- Improving the technical aspects of the game under increased pressure.
- Players should gain a deeper understanding of tactical concepts: Offensive and defensive principles, high vs. low pressure, counter attack, off-side trap, etc.
- Improving the quality of play.
- Players need to continue their overall body development.
- Players need to gain a deeper understanding of their specific roles within the team.
- Players need to be able to recognize and make tactical adjustments within the game.
The main areas of focus: developing tactical concepts of the game while continuing to develop technical abilities. Training sessions will be similar from the previous stage with the areas of focus becoming more complex.
Formation & Style of Play
- Players will learn to play in various formations: 4-3-3, 4-5-1, 4-4-2, etc.
- Players will learn to play an Attacking/Possession based style of soccer.
– Width & Depth
– Off the ball movement
– Ball Movement / Pattern Play
– Various ways to attack
– Pressure, cover, & balance
– Defending from front line to the back line
– Areas to force the ball
– Delay / Recover
|Different ways of attack
– Down the flank
– Weak side
– Outside to the middle
– Crossing & finishing
– Combination play to goal
– Counter attack
– 1v1 to goal
|Defending as team
– Defensive Shape
– Pressure, cover, and balance
– Zonal Defending
– Defending from the front to the back
– Pressing as a team
– How to delay and recover as a team
– Line of confrontation
– Using offsides & spacing to aid in defense
Age Group Areas of Focus
- Improve on technical deficiencies.
- Continued training on 1v1 attacking and defending techniques.
- Technical training under game conditions.
- Possession games with conditions to add pressure.
- Building out of the back.
- Midfield play.
- Offense vs. defense.
- Wing play and crosses.
- Defending as a group, as a team.
- Play in the final third of the field.
- Passes into a target.
- Rhythm of play.
- Being able to make tactical adjustments according to weather conditions, field conditions, opponents and game situations.
- Team tactics in respect to defense and offense. High pressure vs. low pressure. Man for man vs. zone. Creating numbers up situations.
- Chalk talks.
- Video sessions.
- Specific strength training.
- Specific speed training.
- Specific endurance training.
- The U16 player should be able to play one and two-touch soccer.
- The U16 player should be confident in the 1v1 duel, both defensively, as well as offensively.
- The U16 player should understand the concepts and purpose of possession games.
- The U16 player should show tactical understanding of defensive and attacking concepts.
- The U16 player should show a willingness to work individually on deficiencies.