The Fremont YSC curriculum is age appropriate from its U4 beginning, through till the end at U19. This approach to long term development enables the player to develop all areas of their game through social, physical, technical, and tactical development. The development of the player is worked on by enhancing the process, these being soccer actions. At each coaching moment one of any of the following is improved, the position, moment, direction, and speed.
One session which was introduced to the curriculum 2 years ago, focuses on the phase of play, Game Build Up.
The session gives the players a challenge of transferring the ball from side of the grid to the other, using players around him to support, and with the pressure of 2 defenders in the same playing area. Important coaching points to be used during the session include –
- Create and use space
- Play between the lines and through seems
- Getting open (losing the defender)
- Numerical superiority
This practice is introduced in the U9 curriculum and remains in the curriculum through till U19, while additional coaching methodologies of phase play, functional play, and coaching in the game. At a recent coaching education opportunity with the Earthquakes Academy, we came to learn that the practice as of this season has also been introduced to their practices following their own educational trip to France. While providing an environment for players to enjoy their time playing soccer, encouraging players to make mistakes and try new skills, we will always have the players long term soccer development at the forefront of our curriculum.