Division 2 Coaching

The aim of this division is to reinforce the techniques introduced at D1 and further present new fundamental techniques in a FUN way that challenges the players but does not overwhelm.

Players are divided into age and gender specific teams that will play one game per week through an 8 week season in both the Fall and the Spring. Each team is expected to practice at least once per week and players are also given opportunities to participate in professional training throughout the year.

Division 2 players are also encouraged to participate in the club academy program.

The basics of the following techniques have been previously introduced, and now a much higher degree of technical mastery in these skills will be sought:

- Dribbling
- Individual Moves I.e. Pull back or L Turn
- Juggling
- Short Passing

Besides reinforcing these techniques, the following additionally be covered:

- Ball Control
- Possession Related work
- Attacking
- Defending
- Instep striking

These techniques have been selected because research shows that these are the areas that young players can learn and more importantly, enjoy learning.

The emphasis of the work with Division 2 is focused firmly upon increasing the challenge to each individual player in a manner which still leaves them excited about playing. With this in mind, the following guidelines should be followed:

Age - 7, 8, and 9
Max Sessions per week - 2
Duration of Sessions - 1 hour
Type of Game - 7vs7 with goalkeeper
Length of Game - 50 minutes total

Coaching Guidelines

The guidelines below can be used as "golden rules" which will help you run your games and practices in a developmentally appropriate manor.

1. Players learn best when touching a ball. Try to give the players as much active time with the ball as possible.

2. Juggling and Dribbling type moves should be part of every session you do.

3. Do not use practices that involve the players standing in a line.

4. Play scrimmages that are as close to the recommended guidelines as possible. Ideally 3vs3 or 4vs4 with a goalkeeper.

5. Try to finish the practice on a positive point and when the children are having tremendous fun

6. Try to use language that encourages participation from all players (The hardest working player wins), rather than encouraging participation from a select, gifted few (The first player to .... Wins)

7. Although they are young, they need and respect discipline. Carefully select your teaching style and your guidelines for behavior and then be firm with what you will and will not accept.

For assistance in planning an appropriate D2 coaching session, please view / download the division 2 curriculum (PDF).

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