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16U Coaching Guide

Components of the Game for the 16U Age Group*

Tactics: Should be developing the ability to adapt tactics during the flow of play and key players should be able to dictate the rhythm of the game. Practice playing on, around and away from the ball with purpose, group tactics, the role of the 3rd attacker, principles of attack and defense, diagonal passing, dribbling and off-the-ball runs, wing play, overlapping runs, defending in the midfield and attacking thirds, all possible set plays, match analysis and switching the point of attack. For goalkeepers: command out to the penalty spot, initiate the attack, provide support on the attack to the fullbacks, recognize pressure on and off the ball and team organization when defending against free kicks

Psychology: personal accountability, drive, courage, sacrifice in order to achieve one’s best, sportsmanship, parental involvement, how to play, emotional management and communication

Fitness: power, vertical jump, body composition, plyometric exercise, soccer-specific weight training, interval training, S.A.I.D. principle, recovery exercise and time off for rest, agility training with and without the ball, range of motion exercises especially during the warm-up and cool-down must include static stretching as well as light movement and proper nutrition and hydration

Technique: Chipping to score and airborne kicking: forward volley, scissors volley and bicycle kick. For the goalkeeper: backwards diving, saving the breakaway, all forms of distribution, narrowing the angle and improve reaction saves.

*Please note that the components of the game are in a priority order for this age group.

 Typical 16U Training Session

• Approximately 90 minutes
• Warm-up, small group activities, range of motion stretching -approximately 15 minutes-
• Use large group activities (six to eight players)
• Introduce team activities (eight to 11 players)
• Continue with directional games - Play to targets and/or zones - Intersperse functional training -approximately 30 minutes-
• Conclude with small-sided games or 11v11 -approximately 35 minutes-
• Finish with cool-down activity, including static stretching -approximately 10 minutes-
• All activities should be challenging, motivating and involve transition

Encourage players to watch high level soccer in person and on television.  When players watch matches, they should focus on the players in the positions they play

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