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 Spring 2019 - Player Development and Goalkeeper Training

Session Schedule
Age Group

April 17, 24

Players U8 - U10

5:00 - 6:15 PM

Players U11 & Older

6:15 - 7:30 PM

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

Players U8 - U10

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Players U11 & Older

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Session Topics

April 17

Surfaces – Incorporating all parts of the foot on their own, and then in combination with others

May 15

Turns – Change of direction with the ball to turn away from defender or to face the defender in order to attack them one v one

April 24

Moves – Simple but effective techniques used in attacking one v one situations

May 22

Passing and Receiving  - Basic passing technique combined with use of different surfaces to receive ball

May 1

Speed Dribbling – Combining techniques of Surfaces and Moves at speed

May 29

Ball Striking – Basic ball striking technique

May 8

V’s – Movement of ball in v-shape to change direction or create space in preparation for next movement

June 5

Ball Striking/Shooting – Use of ball striking technique in combination with other ball movements

Player Development and Goalkeeper Training Objective
To provide weekly individual technical training sessions for both field players and goalkeepers.

To be conducted by professional trainers from the Total Soccer Academy, training for field players will have an emphasis on the development of footskills and using various surfaces of the feet to maintain possession, change directions, evade defenders, etc.  Additionally, each session will include a separate goalkeeper group focusing on specialized training that is often not addressed in the typical team training session.


ON THE FIELD, sessions will consist of an active warm-up and technical skills introduction / practice to be followed by a progression of small-sided activities and games designed to encourage the player's application of technical skills.


Each week, goalkeepers will be introduced to small-sided activities and games with field players emulating game-like conditions.


Players are split up into two age groups 8-10 and 11 & older to facilitate training in the most age/ability appropriate settings.


Please have players to sessions 5 minutes early and be sure to bring water.


Players need to bring a ball and are required to wear shin guards.


Conditions permitting, all sessions will take place on field #2 at Washington Crossing State Park.