Training Tips

Murrays training tips

25 Mar 2019

Hints and tips for coaches and managers

Hello everyone, 

It’s Murray your Technical Director,
At the recent coaches and managers meeting, I mentioned that I would be providing some links on the website to assist coaches of junior teams with planning their weekly training sessions.
The below link to the FIFA website will provide you with some great drills for planning your training via easy to watch video demonstrations. I recommend you watch a few videos and then build out a training schedule tailored to your team, focusing on the fundamentals and including areas that you believe the team needs to build capability.

The FIFA site provides great example drills for the following scenarios:
1.    Passing and controlling the ball
2.    Shooting
3.    Passing, controlling and dribbling
4.    Game Formats

Structuring your team’s training:

It is important that kids learn the basic skills from an early age and have fun along the way. This is where as an organised coach you can start the journey with the kids. To assist you further, I’ve put together a simple training plan to help you make the most of your training time. As most coaches train in one-hour blocks I have worked to this timeframe in the example below.

Proposed Training Program U6 to U11

Prior to training, say Sunday afternoon or during downtime such as on the train on your way to or from work, take a look at FIFA training videos and select a few to focus on during your training session.

Training Night:

Try and get there 10 minutes early to set up. Using the cones supplied in your training gear bag, set up your first couple of drills/exercises from the “passing, controlling and dribbling” demos you watched ahead of time. 
  • Warmup (5-10 minutes depending on age) - Warm the kids up for the first 5 minutes with star jumps and some running 
  • Training drills (35 mins) - Plan in advance which drills from the 17 demos “passing, controlling and dribbling” exercises etc.– Try and set up the next exercise while the kids are still performing the exercise. This will ensure the kids are not hanging around waiting for you to set up.
  • Shooting (5 / 10 minutes) - No goalkeeper required. The kids will learn to run at the goals and shoot. As you progress, the exercises under “shooting” start to develop to pass before you shoot. Make sure the kids have their own ball and they collect it each time they shoot to restart the drill.
  • A game (10 to 15 minutes) – Choose from the game formats again goalkeeper optional. This will incorporate the skills learned in the session. Don’t be scared to stop the game and explain where something was done incorrectly, but if you prefer to keep the game flowing remember to talk about it at the end of the game.
  • Ending the session – Make sure all the kids Hi-5 each other shake your hand at the completion of the training. The kids should also help with the pack up.
Key tip: Know what you are doing before you turn up as the hour will pass very quickly and both you and the kids will enjoy training far more if you are prepared. Whistles have been included in the gear bags so don’t be afraid to use them during training. They are a great way to get the kids attention and keep control.
There is a lot of great stuff on this web link so have a browse and in no time you will be delivering great results for your team.



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