Learn to Train

Stage 3: Learn to Train

U8 to U11 Female
U9 to U12 Male

"The Golden Age of Learning"

Learn To Train

The effect of the role-model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams, and they want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing.”Players move from self-centered to self-critical, and they have a high arousal level during basic skills training.

This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning.

Physical– This is an optimal window for trainability of speed, flexibility and skills.

Technical– Building a greater repertoire of soccer
related movements; technical skills are developed in training and within the context of basic soccer games.

Tactical– Developing environment awareness and encouraging decision making –
simple combinations, marking and running into space.

Mental– Golden age of learning; intrinsic motivation is developed by the Fun and
Enjoyment that foster desire to play; imagination, creativity, increased demands,