UEFA  Football Training -

Drills & Coaching Syllabus

Academy Training and Pre-Trial Conditioning:

Elite Tech Football Academy offer an Elite training Session Plan developed and tested by Premiership and League Academy Coaches. Players registered within our Academy will have the opportunity to live and develop their skills in the UK & Spain for the second half of their development programme's over 21 weeks. Up to 15 hours of advanced Football training Sessions per week will enhance your potential to push you ever closer to your ultimate dream of playing Professional Football.

 

Below are guidelines to what you can expect from our Academy Training Schedules:

SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness)

 

Weekly SAQ training sessions will develop and improve all players’ motor skills with and without a ball by fine tuning individual balance and core strength. Proper warm-ups and cool downs will be taught to insure players have a better understanding of how to prepare themselves for games and training and at the same time how to recover quickly post game. Emphasis will be on plyometrics, speed training drills, agility training, soccer specific conditioning and balance training. Agility ladders, speed hurdles, obstacle courses, weighted balls and much more are available for all sessions.

 

The complete Coaching package includes tuition on the following sessions:

Ball Control:

 

One of the most important football skills a player should practice is to improve the ability to control the ball using any surface that enables the player to instantly make a decision on the next pass or shot. We look to provide training practices that encourage the players to work on and improve their football skills of ball control and turning with the ball. Football skills practices that encourage the players to work on and improve their ball control using a variety of surfaces such as the foot, the thigh, the chest and the head are all related to the football skills the players will require in matches. In addition, the training sessions should also provide lots of different paced and height passes, which again, will test the player’s ball control football skills. Players will also need to develop a variety of football skills that assist them with the ability to turn with the ball, both when receiving passes or to twist and turn out of tight areas or away from opponents.

 

Passing:

 

One of the most fundamental skills of playing football is the ability to pass the ball accurately, with the correct timing and weight of pass. We look to provide lots of different football training drills and sessions to develop a wide range of passing skills. Football training practices that focus on improving passing techniques and skills across a range of distances, along with football training information to develop passing, support and movement should all be part of an ongoing football training programme. Football training sessions that encourage the players to practice and improve the most appropriate passing techniques are vital. Before players can implement the correct passing technique, they will need to receive and control the ball and set it out of their feet, so they can get their head up, assess who they want to pass to and then employ the most appropriate passing technique. Within these football training sessions there should also be a focus on the need for other players to provide support, movement and communication for the player on the ball. Key Factors to improve passing in football training sessions:

  • Create space to receive the ball

  • Cushion the ball out of the feet, to be in a position to make the pass

  • Observe target before passing

  • Select the correct passing technique

  • Approach the ball from the correct angle

  • Strike through the correct part of the ball

  • Use the correct part of the foot

  • Follow kicking foot through to target

  • Move to support the pass or the next player

 

Defence:

 

There are three basic periods of a soccer match, when the team has the ball – attacking, when the team doesn’t have the ball – defending and when the ball is changing hands – the transition period. Defending is hard work. It requires very specific soccer skills from the players. Not only soccer skills regarding pressurizing, jockeying, tackling, cover and support. But communication, team work, concentration, controlled aggression, discipline and the soccer skill of anticipation and reading the game. We have designed lots of defensive soccer skill sessions that make coaching youth soccer easier and more enjoyable. Youth players need to be motivated and involved. We have lots of competitive defensive courses to improve the soccer skills needed in defensive situations which also provide stimulus and enjoyment for youth soccer players.

  • Practice for (1 v 1): (2 V 2): (3 V 3): (4 V 4)

  • Improving defensive shape

  • Recovery runs when defending

  • Delay in defending

  • Pressure when defending

  • When to mark and when to cover

  • Pressure, cover, depth when defending

  • When to pressure and when to drop off

  • Defending crosses

 

Dribbling and Running with Ball:

 

The ability for a player to beat an opponent and create a goal scoring opportunity with a pass or a shot is a priceless skill. Players love to show of their skills by dribbling and running with the ball. Coaches should ensure there are lots of training sessions and football that provide players with the opportunity to develop and improve their dribbling and running with the ball skills. Football Drills to improve dribbling

  • Receiving the ball

  • Positive attitude to dribbling skills

  • Exaggerated shift of weight (trick to dummy opponent)

  • Change of direction opposite way to trick

  • Burst of pace into space

  • Head up to assess options

 

Running with the ball Football Drills and Sessions:

  • Positive first touch into space

  • Run quickly and aggressively

  • Use front of foot when running with the ball

  • Run in a straight line where possible

  • Head up to assess options

 

Goalkeeping:

 

As one of the most important players on the pitch, goalkeepers should where possible receive specialist training. Not every football coach understands how to coach goalkeepers. To assist coaches in training goalkeepers we have designed specialist goalkeeper training to help you develop and coach the fundamental goalkeeping skills. Goalkeepers need to be comfortable and composed with the ball at their feet; they also need agility, anticipation, bravery, technique, strength. Goalkeepers also need to remain focused and concentrating and should have good communication skills. The position of goalkeeper is that of a 'specialist technician' and is arguably the most important position on the pitch; therefore, a great deal of work on individual goalkeeping techniques is required to reach a competent standard. Many people think that goalkeepers are a special breed and a little bit crazy, which is probably true. They are very different than outfield players and do need specialized goalkeeping training. Goalkeeper coaches should look to make goalkeeping training sessions a high tempo with plenty of explosive and powerful movements. It is important that the goalkeeper practices the technique at a speed that simulates match play. Slow goalkeeping practices will develop slow goalkeepers and up-tempo practices will develop fast and explosive goalkeepers. Never sacrifice quality for speed when practicing goalkeeping techniques.

  • Soccer goalkeeping for basic ball handling techniques

  • Football goalkeeping training to develop quick feet movement

  • Goalkeeping training for a range of shot stopping techniques

  • Innovative training for goalkeepers on narrowing the angle

  • Football goalkeeping training skills on dealing with crosses

  • Goalkeeper coaching on working with and supporting the defence

  • Soccer goalie drills to improve kicking and distribution

  • Soccer Goalkeepers drills for goalkeeper agility and fitness

 

Player Skills:

 

Players love to get a ball out and have fun playing soccer. Very often just kicking a ball around with their friends is fun and a learning process. The fact they have to work out for themselves the best way of passing or controlling the ball by having a go themselves, making mistakes and watching and copying other players is a powerful learning medium. Whilst coaching players is still very important UK-Football Academy have looked at and studied the way soccer players learn and improve.

  • Running with the ball – Control the ball into space, get their head up, run quickly with the ball but still be under control

  • Passing the ball – To pass the ball accurately and think about the weight and timing of the pass

  • Dribbling – Dribbling with the head up, manipulating the ball with the front foot and using a change of pace and direction all important when dribbling. The soccer drill competitions are designed to ensure the players have to use all these dribbling skills.

  • Turning – Within the soccer drill competitions for turning with the ball, the players have to learn how to turn when receiving the ball and how to turn with the ball in different directions

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