FOUNDATION PHASE

COACHING SESSION STRUCTURE

FOUNDATION PHASE SYLLABUS

ALL TEAMS IN THE FOUNDATION PHASE WHO ARE COACHED WEEKLY BY ELITE FOOTBALL COACHING

FOLLOW A 16 WEEK ROTATING SYLLABUS BASED AROUND THE FA'S FOUR CORNERS DEVELOPMENT MODEL.

DURING THE FOUNDATION PHASE SESSIONS WILL FOCUS HEAVILY ON TEACHING ALL PLAYERS TO COMFORTABLE WITH 

A FOOTBALL AT THEIR FEET. SESSIONS WILL INCORPORATE LOTS OF SMALL SIDED GAMES AND BALL MASTERY.

AT THE END OF EACH 16 WEEK BLOCK, PLAYERS COMPETE IN SMALL SIDED FIXTURES IN AN IN-HOUSE GAMES WEEK.

STATISTICS BACK UP THE BENEFITS OF SMALL SIDED GAMES COMPARED WITH 11 A-SIDE FOOTBALL

SOME OF THE STATISTICS SHOW THAT:

PLAYERS TOUCH THE BALL 5 TIMES MORE OFTEN IN 4 A-SIDE FOOTBALL AND 50% MORE IN 7 A-SIDE FOOTBALL

PLAYERS ARE 3 TIMES MORE OFTEN IN 1V1 SITUATIONS IN 4 A-SIDE FOOTBALL AND TWICE MORE OFTEN IN 7 A-SIDE FOOTBALL

GOALS ARE SCORED EVERY 2 MINUTES IN 4 A-SIDE FOOTBALL ON AVERAGE AND EVERY 4 MINUTES IN 7 A-SIDE FOOTBALL

GOALKEEPERS ARE INVOLVED IN THE ACTION 2 TO 4 TIMES MORE OFTEN IN 7 A-SIDE FOOTBALL THAN IN 11 A-SIDE FOOTBALL

THE BALL IS OUT OF PLAY 8% OF THE TIME IN 4 A-SIDE FOOTBALL, 14% IN 7 A-SIDE FOOTBALL AND 34% OF THE TIME IN 11 A-SIDE FOOTBALL

ELITE FOOTBALL COACHING GRASSROOTS CLUB

60 MINUTE SESSION STRUCTURE.

MINUTES 1-10

SMALL SIDED GAMES

SMALL SIDED GAMES WITH THE EMPHASIS ON PLAYERS DECISION MAKING.

COACHES LET THE PLAYERS PLAY AND MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

GAMES MUST START ON THE HOUR WITH LATE ARRIVALS BEING ADDED TO TEAMS DURING THE GAMES.

MINUTES 10-25

BALL MASTERY

FOUNDATION PHASE SESSIONS SHOULD INCORPORATE LOTS OF BALL MASTERY.

COACHES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE CREATIVE DURING THE BALL MASTERY SECTION OF SESSIONS.

EMPHASIS SHOULD BE ON PLAYERS TOUCHING THE BALL AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.

MINUTES 25-45

WEEKLY SESSION TOPIC

COACHES SHOULD KEEP PLAYERS INVOLVED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND SESSIONS SHOULD BE CENTRED AROUND THE SESSION TOPIC FOR THAT WEEK.

COACHES MUST BE VOCAL ENOUGH TO  ALLOW ALL PLAYERS TO HEAR THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.

MINUTES 45-55

SMALL SIDED CONDITIONED GAMES

ALL SESSIONS FINISH WITH SMALL SIDED GAMES. 

PLAYERS MUST BE ENCOURAGED TO TRY TO BE CREATIVE AND INCORPORATE SKILLS THAT HAVE JUST BEEN WORKED ON DURING THE SESSION. CONDITIONS CAN BE ADDED TO THE GAMES BY COACHES.

MINUTES 55-60

SESSION FEEDBACK / DEBREIF 

AFTER EACH SESSION COACHES MUST ENGAGE PLAYERS IN CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SESSION.

COACHES SHOULD ASK QUESTIONS ENSURING PLAYERS UNDERSTAND WHY THEY HAVE DONE SPECIFIC THINGS DURING THE SESSION. COACHES ARE ENCOURAGED TO SET HOMEWORK TASKS FOR PLAYERS.

CLUB ADDRESS

ELITE FOOTBALL COACHING

Elite Football Coaching

145 Stockport Road

Cheadle

Cheshire

SK8 2DP

Tel : 07572609510

Email : info@elitefootballcoaching.co.uk

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