Skill Acquisition Phase – FFA National Curriculum

THE FOUNDATION OF THE SKILL ACQUISITION PHASE IS BUILT UPON:

  • The coach focusing extensively on providing a solid foundation of technical skill.
  • If the player does not gain this skill foundation during this phase it will be very difficult to make it up later.
  • No amount of fitness or competitive spirit will ever compensate for deficiencies in functional game skills.

The Skill Acquisition Phase sessions consist of 3 components: Skill Introduction, Skill Training and Skill Game.

For more information about the Skill Acquisition Phase: https://www.playfootball.com.au/coach/skill-acquisition-phase-sessions

WHAT SHOULD YOU BE COACHING?

Communication: as ‘hidden learning’

  • Asking for the ball, passing on information
  • Scanning
  • Being on your toes
  • Providing left/right/centre options for your teammate with the ball

Decision Making and Execution of Decisions: Core Skills (First Touch,Running with the Ball, Striking the Ball, 1 v 1 Attacking and Defending)

For example, for every football action (pass/shot/dribble/run/press etc), consider the player’s:

  • Position – Body shape and use of space (passing lanes, between lines, level and outside)
  • Moment – Timing (too early, too late or ideal, and checking runs)
  • Direction – Accuracy, angle (straight or curved), distance and height
  • Speed – Power (too slow, too fast or ideal)

First Touch Model Session 1 First Touch Model Session 2 First Touch Model Session 3

Running with the Ball Model Session 1 Running with the Ball Model Session 2 Running with the Ball Model Session 3

Striking the Ball Model Session 1 Striking the Ball Model Session 2 Striking the Ball Model Session 3

1 v 1 Model Session 1 1 v 1 Model Session 2 1 v 1 Model Session 3