The players should have as much active time with the ball as possible.
Players should not be in practices that involve standing in a line.
Each practice should end when the players are having fun and the session targets have
Juggling and dribbling type moves should be part of every session.
Although the players are young they need to respect discipline. Coaches will carefully
select their teaching style and guidelines for behavior.
Coaches will carefully select the language they use when communicating with the young
players. For example by saying “The one who works the hardest will be my catcher” the coach effectively invite all players (regardless of ability) to participate in the game. Alternatively the phrase “The first one to do...” will invite only the gifted few, At all times, the coach will try to use language that invites all, excites all and alienates no one.
Coaches are asked to use body language that helps express their enthusiasm that they have for the practice they are running. The coaches will avoid towering over the players, and get down to the players level to become part of their world.
The ERU In House First Grade program is a modern program that encourages problem solving, risk taking, thinking, and creativity.
FIRST GRADE SCHEME OF WORK (Technical)
Individual Ball Work
Dribbling & Superskills
Passing Inside of the foot left and right
Creativity, fake before you receive etc
1v1 attacking and defending
Passing and Introduction to defending
FIRST GRADE SCHEME OF WORK (Tactical)
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Positioning covering (Spacial Awareness)
One v One Attacking and Defending
Two v One Attacking and Defending
POSSESSION TAUGHT IN 4V1 AND 3V1 SITUATIONS
Winning the ball back Individual tactics
Learning how to play different positions
Learning how to make and the fundamentals of defending
Learning soccer terms
Introduction to set plays (Kick Offs, Goal kicks, Corners, and Throw Ins)
FIRST GRADE SCHEME OF WORK WEEKLY BREAK DOWN
Week 1 - Dribbling, Moves and 1v1
Week 2 - First Touch
Week 3 - First Touch
Week 4 – Short Passing and Control
Week 5 – Possession
Week 6 – Possession
Week 7 – Instep Striking
Week 8 – The Whole Picture
FIRST GRADE GAME TIME AND STRUCTURE
All the games within the First Grade program will be 4v4 without goalkeepers. Duration to be 50 mins ( 2 periods of 25 mins). The following adjustments to the rules will be made.
Pass in – instead of Throw in (First four weeks)
On any goal kick, the defending team (the one without the ball) should fall back to the
half way line.
All free kicks are indirect.
Substitutes are on the fly – no stopping the game.
No offside calls will be made.
Field size will be set at the width 25 yards and length of 35 yards.
ALL PARENTS AND COACHES WITHIN THE FIRST GRADE PROGRAM SHOULD BE AWARE THAT ONLY THE GAME FORMAT DESCRIBED ABOVE SHOULD BE PLAYED WITHIN THE FIRST GRADE PROGRAM