Youth Development Phase 2017-09-02T22:32:00+00:00

Youth Development Phase

SECONDARY SCHOOL AGE

12 – 16 years old
(BY DATE OF BIRTH)

Chronological age has to take account of the variability of gender, ability, maturation and the developmental needs of the individual.

In 2 LTPD Phases 12 – 14 & 15 – 16

TECHNICAL

Refining techniques

Skill execution under pressure

Attacking & defending principles

Introduction to tactics and team work

Rotation

PHYSICAL

Adolescent growth spurt

Aerobic development

Changing shape

Early / late maturation

Athleticism changes

Increasing variation between players

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Self concept

Awareness

Responsibility

Goal setting

Confidence

Coping strategies

SOCIAL

Accept responsibility

Fair play

Peer group features

Values and beliefs

Appropriate behaviurs

Personal and group responsibilities

PLAYERS AGED 12-16 (Youth Development Phase):

Practice at this age will encourage learning of much more specific areas of the game whilst the developing of technical ability will still be at the forefront of the LTPD plan.

Players will experience defending and attacking when numbers are not balanced and will be challenged much more to develop their knowledge of movement “off the ball”.

There should be a heavy emphasis on encouraging players to constantly scan the playing field and think ahead so better decisions can be made upon receiving the ball.

Players should continue to have the experience of playing in different positions although during these years we will start to look at which positions may be most suitable for each player.

Players will now be encouraged to experiment with tactics and to reflect on their performance; were they effective and what could they do better next time?

Creative play in attacking situations will always be encouraged but players in this age group will start to learn about where and when to take risks.

From the age of 12 players will be encouraged to join our Junior Leaders Programme and get involved with the many local Community initiatives we support as well as enrolling on coaching, refereeing and young leaders courses.

KTJFC POSITIONAL PROFILES

Goalkeeper

  • Good communication and organises the defence
  • Adopts a high starting position when team in possession, ready to offer an angle for a back pass
  • Good control and distribution with both feet
  • Can vary distribution from the hands, always looking to start attacks
  • Quick reactions including when needed to block shots or intercept an opponent’s through ball
  • Very brave and a good shot-stopper

Wide Defender

  • Offers width when in possession & always ready to receive from goalkeeper
  • Loves to get forward and offer support to attackers (overlaps / combination play)
  • Strong and aggressive in 1v1 situations
  • Makes good decisions on when to press and when to hold
  • Communicates well with fellow defenders and understands how to defend as part of a unit (press, slide, drop etc.)
  • Loves tackling including blocking shots and crosses

Central Defender

  • Very strong and courageous and committed to winning 1v1 duels
  • Communicates well with fellow defenders and understands how to defend as part of a unit (press, slide, drop etc.)
  • Very good organisational skills, is focused and shows good concentration levels
  • Loves blocking shots, clearing the danger area and is good in the air
  • Comfortable on the ball and can take the ball into midfield
  • Can pass the ball short and long

Defensive Midfielder

  • Very efficient in possession with good pass success rate
  • A real team player who will protect the defenders
  • Good reader of the game who regains possession regularly; intercepts and tackles well
  • Aware of what is around him at all times (“can play through 360 degrees”)
  • Good range of passing, always looking to start attacks
  • Excellent stamina, tracks and marks opponents well and recovers quickly

Attacking Midfielder

  • Always available and able to receive the ball, even if under pressure
  • Will always look for space and offer an option to teammate in possession
  • Very creative and skillful and loves to have attempts on goal
  • Looks to play quickly and loves attacking defenders
  • Good passing skills and sees opportunities for combination play
  • Takes up good positions when opponents have possession, always being ready to counter attack

Wide Midfielder / Winger

  • Good receiving and turning skills and looks to play forward
  • Looks to isolate defenders and receive the ball in dangerous positions
  • Has explosive speed and excellent skill to consistently beat opponents 1v1
  • Provides supply of ball to teammates through accurate passing and good crossing ability
  • Loves to score goals and regularly gets into goal scoring positions himself
  • Always ready to press opponents when team not in possession and fill in for his attacking full back when required

Striker

  • Works very hard, always showing for teammates and providing an outlet whilst also pressing opponents when they have the ball
  • Excellent movement and positioning, always looking to attack space or create space for others
  • Creative and clever at set up play, linking with teammates for combination moves
  • Strong and aggressive to hold the ball up and keep possession
  • Good goal scoring abilities using a wide range of finishes with both feet and also headers
  • Always alert with good reaction skills and determination
  • Loves to attack 1v1 and gets shots on goal