Junior Training Session Guide

Terry Hayes – Senior Coach/Player

I would love some feedback on this. If you feel it is useful I will be more than happy to keep on providing this. There are other areas like formation etc. that if you would like some ideas I would be more than happy to help. If you would to organise for me to take a session or would just like to talk over this feel free to call me on 0499 221 201. Good luck.

Sorry this has taken a bit longer to get to than I hoped. As mentioned at the meeting I have put together a session plan for the junior coaches to follow. It may not suit all, however I think it gives you a 5 step plan to work against when organising a session. There are other areas that need to be added along the way, however I think this is a good start before adding some of the more technical parts. Let’s see how you go with this session and then if you want more from me I am happy to go into more detail.this space to say what makes your service special.

I have added some video links for each segment as examples. As always feel free to change to what suits you. You don’t always have to do it the exact same way as the video. For me I get ideas and change it to how I think it works best for the group I am training at the time. Hope this helps.

Session Plan

  1. Warm Up – 10 mins
  2. Ball Drills – 10 mins
  3. Small Side Games – 15 mins
  4. Shooting – 10 mins
  5. Game – 15 mins
  6. Warm Down – 5 mins

1 – Warm Up

For the ages up to and including under 12s, I would make it a fun warm. Ball at feet on the move. The one thing that I would add is that I would getting them to concentrate while controlling the ball is getting them to lift their heads. You want your players to have vision of what’s going on around them and not wanting them looking at the ground.

For the 14s and 16s, I would be getting them to more of a stretching warm up. You could include the drill above after they have done their stretches. I would also modify this to involve some ball work through the cones etc.

2 – Ball Drills

For the younger players again I would keep it simple. Inside foot passing short and middle distance, volleys and headers. These are basic skills that I find they struggle at coming into seniors. If we can get them doing this regularly at a young age it will hold them in a lot better position once they his seniors or even higher junior grades in the Federation. The first 5 or 6 on this video a re fairly basic and a good start. For the more advanced push them with some of the drills towards the back of the video.

For the older kids I would do it 2 parts. Use the example above for a bit but then also test them as per link below. Again these are basic parts of the game that are vital for them going forward.

3 – Small Sided Game

Small sided games are exactly that. 4 v 4, 5 v 5 (depending on numbers) etc in small areas. For the younger guys I would cram them in a 10 x 10 or 15 x 15 square and keep them to a minimum touch. Usually with seniors it would be 2 touch then you have to pass. However, I would maybe make the limit 5 to start with the juniors. Cut the passes down at your own discretion when you think they are ready. I would also usually would not do it with goals, but with juniors maybe add some small goals to keep them interested.

For the older kids I would change it a bit. I would set up a 20 x 20 square and have 3 teams. 4 v 4 v 4 or 5 v 5 v 5 (Whatever works for numbers you have) I would set one team up around the square (One player on each side) Then have 2 x teams playing each other in the square. The team with the ball can pass to the outside players. I would be limiting all touches to 3. Swap outside team ever 2 -3 mins. Look at the video below. However just with one team on the outside not 2.

4- Shooting Drill

I think this is really important. To many times kids are taught to just blaze away. Facts are that can come at a later date when they are getting older and have more power. What can be taught now however is placement. I think its really important with shooting to get them working on where they place the ball. This also allows the keeper to be able to work on his craft as balls are on target and not flying everywhere. Please see a few examples below.

On this one go to 1.24 to see the drills. I would change it by putting a goal keeper in the big goals, but I think this a really good starting point for the youngsters.

For the older juniors I would go with something like this. Again you can improvise and make it suit what you want to get out of it.

5 – Game

I would play a game at the end. Take notes from what you think you may need improvement on from Saturday’s game and use this time to iron it out. You can do this with normal size goals or small. I would use half a pitch. Whatever you think will suit the size of the group.

The video below is some basic skills you can give your players to take home and practice on their own.