Training 10- to 12-year-olds (Part A)

Don't leave anything to chance!

When a talent promotion program works, good luck is hardly ever the reason. If you want to make sure your youth players develop to their full athletic potential, your training program and your approach to competition have to be systematically coordinated. 

  • 10- to 12-year-olds occupy a special position in youth promotion, since the top team at this age level is ready to take the first steps toward advanced training. Almost all of the basics have to be mastered now, so that players can continue to develop them further at the upper levels. 
  • This level marks the transition to three practice sessions per week. By increasing the amount of practice time, we prepare players for more intense training at the 12- to 14-year-old level.
  • One session each week is a support session run by the head youth coach. In this session, the whole team works together on the most important training concepts. 
  • The main tactical concept for 10- to 12-year-olds is individual tactics, or the 1 v. 1 situation. The objective here is for players to use the techniques they have learned under opposition pressure in different situations. They also begin a systematic introduction to defensive 1 v. 1 play, which is the foundation of all the defense concepts.
  • Meanwhile, players also start working on the most basic group attack tactics step by step, especially the ones that force the game onto the wings, like overlapping. The main focus, though, is on the ability to find solution to typical attack situations (such as 2 v. 1 or 2 v. 2) independently, without help from the coach. 
  • Special emphasis is placed on age-appropriate "athletic training". For 10- to 12-year-olds, this general category includes coordination training, running technique training, and comprehensive speed training.

Part B, Drills 1, 2, 3, 4