Good grasp of combination of movements.  Master basic contact with the ball.  Differentiation of force requirements.  Orientation of the ball on first touch.  Orientation of the player when receiving the ball  Adequate proficiency in passing, dribbling and shooting at moderate speed.  Good equilibrium.  High degree of creativity. (degree of success is not important)  Some level of group coordination.  Good understanding of 4vs4 exchanges.  Fair movement without the ball.  Fair level of communication between players.  Good anticipation and reaction.  Group works towards scoring and defending.  Good relation to the ball  Player wants the ball.  Player manages the ball.
  • 8. Player Development – What is expected, When U9 to U10 (cont)  Players are not conformed with loosing Emphasis on small sided games.  Training structure based on optimization of ball touches.  Break down training modules into small pieces before attempting the desired final activity.  Provide enough repetition so that players master the basic techniques.  Always emphasize and demand proper execution of the basics.  Progression from 4vs4 to 9vs9.  Two to three practices per week of structured training. At least one hour per day of unstructured activity.  One small side game per week. Everyone plays.  No standings  Balanced teams
  • 9. Player Development – What is expected, When U11 to U13  Players demonstrate significant ability to be trained.  Players show a positive attitude in practice and games.  Player shows enthusiasm and ability to concentrate.  Players have good individual technical ability on the ball.  Consistent passing on target.  Consistent management of ground passes.  Proper position while passing and receiving.  Timing and use of space on and to the ball.  Players have a high level of coordination with their movements.  Players are creative with coordination. (Success not so important)  While managing the ball. (dribble, change of speed, first touch passes)  While moving without the ball. (loosing mark, anticipate, mark)  Players demonstrate control of force when of striking the ball.  Power vs accuracy.  Strike zone.  Range.
  • 10. Player Development – What is expected, When U11 to U13 (cont)  Good team coordination.  Good understanding of 4vs4 plus keepers (futsal)  Excellent commitment to ball possession. (share it with the team while keeping it from opponents with the objective of scoring goals)  Group must be enthusiastic denying and scoring goals. (excessive dribbling and showmanship are not desirable. Disrespect and demeaning of any form to the opponent is not tolerated)  Players are fast to react and fast in the decision in how to intervene in the play. Emphasis on technical awareness.  Training structure based on optimization of decision making.  Always practice with a ball.  Provide enough repetition so that players master the basic techniques.  Always emphasize and demand proper execution of the basics.  Evaluation and monitoring of individual players:  Fitness test- Cooper test and 20 meter beep test.  Speed test- 20 meters and 40 meters.
  • 11. Player Development – What is expected, When Emphasis on technical awareness. (U11 to U13 cont)  Physical Conditioning. (Other than with the ball)  Core training using the players own weight once per week.  Plyometric training twice monthly.  Agility training other than plyometric once per week.  Flexibility training.  Static flexibility training once per week.  Dynamic flexibility training in every practice and game.  Three practices per week of structured training. At least one hour per day of unstructured activity.  One game per week. Everyone plays.  Elite players have a chance to play up.  Maximize play time to all players.  Evaluate players and plan specific training activities depending on performance.
  • 12. Player Development – What is expected, When U14 to U16  Players demonstrate level of commitment to the program.  Highly developed intrinsic desire to continue with the sport. Begin to be recognized as successful in soccer.  Player works towards total sports mastery.  Players master technical ability on the ball.  Reinforce the skill learned but with increased power and speed.  Develop pride in quality of play. (Professional soccer is entertaining)  Players start to develop substantial speed, strength, power and endurance.  Players develop self style of soccer. (based on sound basic skills)  Player establish specific position on the field  Player develops personal accountability for his/her decisions  Players starts to develop a lifestyle aligned with soccer.  Nutrition.  Behavior.  Responsibility.
  • 13. Player Development – What is expected, When Emphasis on perfecting individual technique. (U14 to U16)  Performance under pressure with increased speed and power.  Space awareness. (Individual ability to create space)  Defending  Attacking  Transitions Emphasis on tactical development.  “Play like you practice” attitude.  Motivation to repeat the activity until the objectives are achieved.  Ability to motivate others to achieve the objectives.  Principals of offense.  Principals of defense. Emphasis on physical conditioning.  Strength training and speed training once per week. (with ball whenever possible)  Power training twice monthly alternated with speed training. (with ball whenever possible)  Core training once per week.  Plyometric training twice monthly.  Agility training other than plyometric once per week.  Flexibility training.  Static flexibility training twice per week.  Dynamic flexibility training in every practice and game.
  • 14. Player Development – What is expected, When Everyone plays. (U14 to U16)  Elite players practice and play as a group.  Three to four practices per week of structured training. At least one hour per day of unstructured activity. (street soccer)  One game per week.  Maximize play time to all players.  Create a league program for the least able players so that it is possible for the players to play full games.  Evaluate and plan specific training to aid the needs of the individual player.  Evaluation and monitoring of individual players:  One minute, push-ups and sit-ups (30,40)  Fitness test- Cooper test and 20 meter beep test.  Speed test- 20 meters and 40 meters. (3.5 sec, 5.5 sec)  40 meters technical test.  Vertical jump. (60 cm)  300 meter shuttle  3 hop test.  Hop and leap test. (90%, 110% player’s height)
  • 15. Player Development – What is expected, When U17 to U19 Program for elite players only. (others play recreational soccer)  Players demonstrate high level of proficiency to play the game.  Player trains to win games.  Player works towards professional status.  Player loves to compete at the highest level.  Players master technical ability on the ball.  Reinforce the skill learned but with explosive power and speed.  Emphasize quality every time he touches the ball. (Professional soccer is entertaining)  Players develops endurance. (90 minutes player)  Players develop self style of soccer. (based on sound basic skills)  Player becomes proficient in a specific position on the field.  Player contributes for the leadership structure of the team.  Players ascertains a lifestyle aligned with soccer.  Nutrition.  Behavior.  Responsibility.
  • 16. Player Development – What is expected, When Emphasis on developing explosive speed of play. (U17 to U19)  Development of confidence with and without the ball.  Speed optimization in reaction, play perception and play anticipation.  Synchronization of communication and action speed. Emphasis on tactical development.  Systematic approach to explore opponent’s weakness.  Motivation to repeat the activity until the objectives are achieved.  Ability to work with others in complex training to achieve the objectives.  Principals of offense.  Principals of defense.  Transition methods. Emphasis on physical conditioning.  Strength training and speed training once per week. (with ball whenever possible)  Power training once per week alternated with speed training. (with ball whenever possible)  Core training once per week.  Plyometric training twice monthly.  Agility training other than plyometric once per week.  Flexibility training.  Static flexibility training twice per week.  Dynamic flexibility training in every practice and game.
  • 17. Player Development – What is expected, When Everyone plays. (U17 to U19)  Elite players practice with main team once per week.  Elite players play with main team at the main team’s coach request.  Maximize play time to all players.  Three to four practices per week of structured training. At least one hour per day of unstructured activity. (street soccer)  One game per week.  Evaluate and plan specific training to aid the needs of the individual player.  Evaluation and monitoring of individual players:  One minute, push-ups and sit-ups (30,40)  Fitness test- Cooper test and 20 meter beep test.  Speed test- 20 meters and 40 meters. (3.5 sec, 5.5 sec)  40 meters technical test.  Vertical jump. (60 cm)  300 meter shuttle  3 hop test.  Hop and leap test. (90%, 110% player’s height)