Recommended Academy Training Curriculum
Below is just a recommendation or guideline for Academies to use for their training. The training environment should
place emphasis on technique over tactics and is positive and FUN.
Finding space (heads up)
Beating an opponent (taking players on)
To keep possession (shielding)
Introduction to striking longer balls
Mechanics of receiving balls on the ground
Importance of first touch (sets up second touch)
Shooting / Finishing:
Mechanics of shooting
Mentality to finish
Finishing off the dribble
With a partner
Penetration via the dribble or pass
Role of support
Introduction of simple 2 player combinations
Mentality of winning the ball back (getting pressure)
Understanding transition from attack to defense
Understanding transition from defense to attack
Understanding how two lines interact.
Encourage players to take risks (encourage dribbling and creative play over passing)
No sprint test, long distance runs.
Should be done as a means of getting better on the ball and should include the ball.
Proper training activities should provide enough fitness