The process how to play soccer depends largely on practice. Soccer is learned by playing and the time children spend playing the game is important for their soccer development. Time is probably enemy number one as far as learning to play soccer is concerned .Increase competition from other pastimes IE. other sports , computer games television has an adverse effect in this code. Today however soccer activities usually have to be squeezed into 1 or 2 hours of training each week at the local club with games and drills which are planned stared and stopped by the coach. A positive approach is needed and a high range quality soccer activities training sessions and matches must be provided.
It is important to realize we need to know how children develop and what coaching targets can be set for different age groups The Dutch soccer association technical staff carried out a theoretical and practical study and one of the major question asked.
“’What is soccer exactly?” “’What sets it apart from other codes?” and what ingredients can we identify?’ This analysis provides us with a basis for pinpointing the aspects which need to be emphasized at the different stages of a youngster’s soccer education.
At what age and at what stage of the child’s development should the various aspects of the game be presented? What should take priority and what are the phases of a child’s soccer learning process
In order to accelerate the process the game needs to be simplified Basic games referred to as small sided and competitive games form the framework for the learning process and extremely important in the education of young players today.
The quality of coaching in these basic games is a crucial factor in the education and development of players.
Demands on Coach
Points for consideration
Clubs need a lot of people with soccer experience and insight. Lack of soccer back ground is a problem more over anyone involved in youth coaching should follow a specialize youth coaching course. During training sessions with children the coach should be able to empathize with the way the children experience these small sided and competitive games. These simplified games reveals character, skills and shortcomings.
Basic games are simplified soccer situations (small-sided and competitive games). If the club is in a youth soccer league the weekly match allows the children to demonstrate what they have learned.
This sense the match is a test of course the match is also important means of promoting the children’s soccer development. Apart from the experience the weekly match is an important moment in the learning process. Depending on the children level of soccer development a coach can emphasis particular aspects of the game.
The way in which the coach uses the match is important .At the very least the match should be geared to the children’s ability to learn and understand (games of 4 against 4 and 7 against 7).
Coach Babes Govender
SAFA ACCREDITED COACH
Durban Africa Sports Club, Executive members, BABES GOVENDER