Week 1 Review

The following contains information about the weeks practice. The email will outline the sessions that have been completed and what the players worked on. We have a player centric, proactive curriculum which ensures the players will cover all the necessary mechanics, skill work, and give players a chance to be decision makers and creative players. Through the long-term development from U8 to U19, the players will pass through different stages and priorities as outlined in the program welcome meeting.

While during practice the players will be given the tools they need, if an individual wants to push on with playing at a higher level and performing to the best of their ability, practicing at home will always give them that extra edge, and we can’t encourage enough for those with passion for the sports to practice in their own time. This also avoids unnecessary overtraining of structured practices continuously throughout the week.

ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.
    • Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

10’s to 07’s Competitive Teams

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.
    • Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

06’s to 04’s

  • Preseason team bonding games.
    • Fun soccer specific games, involving challenges with ball movement between groups, and juggling challenges to compete against other teams.
  • Introduction to Fitness
    • Small sided 4v4 games are a tool for challenging players physically, with a short rest period between repeated soccer actions, challenging the player to maintain a high level of performance as fatigue increases. A sample of the Fitness with a Ball session was given to the 06-age group as they enter their first season on the full-sized field, thus avoiding any player burnout and potential injury incidence. Full preseason fitness will begin for this age range during Week 3.

03’s and Older

  • Preseason team bonding games.
    • Fun soccer specific games, involving challenges with ball movement between groups, and juggling challenges to compete against other teams.
  • Fitness with a Ball, Passing
    • Working in groups of four with one ball per group, players release the ball in a pass to then sprint through a gate at the opposite end of the playing area. Upon returning to the playing area that player is again active to be involved in the passing and moving. Progressions involve having a defender from another group put pressure on the decision making of the players with a burpee forfeit for the team of three losing possession to the one defender. As always, a small sided game to finish with conditions to match that of the practice topic, passing. Numbers up game where players have three options to score, encouraging ball movement to switch points of attack to exploit space. Intensity of session continues to be high due to the numerical advantage of the team in possession.
  • Fitness with a Ball, Shooting
    • A timed practice in groups of four covering the full field. Team is given 10 seconds to score from the moment the GK releases the ball. Goal is only scored if strike is taken before the 10 seconds expires. All players must touch the ball. Progressions include gates for each player to pass through, condition of only scoring off a cross, and the target of scoring and then dropping back to the half way line within five seconds of the goal being scored/ attempt at goal being taken.

 

Every session is structured to facilitate all four pillars of the players development, and to include challenges, targets, and competition to get players to push themselves further. We are a program that heavily focuses on the players individual development, and not to get caught up in the race for trophies and excessive travel to unnecessary tournaments. If you ever have any questions about the Fremont YSC philosophy, and the proactive curriculum, we are always available to answer.

More Than Soccer

This weekend an incredible World Cup came to an end, a fantastic tournament of surprise results and shock performances.

During the tournament England’s Fabian Delph welcomed his child in to his life, and a moment of class from Gareth Southgate insisted that Delph return home during the tournament to be with his wife and new born child.

Southgate said: “The thought process is some things in life are more important than football”. His wife is due to go into labor. This is a big tournament, but family is more important. At times like this, players who are family orientated should be supported by us”.

At the biggest soccer tournament in the World, a key player was released for a family moment. This is something we are now seeing that is missing in youth soccer. Tournaments and travel games being more important than moments in a child’s life, missing family events and childhood experiences.

We are all passionate about soccer, and as a club we will do everything we can to support the soccer development of Fremont players, but there must be balance and an environment for kids to develop as human beings.

Kids First, Avoid FOMO

Every year we pull parents in to the office and explain our philosophy, and how we are different by not getting swept up in the crazyness that has become youth sports.

Christian Pulisic is arguably the first US international superstar player, and it’s an incredibly difficult road to get there. But the following segment from 60 Minutes is refreshingly enlightening to know not to get swept up by the travel and the additional individual specialized coaching. Let the kids play, stop jumping from club to club, and them emphasis is on the individual to want to push to be at the highest level. Talent Identification is not identifying teams and championships, it’s about the individual.

Skip ahead to the final part of the program – https://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/nTbhew6uBE1AR_mYgiY3JepJdbUnRPOs/redemption-voyagers-the-young-american/

Being in a free to play creative environment brings out the best in a player. It’s then the players desire and hardwork away from practice that can put them on to a pathway of playing at a high level.

NB: FIFA rules do not allow players under the age of 18 to move countries to play soccer, unless you have dual citizenship or a parent moves for a non-soccer reason.

WC 2018 Finals – Business End

We are now at the crucial stage of the World Cup, the Finals. Wales have politely obliged to let the other countries around the world have a chance of winning and chose not to qualify. So now to make our pick –

Belgium

We love their development program for their players all the way from grassroots to senior…

“It was a massive shift but we believed that 4-3-3, at that moment, was the strongest learning environment for our players,” Browaeys says. “We felt that we had to develop dribbling skills, we said at the heart of our vision was 1v1, the duel. We said when a boy or girl wants to start playing football, you must offer first the dribble, let them play freely.” Belgium Blueprint

… and Lukaku is representing Man Utd with some fantastic performances.

Also a shout out for Sweden! and then Croatia!… whoever England play.

Enjoy the remaining few rounds of the Competition, enjoy it as a fan, embrace the skill on display, and become the creative little players of your idols on display.

Happy 4th

Happy 4th of July to you all. Have a fantastic day with your family and friends, and travel safely.