The Game Training Phase – U14 – U17:
The Football Federation Australia links below provide some great material to give you an overview of what you can expect for this age group.
The Game Training Phase has two main objectives:
- Preparing players for senior football by teaching them to apply functional game skills in a team setting using 1-4-3-3 as the preferred formation
- Developing tactical awareness, perception and decision-making through a game-related approach to training.
For coaches and parents:
The most important aspect of this age bracket is the fact that these players are in (or entering into) the puberty phase which is a phase of radical mental and physical changes.
Huge changes in the hormonal system cause confusion while the physical changes can also unsettle the youngsters. Physically they may sometimes suddenly look like adults but mentally they often are still children, something that may also confuse coaches. Another aspect for coaches to consider is that in general, girls enter the puberty phase slightly earlier than boys.
You might also like to consider reviewing this: https://www.grassrootscoaching.com/15-things-a-football-parent-should-consider-carefully/
For the coaches
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