soccer training skills

Soccer Coaches Plan,

a Basic Introduction

to the Season


This guideline uses a British Columbia (Canada) model.
The first month is the month before your team plays in its usual league format.

Each practice will have three (3) main components


Technical skills

Team organization

August – September

Team bonding

Parent /Team meeting and coaches' expectations

Special equipment requirements

Tournaments, etc.

Plyometrics (* see below) and mechanical analysis

Individual analysis and (Skills Report)

Skill levels and team play

Goal keeping and defensive play

September – October

Defending and wing principles of play

Mid-field control

Forward movement and Strikers

October – November

Set plays and restarts

November- December

Enhanced skills development

Power and speed

January – February

Open play and creative team involvement

February – March

Revisit and refine skills

More skills development

March – April

Tournaments and special events

Everybody has something to offer especially when it comes to advancing our children and their interests.
If you have a skill or a request please feel free to talk to the coaching Staff so we can utilize your talents in a co-ordinated manner

*Introduction to Plyometrics

For bounding exercises use surfaces such as grass or other resilient surfaces. Avoid cement floors because there is no cushioning.
Choose well-cushioned shoes that are stable and can absorb some of the inevitable impact.
All athletes should undergo general orthopaedic screening before engaging in plyometric training.
Particular attention should be given to structural or postural problems that are likely to predispose the athlete to injury.

Young athletes

Some authors suggest that moderate jumps can be included in the athletic training of very young children.
However, great care needs to be exerted when prescribing any training procedures for pre-adolescent children. Because of the relatively immature bone structure in pre-adolescent and adolescent children, the very great forces exerted during intensive depth jumps should be avoided.

Steve September of On The Ball Soccer Training has been involved in soccer for over forty years and on three continents. As a player, player coach and high performance coach Steve wants to share the knowledge and experiences with all levels of people involved in the soccer scene.

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