Southern Shore United

Coaches Corner

A resource for metro coaches to help guide practices which will ensure players at the grass roots level acquire FUNdamental movement skills necessary for prosperous development.

 

Below are practices used by the Ontario Soccer Associations with grassroots players.

 

Active Start - Ages 4-5

Session 1: Hungry Hippo! Aimed towards children ages 4-5. This session focuses on movement skills, dribbling, running with the ball, and being comfortable with the ball. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtnK1fZf7TU

 

 

Session 2: Tunnel Tag! Aimed towards children ages 4-5. This session focuses on agility, flexibility, dribbling, and teamwork. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g_DrkSLzoE

 

Session 3: Treasure Island! Aimed towards children ages 4-5. This session focuses on dribbling, and developing fundamental movement skills such as hopping, jumping, and more. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQxJC6HK-iQ

 

Session 4: Shark ATTACK! Aimed towards children age 4-5. This session focuses on dribbling, controlling the ball, and changing direction. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKETqkhgBBE

 

 

FUNdamentals - Ages 6-8

Session 1: Show your magic! Aimed towards children age 6-8. The session is focused on creativity. Players play 1 vs 1, with a keeper. The purpose is to get past the defender and have a shot on goal. If the defender wins the ball they must try and score on the smaller goal. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw1ANEY5gmc

 

Session 2: Chaos on the Highway! Aimed towards children ages 6-8. This session focuses on dribbling, change of pace, and spatial awareness. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugrd2yawu7U

 

Session 3: King of the Ring! Aimed towards children ages 6-8. This session focuses on dribbling with your head up, changing direction, spatial awareness, and shielding the ball. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AIzSfY2lH8

 

Session 4: Handball! Aimed towards children ages 6-8. This session focuses on movement off the ball, finding space, and defending. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFvLnlOXgb8

 

Learning to Train - Ages 9-12

Session 1: The Huddle! Aimed towards children age 9-12. The session is focused on teamwork, communication, and moving your body in all directions. This is important as soccer players need to be able to move left, right, sideways, up, down, back, and forth. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmqfJJ87jg8

 

Session 2: Breaking Lines! Aimed towards children age 9-12. This session focuses on the decision making and recognition of opportunities when players can penetrate when running with the ball. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgn1OgpT6T0

 

Session 3: Turning in Traffic! Aimed towards children ages 9-12. This session focuses on receiving, passing, and change of pace. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLW-vZhIOgA

 

Session 4: 3 vs 1 World Cup! Aimed towards children ages 9-12. This session focuses on passing, receiving, scanning, movement off the ball, and more. In the video the coach highlights the importance of different aspects of development from psychological, technical, physical, and social/emotional.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYUkGnMDrfQ




News

Canada Soccer Invests in Technical Leadership with Announcement of new Director of Development

On September 6, 2016, Canada Soccer announced Jason deVos as the Director of Development, a new position within the program. Jason will be “responsible for the overall management, direction and development of coaching and grassroots development programs across Canada” (Canada Soccer, 2016). If Jason can create a nurturing grassroots program in this country, then this will set the stage for Canada to produce bountiful technical and tactical players with ambitions of donning the red and white.

Link to Article: http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-invests-in-technical-leadership-with-announcement-of-new-director-of-development-p159856

Jason’s Interview with CBC regarding his possession: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/jason-de-vos-q-and-a-1.3788320




Opinion and Resource Articles

Keys to a Grassroots Session

  • Kids need to have FUN and fall in love with the game – focus on the kids, if kids don’t have a good time they won’t play!
  • Structure sessions with appropriate game (4 vs 4, 7 vs 7, 9vs 9), field, and goal sizes for players physical and cognitive capabilities
  • Make sure kids are always involved, try to limit watching, wait times, etc. EX: If playing king of the ring, when a player gets knocked out they can get back in by doing 3 juggles. To make it competitive, players who are knocked out move to another grid where if they’re knocked out they get back in by doing juggles. Make teams smaller (4 vs 4, instead of 7 vs 7) for younger ages, and group similar skills levels together which ensure each child is involved and get more touches on the ball.
  • Focus on development – individuals who measure success for youth based on winning, will see a 5-year old as a good player if they score all of their teams goals. What they don’t see is that this 5-year old is physically mature for their age, and is just faster and stronger than their peers. This will force this player to rely on their athleticism for success, and they will not develop the appropriate technical and tactical ability. Once their peers develop physically, this child will no longer have an advantage, but rather will be at a disadvantage because they only have one skill set, athleticism. As opposed to the children who developed physically later and now have athleticism to accompany their technical ability.   
  • Let everyone play – don’t turn any kids away. Every child deserves an opportunity to play.
  • Develop Physical Literacy – just like learning to read or write, children need to learn fundamental motor skills. The development of skills such as running, jumping, hopping, turning, and more will serve as the foundation for the development of more complex movements.