The Future Game Practices Ages 12-16: Youth Phase

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A Technical Guide for Young Players Outlining a Philosophy and Vision for Youth Development in Soccer. The Future Game Vision for Players is to produce technically excellent and innovative players with exceptional decision-making skills. For Coaches The Future Game Vision is to train, develop and support more innovative coaches who are excellent teachers of the game. 

This application operates on a PC or MAC Computer and all video practice sessions and accompanying PDFs are downloadable and compatible with Android and Apple devices across all screen sizes. Each program features high definition, age-appropriate coaching footage including defending, attacking and goalkeeping sessions. An animated overview using UEFA's 3D TactX software and a printable PDF of each of the field practices are also included.

The Future Game playing philosophy outlines a plan for soccer coaches and clubs to develop their own individualized coaching program and is broken down into the following principles;

In Possession/Attacking:

  • A possession based approach played through the three thirds of the field.

  • Quality passing and intelligent movement and support off the ball.

  • Penetrative, incisive and varied attacking play combined with good finishing.

  • Counter-attacking whenever opportunities arise.

Out of Possession/Defending:

  • A tactical approach to defending, in which all players contribute.
  • A controlled, calculated and assertive approach when and where necessary.

Additionally, the playing philosophy actively encourages the individual player. Players with varied and unique dribbling skills and the ability to beat defenders, particularly in the final-third, are fundamental to success in The Future Game.

Youth Development Phase: Age Group 12-16
Attacking Play:
  • Counter Attacking
  • Forward Passing In Advanced Areas
Defending:
  • Defending When Outnumbered
  • Defensive Balance and Compactness
Finishing:
  • Shooting Circuit
  • Crossing And Finishing
The practices offer ideas to help coaches get started and are conducted by FA Staff Coaches . Practice sessions should be amended and developed according to the needs of individual groups and teams. The content is applicable for both beginner and advanced coaches. 

Identical goalkeeping content is included in each program. These goalkeeper sessions include fundamental goalkeeping principles which should be amended and changed according to the age and ability of the players.

Available as a Digital Download Only. Download instantly and watch on your PC or Mac. All video practice sessions and accompanying PDFs are downloadable and compatible with Android and Apple devices across all screen sizes (Phone, Tablet Computer and TV.)


Item Number: 4322
Running Time: 165 minutes
File Size:  2 Gb  (Average 2+ hours download time on a 2 Mbps connection)
Available Formats: Digital Download