Stages of development and characteristics

Children aged 6-8
Children aged 9-10
Children aged 11-12
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Children’s characteristics

  • Fragile, developing quickly, difficulties with coordination
  • Short attention and concentration spans
  • Excellent facility for imitation (visual memory)
  • Likes playing, plays for him/herself, egocentrism
  • Enjoyment of the game

 

Just a child

Training content

  • Basic football technique, coordination exercises
  • Introductory games, getting used to the ball
  • Small-sided games: 4 v 4 and 5 v 5 matches
  • Alternating matches, introductory games and exercises
  • Balanced groups or teams

 

Playing, enjoying

The coach-educator’s role

  • Supervises games, reassures and motivates
  • Demonstrates the exercises
  • Simple, expressive language
  • Limited intervention / letting the children play
  • Teaching by encouragement

 

Having fun through football

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Children’s characteristics

  • Improved speed, endurance and strength
  • Improved coordination
  • Good visual memory
  • Good self-confidence
  • Discussion skills
  • A hunger to learn and discover
  • Collective spirit

 

A child in a team of friends

Training content

  • Basic techniques (the basics of football)
  • Basic team organisation
  • Speed, energy, reaction, coordination
  • Training games
  • Small-sided games: 5 v 5, 7 v 7 (depending on the level of the children)
  • Alternating matches, training games, exercises
  • Balanced groups or teams

 
Playing, discovering, experimenting

The Coach-educator’s role

  • Methodology, teaching techniques
  • Emotional and technical leadership
  • Organisational and communication skills
  • Establishing team spirit
  • General knowledge of football
  • Demonstration, implementation, correction
  • Teaching by encouragement

 

Learning by playing

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Children’s characteristics

  • Significant physical changes
  • Better balance, better coordination
  • Improved visual and aural memory
  • Critical faculties, discussion skills
  • Improved attention
  • A hunger to learn
  • Assertiveness
  • Development of the competitive spirit
  • Team spirit

 

A player in the team

Training content

  • Speed, energy and reaction
  • Coordination
  • Basic techniques (the basics of football)
  • Basic team organisation (3-2-3)
  • The general principles of play and motivation
  • Control of space and movement
  • Small-sided games: 5 v 5, 7 v 7, 9 v 9 (depending on the level of the children)
  • Promoting creativity
  • Encouraging individuals to take initiative


Playing and taking part

The coach-educator’s role

  • Methodology and teaching techniques
  • Establishing a group spirit
  • Quality of behaviour
  • Knowledge of football
  • Technical language
  • Teaching through play
  • Motivating the team
  • Demonstration, implementation, correction
  • Teaching by encouragement

 

A footballer in a team