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									                     Sports Domain Academy


                            Training Curriculum

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                        this document may not be reproduced without express written
                                     permission from Ashley Hammond
                                                August 2010

                               Sports Domain Academy
                           Guidelines for Travel Team Soccer


This curriculum has been developed using training criteria set by the top soccer clubs in Europe.
In using this evolving curriculum, we will install a progressive and developmental training
schedule that will optimize the standard of coaching, the level of the practices, and the individual
development of every player within its program.

Each coaching scheme of work is ability and experience appropriate and has set aims and
objectives that will continually be reviewed and developed accordingly by The Director of
Training for Montclair United Soccer Club.

The Schemes are used as a guide by the coaches when planning sessions and will ensure
continuity throughout the year. The curriculum allows flexibility in the training and a variation on
the themes to be covered. The aims and objectives of each session can be used as a guide for
individual progress and help determine the areas that need to be worked on in the future. In the
younger teams a great deal of attention is put towards fundamental ball work, with each player
gaining maximum touches on the ball. As the age groups get older the focus shifts towards
more advanced techniques, tactical/decision making sessions, functional work, and developing
the body of a young athlete. Each team will also receive age appropriate information and advice
on conditioning, nutrition, injury prevention, sociology and psychology.


I.      Lesson Plan/Season Plan
The season plan must be made prior to the start of the season and modified each week
according to the execution of the weekly lesson plan. Make a lesson plan the evening before
Evaluate the lesson plan at the earliest convenience after training. Log the observations and
conclusions and adjust the season plan accordingly.
Select a topic for training from evaluating the game however the “band aid” approach should not
distract you from the path.

II.     Practice Preparation
Bring your equipment (balls, vests, pump and cones).
Get rid of unnecessarily distractions, cell phones etc.
Arrive ahead of time. Check the field for safety.
Organize the field for the exercises.
When players arrive spend time with them.

III.    Organization
The players must run through the organization correctly. Look at speed, timing, spacing and
internal communication. If they do this correctly, coach the skill or pattern of play or the decision
If you need to adjust the size of the grid, do so accordingly.
IV.      Progression
1.1      Welcome players. Shake hands as indication that the practice has started.
Functional warm-up. Change the tempo of intensity. Get them in the right mind-set to train.
Focus on the values of the game. Reinforce that they do stretching properly. Do not proceed
Introduce the exercise; explain the objective and state your expectations.
Progression of the first exercise.
Same exercise, but go with opposite decision making to the prior exercise. For instance, if the
first exercise is penetration on dribbling, make the following exercise „penetrate on the dribble,
shield, reload.
Let the player decide which skill they execute based on what they learned in the first three
Play either possession game or play game related activity. Incorporate your topic into play.
Progression of the prior exercise.
Free play (stick to the topic).
Handshake with the player as closure to the practice.

V.     After Practice
Clean the field.
Be available if players and parents want to talk to you.
Ensure that each player is taken care of before leaving the field.

VI.    Coaching Actions
Remain attentive in „reading‟ the situations.
Recognize the teachable moment.
Consider the accuracy, validity and reliability of what you see and what you try to measure.
Usually, the longer you wait the more valid but the less reliable the argument.
Have a positive demeanor even if you disapprove of the action.

VII.    Increase Success
Increase space.
Decrease defenders.
Put stronger players on one team.
Easier exercises.

VIII. Special Considerations
With better players, upon arrival give them a chance to organize themselves. Let them play a
small sided game, possession or keep-a-way.
Let the game always be the focus. They learn from reading the game and not to the obedience
of the coach.
Ask lots of questions to develop analytical thinking.

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