The USSF License 'D' course is divided into two weekends, below are sessions I've designed as part of the required preparation work during the first weekend March 20-22, 2015 and for the final evaluation June 26-28th, 2015. Further down this page you can download each individual Stage of these sessions which have much more detail about running each one.
Periodization is the systematic planning of athletic or physical training.
Conditioning programs can use periodization to break up the training program into the off-season, preseason, in-season, and the postseason. Periodization divides the year round condition program into phases of training which focus on different goals.
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|6sec - 30sec
|30sec - 2min
|2min - 3min
|3min - 30min
A key consideration is the fitness level of your team/individuals. Example: 30sec of high intensity activity with 30sec recovery is very demanding and requires a high fitness level. Intense activities require a longer rest interval in order to recover and thus maintain quality performance and execution. Be attentive to physical signs of fatigue and adjust.
Duration = Intervals * (Activity Time + Recovery Time)
Key Coaching Tips
Half field (80 x 50 yards). Layout 3 vertical lines of cones about 25 yards out from the goal line. Blue represents the back 4 (positions 2,3,4,5). Red attackers line up along either touch line. Full sized goal and 1 goalkeeper (optional). 6-12 soccer balls, and 8-12 players or more. Zonal defense in the top half track the attackers movement and pass-on responsibility.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
Improve the goalkeepers shot stopping and diving skills. Start with a goalkeepers warm-up, ball catching and throwing then transition into shooting from off the foot. Provide a variety of shot stopping activities from the ground up towards and over the head. Work on ball distribution using the hands and 3 different throwing techniques: (1) under arm bowl, (2) javelin throw, and (3) over arm bowl. Finish the session with a high paced close range 2 v 2 game where the goalkeepers will face a variety of different shots frequently during the game.
20 x 20 yard area with 1 full sized goal. 3-4 soccer balls (more is better), goalkeeper gloves and 2-4 players.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
40 x 40 yard area with 2 full sized goals at each end. 2 goalkeepers and 6-12 field players who can shoot. Have as many soccer balls on hand as possible and make sure they are inflated and not under-inflated.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
30 x 30 yard area with 2 full sized goals. At least 6 soccer balls (more is better). 2 goalkeepers and 8-12 field players. Game is played 2 v 2 with 2 goalkeepers.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
What are the roles of the players?
Read the Game: How is the other team playing? (slow, fast, quick counter attacks)
Use the USSF positional numbering system versus Left Back etc...
Encourage attacking and shooting but have basic defensive capabilities.
For Stage IV always play with even number (NO numbers up, NO neutral players)
When passing try and bypass a teammate in order to penetrate faster.
Make a trip to see the L.A. Galaxy play and while there checkout a United States U15 or other mens national team game. U.S. Under 15 Boys National Team (U15-BNT)
For Stage III always have 2 goals, in other words a counter attack goal (cones, pugg, or full size, anything will do)
Practice soccer at least 2 days per week with your team and cross train in another sport to prevent overuse injuries. If you want to practice more than 2 days that's okay but it should be low intensity individual practice in other words technical practice.
Drink lots of water to prevent injuries, only water, other drinks don't count.
Match game heart rate should be around 150-190bpm (pro level). Check into the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test (LIST). The Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test, also known as the LIST, is a running test that includes jogging, running and sprinting, designed to simulate the physiological demands of soccer matches (Nicholas et al. 2000).
No weight lift training until at least age 14, even at that age just using the players own "body weight" is good enough.
A technical training session is usually considered a "Recovery Day", don't forget extra stretching and lots of water.
Double rostering players is not a good idea, officially USSF recommends 72 hours of recovery after playing a full match.
Light easy jogging the day after a match is fine but no sprinting, some coaches believe this may reduced lactic acid after an intense match.
Always go for quality over quantity.
If players don't have good technical abilities then it is sort of pointless to train speed, endurance, strength, and tactics.
If your kid is good enough to get into the L.A. Galaxy academy the program is totally free.
Problem with Hawaii is the mainland has better competition. Players need good coaching but it's just as important developing players have good competition which demands they grow and become better themselves. In other words competition makes players better.
Before a game you should arrive on-time for a 1 hour warm-up.
Make practice competitive, use game related activities to promote competition among players during practice.
You learn more by losing than when you win.
Make your players "believe", get them to buy in.
Players in the back should coach the players in front of them and so on.
Ages 9-14 should be primarily focused on technical development and 1 v 1 duals.
Each practice session should contain "Functional Training" in other words reality based training that simulate game pace and pressure. Use conditions and restrictions to create different game scenarios.
1st Defender has to be disruptive, go in quick but don't over run, take long strides to reach the opponent with the ball, but slow down with short choppy steps as you close in and establish your body position to pocket the opponent into an area. Get close enough to make the ball carrier put his/her head down.
Defenders, recognize the attackers weak leg and force them to play with it.
Defenders, recognize when to go, move, stop, arrive... (terminology, slide, tuck-in)
Goalkeepers have to be vocal, barking orders to teammates (defenders)
Contact George before taking 'C' license
Watch videos of the U15 boys national team so you know what that level of play looks like.
Checkout the Real Salt Lake academy program
Pair players together to the know each other so well they can make "no look" passes
Don't be to negative, push the envelope but be human and keep it fun, and fair.
USMNT - 15k to sit on the bench per game/per player
Don't give up on kids you coach, you never know where the next star player will come from. Lookup Bobby Wood from Kauai
Be yourself when you coach your session, play to your strengths, coach player to their strengths.
If you see mistakes don't be afraid to coach the player, but should be relevant to the topic.
"Support" means in front and behind the ball.
Take video of your players and show them.
Young women (high school) try a 3-4-3 formation/system and high-press the opponent, that is if the opponent doesn't have the ability to kick a long ball and you have 3 really fast defenders in the back.