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
- 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)