XL SOCCER COACHING PHILOSOPHY

 

Mission Statement

Providing a fun, safe and nurturing environment where kids acquire the skills and knowledge they need to successfully participate in the game of soccer.  We believe that a child who goes through our program will become a well-rounded soccer player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johan Cryuff

 

Player development philosophy

How Belgium went from #66 to #1 in The World Rankings

  • Ranked #66, the youth system focus was winning at all cost

  • Unrecognizable playing system from youth to pro

  • In 2000 they reevaluate and do a complete system overhaul

Frank Dick, national team coach for many sports and many nations

  • Winning is being better today than you were yesterday, every day

All of us at XL Sports World believe that well-rounded soccer players not only possess solid skills on the ball but also have a good understanding of how to integrate themselves within the framework of a team when off the ball. As coaches, we are less focused on the score of the games and are more concerned about the team and individual players ability to make good decisions on and off the ball - to move and support each other and to control and pass the ball rather than to kick it with all their might every time they touch it.

 

Learning to control the pace and rhythm of the game as a team, through ball possession and passing, is integral to our program at XL Sports World. The kids will learn that the other team cannot score when our team maintains possession of the ball.

Coaching methodology

Observation, orientation, decision, action (OODA) loop

  • Guide players down the path of observing, analyzing / synthesizing, hypothesizing and testing

  • Only shouting actions robs players from becoming proficient at the first three steps

Robert Bjork - the benefits of interleaving practice

  • You look better during blocked practice, but you learn better during interleaved practice

The Benefits of Interleaved Practice, Dr. Doug Rohrer

  • Interleave for durable, long-lasting learning

Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets

  • Praise hard work not so called natural ability

Professor Keith Davids

  • Use field markings instead of cones

Liverpool FC’s Martin Diggle

  • Use the game as a teacher

AZ Alkmaar's Marijn Beuker

  • Interleave to avoid autopilot and maximize engagement

Training session template

Create rules that encourage certain outcomes but do not take away any part of the game (this preserves interleaved training or repetition through variation)

  • Examples of rules that take away parts of the game

    • Two touches max

    • Must finish with one touch

  • Examples of rules that do not take away parts of the game

    • 5 passes is a point

    • One touch goals are worth two points

    • Interceptions are worth one point (encourages more dribbling but doesn’t take away passing)

 

Format

  • 20 minutes passing freeze tag

    • Can cover most topics with this one game

  • 20 minutes focusing on a topic

    • Can jump straight into scrimmages or can isolate skills in a drill

  • 20 minutes scrimmage

 

Weekly development plan

  • Week 1: Dribbling

  • Week 2: Passing

  • Week 3: Turning

  • Week 4: Shooting

  • Week 5: Defending

  • Week 6: Games

  • Week 7: Games

  • Week 8: Games

Game template

Formation

  • 2-1-2

    • 1 goalkeeper (goalkeeper is not included in the numbers because there is always only one goalkeeper, no matter the formation)

    • 2 defenders​

    • 1 central midfielder

    • 2 attackers

Positions

  • Players will play in each position most games

  • Goalkeeper is voluntary, if no one volunteers then we rotate players in goal for 10 minutes each

  • We put players in each position so that players are able to adapt and perform no matter the scenario

Kickoff

  • Face your teammates and pass to the player with the most space

Half-time

  • Ask the players what they liked and did not like about the game

  • Then guide them to solutions and add anything you want to cover that they did not mention

Tackling

  • There is no sliding allowed in indoor soccer

  • We teach players to win the ball with a pull back to fully gain control of the ball with skill and grace

Goalkeeper

  • Goalkeepers are not required to stay in front of a hard shot - they can move out of the way

  • A goalkeeper sitting in their box gives the attackers an invitation to come and shoot on their goal

  • Instead, we encourage goalkeepers to come out of their box and use their skills like a field player

  • When goalkeepers win the ball outside of the box their team can keep the ball in the attacking half

  • When a goalkeeper misses a tackle outside of their box they can always run back and recover

  • When a goalkeeper is in their box and they miss the ball they usually don't have a chance to recover

  • Goalkeepers can see all of the players - the whole picture - making them a great passing option

  • Whenever a goalkeeper has the ball in their box they should make sure they have both of their defenders all the way in the corners for easy passing options - this gives everyone more space to receive a pass

Parent Guidelines

Please be respectful of spectators, players, coaches and officials - whether you are here to support your child, play a match with your team or learn to play, remember that everyone is here to do his or her best and have fun.

 

Parents please remember:

  • Let the coaches do the coaching

  • Provide positive support

  • Kids make mistakes

  • Most players are here to learn and get better at playing soccer

  • Without an opponent to play against, there would be no match

  • The person you may be shouting at is someone else’s son/daughter

  • The referee is facilitating the match and does not care about which team wins

 

Coaches please remember:

  • The fun and learning in a match comes from the challenge the opponent provides; thus, it is OK  to even out a lopsided match by giving one’s team a pass rule or to play with fewer players on the field.