The Academy pathway is designed for the U8-U10 player looking to develop his/her skills and to start playing soccer games in a fun and positive developmental environment. The Academy is also a logical and important program assisting players and families to gain insights into and prepare for competitive soccer, if that is their ambition.
Academy players will train twice a week and play their games in a festival setting where games are played with the development of the player in mind. Players will play approximately five to six weekends a season where teams will get two games. We will have Academy playdates, in-house, or a tournament. The distances should be no further than a 90 minute drive. There are no scores kept and no league standings (except at some tournaments). The emphasis is technical development and fun. At 365 Soccer Academy, we believe this is the ideal platform for players to develop into competitive soccer players.
Academy players will follow a curriculum created specifically for this age-group. This curriculum has been developed with a focus on the necessary skills needed to succeed at this age.
The 365 Soccer Academy coaching program adopts a player centered approach, developing technical, tactical, physiological and psychological areas of performance for each player within a safe and positive learning environment. This will maximize each player's learning potential at each phase of the performance pathway. Our goal is to develop players enabling them to make the transition through each phase, all the way through to the collegiate level.
365 Soccer Academy will deliver the technical program to all Academy players which will be recorded and evaluated through each performance phase. The coaches and players will adhere to the Academy Code of Conduct. Our coaching philosophy will support the Academy playing philosophy. The coaching program will place the player in the center of all aspects. The Academy will develop the player with a multi-disciplinary approach, using the four corners of player development; technical/tactical/psychological/physical.
How we do it!!
Each development phase will have different key coaching terms that will be used during training sessions and on match days. It is important that all players are familiar with the meaning of these words in order for the words to have the desired effect.
‘Start again’ – pass the ball back to a deep lying player when there are no forward options to maintain possession.
‘Take him/her on’ – players are encouraged to beat an opponent in a 1v1 situation.
‘Play quick’ (1-2’s) – Players are encouraged to pass and move to beat opponents.
‘Man for man’ – players are encouraged to take responsibility and mark the nearest player to them.
‘Press the ball’ – players are encouraged to regain possession as quickly as possible.
In order to play the ‘365 Way’ it is important that individual players are developed on the 365 Soccer Academy principles below;
Principles for the TEAM:
1. All players must attack and defend: all players must be involved in the game as unit.
2. Numerical advantage: Soccer is a game of numbers where we try to create a numerical advantage in attack and avoid a being in a numerical disadvantage in defense.
3. Width, Length and Depth: When in possession the team must have width, length and depth for both creative and safe possession.
4. Triangle principle and passing options: Players in possession of the ball must receive constant support and have at least two passing options.
5. Speed of play: Quick movement of the ball can create 2v1 situations.
6. Movement off the ball: Find the best available space to create passing options for the player in possession of the ball.
7. Pressure as a unit: The unit must stay compact to reduce the space available for opponents to play.
8. Transition: Improve transition by reducing the number of passes needed to arrive at the target area or opponents goal when necessary.
9. Take initiative during the game: Team breakdowns will occur. The team must be capable of adapting to new situations and imposing its own style of play during the game.
10. Respect everyone, fear no one: Players must have confidence in their own ability and their teammate’s ability and demonstrate this to the opposition.
Principles for the PLAYERS:
1. Making correct decisions under pressure: Players must have an awareness of what decision to make in all areas of the field, in and out of possession.
2. Keeping the game simple: Do not force situations, over dribble or be careless with the ball.
3. Be reliable in possession: Players must value possession of the ball and be good at retaining possession in a variety of situations.
4. Accuracy and quality of the pass: Passing must be accurate with the correct weight.
5. First touch: Make a clean, controlled first touch taking the ball away from pressure into space.
6. Awareness: Players with and without the ball should constantly be scanning the field of play.
7. 1v1 ability: Encourage desire to regain control of the ball in defense and creativity in attack to beat defenders.
8. Individual transition: Players must react quickly when possession changes.
9. Shooting: Always be aware of the goal, all players are encouraged to shoot if appropriate to do so.
10. Take risks: Soccer is an error prone sport and mistakes are part of the game and a learning process. Players are encouraged to take risks at the right time in training sessions to increase the speed of play and technical competence the coach must encourage this.
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