by Eric Clermont, Boys & Girls Competitive Director and U19 ECNL Head Coach at Tampa Bay United Soccer Club
Welcome to our BRAND NEW season curriculum for ages 5-8, which adds to our current curricula for ages 9-12 and 13-18 already in this shop. We’re excited to get this out there, as it has been requested frequently by coaches for years!
The curriculum works as an 8 week program of 16 simple, easy to use sessions which are manageable for any soccer coach or parent. The content provides a great introduction for players new to soccer; the objective at this foundational level is to provide a safe, fun environment for young people where they can begin to grow a love for the game. All learning is implicit with the learning taking place within the conditions and rules of each game- this allows the coach to focus on letting the kids ‘have fun’ and slowly introducing coaching points as the sessions develop.
The sessions focus heavily on developing the essential technical, physical and psycho-social skills within the game of soccer, while also introducing simple tactical concepts. Technically, we introduce players to the fundamental skills needed to play the game; dribbling, running with the ball, passing/ receiving and shooting/ finishing. From a physical aspect, the sessions also have a heavy focus on developing players’ physical literacy, in other words their ABC’s- agility, balance and coordination which are all vital to athletic development later on in life. From a mental perspective, the curriculum focuses on building confidence, creating an environment of competition while also introducing young people to the social skills needed in life. Overall, the curriculum will enhance players’ lives in and out of the game of soccer.
Anyone can use the curriculum; from a seasoned, veteran coach who is looking for something new, or a first time parent coach who is new to the game of soccer. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Purchase this curriculum and receive it in a downloadable Interactive PDF format.