United Soccer Coaches
Advanced Technical Training Diploma

The Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic is honored to be an Official United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Education Event. Soccer Champions shares the United Soccer Coaches' goal of helping coaches of all levels become better coaches.

In March 2018, Soccer Champions will offer the United Soccer Coaches Advanced Technical Training Diploma. Designed specifically for Soccer Champions, this new diploma provide coaches with additional tools to further refine their players' technical skills on both sides of the ball. The curriculum includes approximately 6 hours of instruction through a combination of classroom and practical field sessions. The first session for this course will be Thursday evening, March 1 from 7:00 - 8:30PM followed by three sessions on Friday, March 2. Participating coaches are required to attend all four sessions and will receive their diploma at the conclusion of the final session. Please see session listing and descriptions below to learn more about this United Soccer Coaches offering at Soccer Champions.

To learn more about all United Soccer Coaches coaching education curriculum and course offerings, visit the United Soccer Coaches Education webpage.

*A fee of $45 will apply for this diploma.

Classroom Session 1

Planning Advanced Technical Training
Clinicians: Ian Barker and David Newbery

A well planned training session for older/advanced players includes a strong technical training focus. A youth athlete has a considerable developmental journey to travel before reaching full soccer maturity between the ages of 25-28 yrs. To this end, training plans need to address technical competency: individually, in small groups and as a team. In this session we will cover:

  • Key considerations in designing an advanced technical training session.
  • Observational analysis and correcting technical deficiencies.
  • Coaching methods to increase and decrease the technical challenge level of a session.
  • Discussion of coaching objectives of the two practical sessions - passing and receiving and technical development of defenders.
  • Each participant will receive an observation assignment to be completed during the practical sessions and discussed in the Review Session.

Practical Session 1

Advanced Technical Training: Passing and Receiving
Clinicians: Ian Barker and David Newbery

Successful tactical implementation is contingent on the technical capabilities of players. At 12-18 years of age, performances of many players remain inconsistent as they continue a journey to peak performance in their mid to late twenties. Players technical limitations will severely limit a coach’s tactical options, so it is important to dedicate some practice time to enhancing individual technique. The focus of this session is on passing and receiving: We will cover:

  • Sub themes: speed of play, off the ball movement and switching the point of attack.
  • Principles of attack: penetration, width, depth, mobility and creativity.
  • Individual, small group and team activities.
  • Constant, variable and random practice conditions.

Practical Session 2

Advanced Technical Training: Developing Defenders
Clinicians: Ian Barker and David Newbery

Successful tactical implementation is contingent on the technical capabilities of players. At 12-18 years of age, performances of many players remain inconsistent as they continue a journey to peak performance in their mid to late twenties. Players technical limitations will severely limit a coach’s tactical options, so it is important to dedicate some practice time to enhancing individual technique. The focus of this session is on developing defenders: We will cover:

  • Sub themes: individual, small group and team defending.
  • Principles of defense: pressure, cover, balance, compactness and restraint.
  • Reading the game, applying pressure, winning the ball, communication and recovery.
  • Constant, variable and random practice conditions.

Classroom Session 2

Advanced Technical Training Review Session
Clinicians: Ian Barker and David Newbery

The Review Session concludes the diploma course. Candidates will share practical observations in small groups. We will cover:

  • A review of practical sessions, including candidate observations and commentary.
  • Candidate questions.
  • A summary by the clinicians of key coaching methods and alternative approaches for teaching technique.
  • Diploma issuance.
 
 
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