FC DALLAS EAST TEXAS

10U PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MODEL:

AGE GROUP CHARACTER TRAITS:

  • Players continue to play soccer to have fun; however, competition now becomes a factor. Ensure that competition is healthy and a means to enhance development rather than the ultimate indicator of development.
  • Players have a better comprehension of problem solving and can understand concepts of teammates, time, space, and boundaries to help find solutions.
  • Players are extremely self motivated, so coaches should continue to challenge each player individually.
  • Players seek honesty and fair treatment and do not understand favoritism within a group – coaches should avoid showing favoritism or compromise of ideals for the "more developed" player and treat all players the same.
  • Players attention span remains relatively short – therefore avoid detailed technical descriptions or debriefs.

AGE GROUP COACHING CHARACTERISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY:

  • Players begin to mature physically and athleticism often dominates over skill development. Therefore, we must continue to focus on the player and their development rather than a desire to win.
  • Continue to address ball skills and problem solving through creativity.
  • Begin to introduce the concept of decision making within a small group as it relates to movement with and without the ball.
  • Challenge players through a variety of technical activities to directions and small goals with opposition: e.g. ideas on possession, dribbling, and combination play.
  • Final practice activities should be free play to goals, allowing the players time to experiment.
  • Players should develop sportsmanship and respect for coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, and parents.

Coaches should possess the following qualities:

PERSONALITY:

  • Must be organized, fun and enthusiastic, keeping the session player centered
  • Ability to relate to young players and keep players interest levels high
  • Possess the patience to organize multiple individuals

TECHNICAL COMPONENTS:

  • Understand all technical components of dribbling, passing and receiving, shooting, tackling, and combination play
  • Ability to demonstrate skills and how they relate to small sided situations
  • Introduce simple ideas for restarts and set plays
  • Teach through age appropriate "guided discovery" rather than "coach directed" methods
  • Ability to adapt training session quickly

TACTICAL COMPONENTS:

  • Understanding rules of the game
  • Ability to organize multiple small sided games with concepts of 3v3/4v4/5v5
  • Ability to teach concepts of triangles and diamond shape in small sided games
  • Understand the principles of attacking and defending and how to implement with young players
  • Understand the basic group positional roles of defense, midfield, and forward

AGE GROUP COACHING GOALS:

  • Positions should not be stressed at this age but players should experience all positions
  • Parents should be educated on the FCD Way and the process of age-appropriate training
  • Players should be encouraged to attend FCD professional games

Coaches should ensure that young players possess the following:

TECHNICAL:

  • Comfort with the ball on both feet
  • Ability to maintain sole possession through dribbling at varying speeds with multiple surfaces of each foot
  • Ability to change direction using feints and tricks to solve the problem of pressure
  • Ability to look for the other teammates and find them with passes to keep possession
  • Ability to identify opponents and take the ball away without kicking the ball for power
  • Ability to strike the ball with power rather than accuracy
  • Ability to juggle the ball with or without bounces between touches
  • Ability to perform set plays and restarts technically, such as a kick-off, corners, throw-ins, free kicks, etc

TACTICAL:

  • Ability to recognize simple team shapes such as triangles and diamonds
  • Ability to understand simple components of attacking a goal and defending a goal
  • Ability to recognize numbers up situations such as 2v1 and 3v2
  • Ability to loosely understand "bigger team" concepts such as small group defending/attacking
  • Ability to perform set plays and restarts tactically, such as a kick-off, corners, throw-ins, free kicks, etc

PHYSICAL:

  • Players should understand that they will improve their physical abilities by participating in training activities involving the ball.
  • Players should have the physical ability to play for a minimum of 50% of whatever time is allotted for the match.

PSYCHOLOGICAL:

  • Players should understand the ability levels on the team can be uneven and they should not feel frustrated by their lack of success or a fellow teammate's lack of success.
  • Players should strive to maintain their focus and discipline throughout the training session.

11-12U PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MODEL:

AGE GROUP CHARACTER TRAITS:

  • Players continue to play the game to have fun and are competitive with each other in trying to learn new skills.
  • Players have an increased ability to stay focused for longer periods of time.
  • Players will start to take responsibility for decisions they make.
  • Players are beginning to change physically and some players will temporarily lose agility, balance, and coordination during growth spurts.
  • Players will gain proficiency rapidly in many technical areas and should be encouraged to experiment these new techniques during play. Helping players understand when and where to apply a certain skill without having them fear outcome is imperative.

AGE GROUP COACHING CHARACTERISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY:

  • High emphasis should be placed on individual technical development and small group decision-making.
  • Small sided games are recommended in training to maximize opportunities on the ball as the first attacker or first defender.
  • Players should be encouraged to try new things and experiment with the ball while working together with teammates in small groups to solve problems.
  • Coaches will need to work with players on developing good training habits and setting the foundation for players to play thoughtful, attacking soccer.
  • Trial and error is an important aspect of discovery of new techniques and should be encouraged.
  • Players will need to be introduced to the FCD methodology as it applies to style of play and individual skill development.
  • Development of physical components (agility and coordination).
  • Development of sportsmanship and respect for coaches, teammates, opponents, officials and parents.

Coaches should possess the following qualities:

PERSONALITY:

  • Sensitive teacher
  • Enthusiastic and encouraging
  • Ability to communicate with parents and players
  • Possess the patience to deal with players/parents who are involved with multiple activities
  • Possess the patience to organize multiple individuals
  • Must place long term player development as a priority over short term success

TECHNICAL COMPONENTS:

  • Understand all the technical components
  • Ability to demonstrate
  • Understands demands for 13-14U, giving younger players a technical head start
  • Ability to adapt training sessions quickly
  • Focus should be placed on quality of performance and not result-driven

TACTICAL COMPONENTS:

  • Understands the connection between individual skill and small group insight
  • Encouragement of all players regardless of position to attack and defend
  • Has thorough understanding of defending principles (pressure, cover, balance) and can teach them in 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and games.
  • Has a thorough understanding of attacking principles (width, depth, mobility, penetration, improvisation) and can teach them in 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and games.

AGE GROUP COACHING GOALS:

  • Positional play is loosely introduced but players should experience multiple positions and be taught the game based on principles of attacking and defending.
  • Parents should be educated on The FCD Way and the process of age-appropriate training.
  • Players should be encouraged to attend FCD professional games.

Coaches should ensure that young players possess the following:

TECHNICAL:

  • Players should be encouraged to try new skills and techniques without fear of failure.
  • Players should be comfortable with the ball
  • Players should have an increased technical proficiency in general ball handling, dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, crossing, heading, tackling, and defending.

TACTICAL:

  • Players should be able to solve problems during games.
  • Players should see their movements as being related to teammates and opponents.
  • Players should be able to understand individual and small group attacking and defending principles (7v7-9v9)
  • Players should recognize numbers up, even numbers and numbers down situations in order to make appropriate decisions.

PHYSICAL:

  • Players should understand they will improve their physical abilities by participating in training activities involving the ball.

PSYCHOLOGICAL:

  • Players need to believe that the "smaller" skillful player will be given the same opportunity to succeed as the "bigger" more physical mature player.

13-14U PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MODEL:

AGE GROUP CHARACTER TRAITS:

  • Players are more outgoing and confident and they love competition.
  • Players need to feel accepted in the group. They begin to focus more on their friends and begin to view themselves as separate from their parents.
  • Players are developing physically and technically at different times during this age group, so there is a need for coaches to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate the player's soccer ability.
  • An important theme for this age group is developing player accountability – taking responsibility for his or her decisions with and without the ball. Encourage risk taking and creativity, but players need to understand the impact of their decisions in helping their team win games.
  • Encourage players in this age group to develop the right attitude regarding competition and training habits as player development is the ultimate goal.

AGE GROUP COACHING CHARACTERISTICS AND PHILOSPHY:

  • Development of individual skills – emphasis on players becoming comfortable with the ball.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of individual and small group tactics.
  • The importance of possession – we want to keep the ball.
    • Possession with purpose and direction.
    • Speed of possession.
  • Competition sets the demands and the players respond (Here is the problem – Find the solution and try to solve it).
  • Final activities should be challenging, motivating and involve transition.
  • Functional training (technical and tactical).
  • Players should develop sportsmanship and respect for coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, and parents.
  • Development of physical components (flexibility, agility, speed, strength, endurance).

Coaches should possess the following qualities:

PERSONALITY:

  • Must be passionate about competition player development and FCD..
  • Ability to relate to young players and keep players' interest levels high.
  • Possess the patience to organize multiple individuals.

TECHNICAL COMPONENTS:

  • Understand all the technical components.
  • Ability to demonstrate.
  • Ability to communicate group and team themes to the players.
  • Ability to adapt training sessions quickly.

TACTICAL COMPONENTS:

  • Knowledge of individual and small group defending (1v1, 2v2, 3v3).
  • Understanding of combination play (support, wall, pass, takeovers).
  • Understanding of defending principles (pressure, cover, compactness, balance, control, and restraint).
  • Understanding of attacking principles (penetration, support, width, mobility, improvisation).

AGE GROUP COACHING GOALS:

  • Positional play is encouraged, but each player should be comfortable in several positions.
  • Parents should be educated on The FCD Way and the process of age appropriate training.
  • Players should be encouraged to attend FCD professional games.

Coaches should ensure that young players possess the following:

TECHNICAL:

  • Be comfortable with the ball
  • Players should know when and how to get the ball out of pressure with the goal of getting forward.
  • Players should know how to win the ball back, both as an individual and as a group.
  • Develop the ability to solve problems during the game.
  • Feel comfortable experimenting in game situations – it should not be a place where they play scared or safe.
  • Comfortable playing through the thirds of the field.

PHYSICAL:

  • Understand that they will improve their physical abilities by participating in training activities involving the ball.
  • Begin to develop an understanding of the importance of strength, speed and endurance.

PSYCHOLOGICAL:

  • Understand that competing is a priority and that they are encouraged to figure out ways to compete within training and matches.
  • Feel comfortable with the knowledge that whether they may or may not have matured physically they will be given every opportunity to be successful.
  • Players should understand that competing is a priority and that they are encouraged to figure out ways to compete within training and matches.

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