Phase 2 – The Learning to Train Phase

Phase 2 – The Learning to Train Phase

Age: Males 9 to 12/Females 8 to 11 yearsThe main objective of this phase is to learn the specific football skills in conjunction with FUNdamental skills from a range of other sports. These skills form the cornerstone of all player development. An emphasis on technical development should be a key part of this phase, with the 7 v 7 game being introduced, progressing to 9 v 9.
12th Jun 2009

Age: Males 9 to 12/Females 8 to 11 years

The main objective of this phase is to learn the specific football skills in conjunction with FUNdamental skills from a range of other sports. These skills form the cornerstone of all player development. An emphasis on technical development should be a key part of this phase, with the 7 v 7 game being introduced, progressing to 9 v 9.

The Learning to Train Phase - Technical

  • Fundamental skills progressively refined, combined and elaborated upon to more sport specific skills.
  • Willingness and knowledge of how to practice skills
  • Football specific skills; dribbling, shooting, passing, controlling
  • Combination of skills in game related activities

The Learning to Train Phase - Tactical

  • Play modified and small-sided games
  • Implement key game principles
  • Play small sided games: 9v9, 7v7, 5v5, 3v5 etc (spatial awareness: pass and move)
  • Implement defence and attack principles in SSG
  • Introduction to positional awareness in a variety of positions
  • Perform basic set pieces e.g. foul throw, free kicks
  • Know rules in relation to free kicks and offside

The Learning to Train Phase - Physical

  • Continue to develop ABCs
  • Continue to develop speed, power and endurance through fun games
  • Medicine ball, Swiss ball and own-body exercises for strength as well as hopping-bounding exercises
  • Basic flexibility exercises
  • Warm-up and stretching
  • Basic body awareness - Stage 2
  • Shoulder, elbow, core, spine and ankle stability

The Learning to Train Phase - Mental

  • Introduction to mental preparation
  • Understanding of the role of practice
  • Perseverance
  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Achieve success and receive positive reinforcement
  • Goal setting (short term)