Skill Development Objectives

These skill development objectives describe the football skills, movements and decisions that we would like our players to be able to perform at the conclusion of the different age group bands.

All players develop at different rates so these objectives should just be viewed as a rough timeline for the football development journey and not as something that must be rigidly adhered to.


Session plans to help prepare effective training sessions and also other useful resources are being developed and will be added to each of the groups of objectives before the start of the 2019 season.

There’ll also be lots of support available from our Coach Development Team, coaching workshops and our Development Academy.

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Start, stop and change direction with the ball
  • Have acquired basic motor skills development (with the ball) including jumping, hopping, skipping, rolling, bending, twisting and reaching

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  Ability to move the ball with the instep, sole and outside of foot
  • Running with the ball whilst maintaining close control and head up
  • Short passing with the instep
  • Receiving on furthest foot (both left and right)
  • Ability to perform a body feint and scissors with both feet

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  Drag pushes instep, drag push laces, Vs, drag backs
  • Running with the ball comfortably on both feet, maintaining close control with head up with the ability to change direction
  • Short passing with outside of foot (wall passes)
  • Passing over longer distances
  • First touch to face forwards and associated movement
  • Ability to execute double scissors, step overs and Cruyff turns on both feet
  • Shooting with laces
  • Heading
  • Basic decision making skills (2 v 1s – pass vs run with the ball)
  • 1 v 1 defending

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  All above skills but with more fluency and proficiency.
  • Longer ball striking
  • Lofted passing with laces
  • First touch to take the ball away from pressure (instep, outside of foot)
  • Movement to receive
  • Running with the ball comfortably on both feet, maintaining close control with head up at greater speeds and change direction
  • Defensive heading
  • More difficult decision making (3 v 2s – pass vs run with the ball; can I play forwards?)
  • 2 v 2 defending

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  All above skills but with more fluency and proficiency.
  • Introduction to the playing style; playing out from the back, controlled possession, combination play, transition both ways, intelligent pressing
  • Crossing
  • Advanced finishing and shooting
  • Marking space vs marking players and when to switch

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  All above skills but with more fluency and proficiency.
  • Further development of the playing style; playing out from the back, controlled possession, combination play, transition both ways, intelligent pressing
  • Introduction to defending in a block (2 banks of 4)
  • Finishing and shooting
  • Movement off the ball

Links to Useful Coaching Resources

MWFA’s Coaches Club

The MWFA has set up an excellent Facebook group to help coaches on the Northern Beaches interact with each other, and share coaching courses, session plans, coaching videos and any other coaching related materials.

Player Development Guide

Coaching in the Discovery Phase

Introduction to Model Training Sessions   Model Training Sessions

Skills Video Library

Program Leader Session Guide   Player Activity Guide

Tip: To have handy notes available for use at training, print out the sessions/drills that you would like to use in your coaching, mark them up with extra notes (eg. after mentoring, course attendance, networking with other coaches) and keep them in individual plastic sheet protectors which can be simply removed for use on the training field.

MWFA’s Coaches Club

The MWFA has set up an excellent Facebook group to help coaches on the Northern Beaches interact with each other, and share coaching courses, session plans, coaching videos and any other coaching related materials.

Player Development Guide

Skill Acquisition Phase Foundations

Skill Acquisition Manual

Introduction to Model Training Sessions   Model Training Sessions

Player Activity Guide

Tip: To have handy notes available for use at training, print out the sessions/drills that you would like to use in your coaching, mark them up with extra notes (eg. after mentoring, course attendance, networking with other coaches) and keep them in individual plastic sheet protectors which can be simply removed for use on the training field.

MWFA’s Coaches Club

The MWFA has set up an excellent Facebook group to help coaches on the Northern Beaches interact with each other, and share coaching courses, session plans, coaching videos and any other coaching related materials.

Player Development Guide

Game Training Phase Objectives

Introduction to Model Training Sessions   Model Training Sessions

Tip: To have handy notes available for use at training, print out the sessions/drills that you would like to use in your coaching, mark them up with extra notes (eg. after mentoring, course attendance, networking with other coaches) and keep them in individual plastic sheet protectors which can be simply removed for use on the training field.

Courses & Workshops

Coaches Workshop – 24 July (U6-W11/U11)

The evening will be presented by MWFA Coaching Director Eugene Lawrenz.  Anyone who has been on one of Eugene’s courses or workshops before will know how informative and entertaining these workshops are.  Full details will follow so keep an eye on your emails and on this page.

Coaching Certification

By attending this workshop those that attended the recent Part 1 of the Skill Acquisition Course at Seaforth will be a step closer to gaining the Skill Acquisition Certificate.  The final part of gaining the certificate can also be simply achieved by contacting the Coach Development Team (see below) for a mentor to help with one of your training session (‘self reflection’).  This is an ideal opportunity to complete and gain the certificate this season.

 

Coaches Workshop – 31 July (W12/U12-W18/U18)

Another evening to be presented by MWFA Coaching Director Eugene Lawrenz.  This will be for coaches of Youth teams W12/U12-W18/U18.  Full details will follow so keep an eye on your emails and on this page.

Coaching Certification

By attending this workshop those that attended the recent Part 1 of the Skill Acquisition Course at Seaforth will be a step closer to gaining the Skill Acquisition Certificate.  The final part of gaining the certificate can also be simply achieved by contacting the Coach Development Team (see below) for a mentor to help with one of your training session (‘self reflection’).  This is an ideal opportunity to complete and gain the certificate this season.

Our "Development Statement"

Seaforth F.C. understands that players develop at different rates and football development can rank anywhere from 1 to 100 on a young player’s priority list.  We want to provide an environment for everyone to improve and enjoy themselves at the same time regardless of age or division.

In terms of football specific goals, our club aims to produce technically proficient, intelligent footballers who’s footballing ability, intelligence and game awareness will be complimented by physical attributes such as strength, speed and size.  We want to create players capable of winning matches with individual brilliance, all the while being able to play in a system that adheres to the Seaforth FC Playing Style Statement.

We also place a high value on the importance of developing the character of the person as well as their playing skills.  We want our coaches to teach and promote respect on and off the pitch towards team-mates, opposition players, referees, coaches, parents, club officials and towards the club as a whole.  This character also ensures players have a strong sense of the meaning of team work as well as discipline and hard work on and off the field.

Our "Playing Style Statement"

Our club’s playing style that we ask all of our coaches from U10 and up to integrate into their coaching is:

  • A proactive brand of football, based on effective possession with the cutting edge provided by creative individuals
  • Defensively the key components are quick transition and intelligent collective pressing
  • A team spirit underpinned by a strong ‘team mentality’