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11v11 Play Format lesson plans

11v11 Play Format

These training sessions follow the Play-Practice-Play methodology. They alternate between Attacking and Defending in the various thirds of the field.

Fall 2018

Week 1    Week 2    Week 3    Week 4    Week 5    Week 6    Week 7    Week 8    Week 9    Week 10    Week 11    Week 12

In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the 13U+ player:

  • The more advanced U-14 players are able to execute the range of skills, but most others are still developing previously taught skills and are now being exposed to these additional skills
  • Important psychosocial implications for a child entering puberty – early or late 
  • Popularity influences self-esteem
  • Tests limits - a know-it-all attitude 
  • Fertile period to learn – full of eagerness
  • Tend to be quite self-critical and may need regular positive reinforcement
  • Bodies are going through physical changes that affect personal appearance
  • There will be significant differences in physical maturation rates between individuals
  • Rapid growth spurts of the skeleton leave ligaments, tendons and muscles catching up, so coordination and balance are astray. Temporary gangly movement may result in a loss of touch on the ball. Players do not always make the connection between their growth spurt and the temporary loss of form; they need help realizing that everything will come back into synch in six to 18 months.