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U19+ - 'Training to Win'

U19+ -  11v11
Goalkeepers - YES        
Throw-ins – YES            
Offside - YES            
Game Time: 2x45 mins


Things to consider:

As coaches we progress into the 'Training to Win phase', our focus switches to developing the art of winning. Winning at all ages is important, however when we enter the realm of Collegiate, Professional or even International soccer, coaches are often judged by their successes on the field of play. In the philosophy below, I have discussed certain areas of focus for the Training to win phase.​ We continue to focus on developing winners through a growth mindset. We encourage players to express themselves, accept challenges and continue to develop their personal character.

Developmental focus: ‘Training to Win'


1) Tactical - 50% – Requirement. Enforce position specific training and formations/ways to play is needed

2) Psychological - 30% – An important requirement – challenging players to think/mentally engage with soccer related concepts

3) Technical - 15% – Challenge the players to master the ball individually/collectively. Focus should be on ball mastery skills and retention. Passing/receiving/heading. Allow the kids time to play with players in their positions (functional training)
4) Physical - 5% -  Keep the players moving, active and engaged as much  as possible
5) Social - 0%– Make it fun, enjoyable and continue to develop the ‘love-affair’ environment for the players

U19 : Team Tactics (The unit, the function, the team + The opposition unit, function and team)

As players maximize their technique and passing range, their tactical vision continues to expand. Players are accustomed to the 11v11 environment and should be able to manipulate a contemporary style of play on a regular basis, both in training and games.

Teams will look to keep possession for long periods.


Tom's Recommendations:


  1. Train three/four times per week (75-120 mins) with focus on ‘Whole Group’

  2. Complete 5 evaluations per player/ per season

  3. Play a contemporary style - See personal philosophy

*The above information combines theories and ideologies of the NSCAA Player Development Plan & LTAD* 

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