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Player Development Curricula

Glenview AYSO works with Stuart Barlow from P2 Soccer to offer these weekly coach practice plans.

 PLAN  NOTES
 Week 1 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
Focus is on ball-handling skills and getting the kids active with lot of touches on the ball.
This will help them gain confidence in the game and translate into passing plays as the season progresses
 Week 2 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
This week's focus is on defending. 
Remember, there is a lot to learn here.
Layer in the coaching points slowly and ensure players understand before moving on.
 Week 3 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
Focus is on passing the ball - oftentimes, we try to coach our players on both the passing and the receiving together:
for beginner players this can be overwhelming as there is a lot to grasp.
Our advice is to get the passing part down and then move to the trapping.
Once they understand the technique you can advance to why/when to pass. Ensure players get lots of repetition.
 Week 4 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
The focus is on working with your teammates. 
There are many layers to this. 
Start simply and feel free to adapt and tweak these lessons to suit your team.
 Week 5 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
As we reach the mid-point of the season, notice a pattern emerging in our lesson plans:
we're trying to balance out our time between offensive and defensive topics and skills.
You may also notice some repetition of drills from week-to-week.
This is intentional -- familiarity is good for trainers, coaches and players.
We simply adjust the coaching points to suit the topic.
 Week 6 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
Focus is on spacing for all ages.  
We see a lot of young players shouting "I’m open" despite having opposition players between them and the ball.
Try to show them how to actually be open by creating lanes for a pass.
Lots of visual demos will help.
 Week 7 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
The crux of these lessons is decision making and positioning on the field.
Drills for the youngest players focus on basic decision making (dribble or pass?).
The intermediate group includes the role of a second defender, which is great for teaching the kids where to be
on the field and how to figure that out, as well as taking ownership of the play. 
The older group focuses on building out of the back, but includes helpful hints for our more advanced intermediate players.
Be sure and take a look at both links
 Week 8 
 Ages 4-6 
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+ 
 As it starts to get cold, remember to keep players active, minimize downtime and water breaks as much as possible
 Week 9 
 Ages 4-6
 Ages 7-10
 Ages 11+
If this is the last practice of the season, we encourage coaches the trainers to make it fun
and ask the players which activities they’d like to do. 


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