Academy Curriculum






2. Tactical Topics

Attacking principles/concepts:
- pushing players forward in a 4-4-2
- Attacking in a 4-3-3 system
- free kick and corner kick plays
- making smart runs & staying onside
- keeping possession w/ a purpose
- counter attacking
- direct / route 1 soccer
- changing the pace at the right time

Defending principles/concepts:
- 2v2:  zonal defending principles
- 4 v 4: pressure, cover, balance
- playing an effective flat back 4
- pressing an opponents in midfield
- defending in a 4-5-1 and having fun
- 2 v 3: how to slow down attackers
- 8 v 8: defending as a unit
- defending free kicks & corner kicks
1. Technical Topics

First Touch:
- juggling (creating a comfort zone)
- checking to & receiving balls
- checking to the ball (under pressure)
- turning w/ the ball (under pressure)
- passing (foot, thigh, chest, head)
- shooting (direct, ground, volley)
- crossing (endline & early service)

Dribbling:
- right and left foot
- 3v3 dribble fest (jersey ball)
- beating an opponent
- breakaways

Passing:
- right and left foot
- inside and outside of foot
- chipping and trick passes
- instep drives with either foot

Tackling:
- using your body to get advantagext.
U14 - U18 age groups
Older players must train under pressure in order to play faster
A good first touch is a must if you want to play in college
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