Arizona Soccer Club

Academy Training Curriculum



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.

TECHNICAL EMPHASIS: 
 

Dribbling:

Finding space (heads up)
Beating an opponent (taking players on)
To keep possession (shielding)

Passing:
Short passing
Disguise passing
Introduction to striking longer balls

Receiving:
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

Juggling:
Individual
With a partner

TACTICAL EMPHASIS:
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.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EMPHASIS:
Positive
Encourage players to take risks (encourage dribbling and creative play over passing)
Fun!

FITNESS:
No sprint test, long distance runs.
Should be done as a means of getting better on the ball and should include the ball.
Run mechanics
Movement education
Proper training activities should provide enough fitness