The Game Training Phase (U13 – U17)

Phase Overview

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.

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Model Sessions

Game Training Phase Sessions

About the Game Training Phase

Game Training Phase sessions consist of 4 components: Warm up, Positioning Game, Game Training, Training Game.

The coach must also be mindful of the Growth Spurt. Players going through this stage of maturation will have varying energy levels and are injury-prone. Proper managing of training loads to avoid over-training is essential.

Therefore we consider 3 sessions of 75-90 minutes and one game a maximum safe weekly work load, with the following session planning guidelines:

Welcome/explanation: 5 minutes

Warm Up: 15-20 minutes

Positioning Games: 20 minutes

Game Training component: 25-30 minutes

Training Game: 20-25 minutes

Warm Down/wrap up 5-10 minutes

The Main ‘Trainable’ Themes

In possession of the ball (BP):

•       Playing out from the back
•       Midfield play
•       Attacking

When the opponent is in possession of the ball (BPO):

•       Disturbing/pressuring
•       Defending/recapturing the ball

Transitioning (BP>BPO and BPO>BP)

•        Team and player actions when we lose the ball
•        Team and player actions when we win the ball

Game Training Phase Training Program

In this section you will find a 12 week program that is best viewed as two separate example 6 week cycles. You will notice that each session focuses on a particular trainable theme e.g. Ball Possession (BP). In the program, the first 6 week cycle gives more importance to your team training for when they have the ball (Ball Possession), while the second 6 week cycle focuses across a number of different themes. Creative coaches who understand the philosophy will be able to design 6-week cycles and a season plan that suits their team best.

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