NJ Wildcats Player Development Model

U-8/9/10 Model

A finished product/player at the end of the U8 - U10 program should possess the following skills:

  • Love of the game
  • Creative Free Play is encouraged
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of tachnical ability
  • Start to understand tactical componenets such as 1v1 attacking and defending
  • Shooting technique
  • Aerial Control
  • Passing technique
  • Trapping technique
  • Start to master juggling use all surfaces
  • Futsal play should be leveraged to emphasize and reinforce individual technique.
  • Focus in practice, practice isn’t for wasting time, players should learn professional habits (show up early, wear uniform, shake coaches hand at end of practice, maximum effort, respect your teammates, etc…)
  • Two-footed players = all skill work should be geared towards developing both feet

U-11/12 Model

A finished product/player at the end of the 12 program should possess the following skills:

  • Love of the game
  • Creative Free Play is encouraged
  • An arsenal of dribbling moves, i.e. Cryuff, Maradonna, etc…
  • Confidence and competence of 1 vs. 1 attacking and defending
  • Shooting technique
  • Heading technique
  • Passing technique
  • Trapping technique
  • Mastery of juggling
  • Futsal play should be leveraged to emphasize and reinforce individual technique.
  • Focus in practice, practice isn’t for wasting time, players should learn professional habits (show up early, wear uniform, shake coaches hand at end of practice, maximum effort, respect your teammates, etc…)
  • Two-footed players = all skill work should be geared towards developing both feet
  • Small group tactics/awareness, 1 vs 1 building to 4 vs 4 (max)
     

U-13/14 Model

A finished product/player at the end of the 14 program should possess the following skills:

  • Technical emphasis continued from 12’s
  • Emphasis on style of play
  • Switching the point of attack
  • Functional training introduced
  • Creative free play is encouraged
  • Futsal
  • Touch restrictions introduced
  • Possession games
  • Passing to the proper foot
  • Properly weighted passes
  • Two footed players
  • 2nd and 3rd Defender
  • Understanding and application of the principles of attack = width, depth, mobility, penetration, and improvisation
  • Understanding and application of the principles of defending = pressure, cover, balance, compactness, communication
  • Introduction to systems of play (4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2)
  • Combination Play
  • Introduction to managing the game (Up late, down late)
     

U-15/16 Model

A finished product/player at the end of the 16 program should possess the following skills:

  • Zonal defending
  • Awareness and application of offside rule
  • High-level fitness
  • Tactical knowledge of the game
  • Comprehensive understanding of managing the game
  • Touch restrictions more prevalent
  • Runs/movement off the ball (3rd man combos)
  • Mastery of possession games
  • Understanding of importance and execution of offensive and defensive restarts
  • Futsal
  • Soccer IQ (i.e. when to overlap as wing backs, runs forwards should make and when, positioning of center backs – when to step and when to delay)
  • Individual responsibility, learning to take ownership of soccer career and minimizing parent involvement (responsible for e-mails, college profile, etc…)
  • Gamesmanship


U-17/18 Model

A finished product/player at the end of the 18 program should possess the following skills:

  • Professional approach to training
  • Importance of weight training
  • Importance of nutrition
  • Knowledge of multiple formations
  • Roles of Different positions in various formations
  • Understanding of the college level
  • Interaction with professionals and what that level requires
  • Film session intelligence
  • Mastery of one touch passing drills
  • Futsal
  • Ready to contribute at the college level

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