Soccer Camps - Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge - FFTW Development

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Hope you are all doing well.

Our first official soccer camp in Paris is officially complete with all our age groups putting in a great effort throughout last week. We apologize for the delay of this but instead of sending you individual emails each day, we decided to send you an entire week summary for you to have the coaching poitns we worked on with the players for the week.

Here are the coaching points below for each day of camp:

DAY #1:
1 vs. 1 Speed Skills
 
Main Coaching Points
- Slow into Skill, Fast Out
- If you don't sell it, they won't buy it
- Bend your knees
- ACCELERATE AWAY!
- Body used as a shield between defender and ball (exit without outside of foot)
DAY #2:

Inside Foot Pass - 5 Stages

  1. Standing foot beside the ball - pointing at your target
  2. 2. Ankle Tight (helps with accuracy and power)
  3. Strike with the Inside of my Foot (Big Fat Part - biggest contact surface)
  4. Hit the middle of the ball (to get the most solid contact)
  5. Follow through pointing at your target

Driven Pass - 5 Stages

  1. 45 Degree Angle run up
  2. 2. Standing foot beside the ball - pointing at your target (not too close, not too far - depends on players comfort level)
  3. Diagonal Foot Position (Ballerina)
  4. Hit the middle of the ball
  5. Follow through pointing at your target (step through)

Lofted Pass - 5 Stages 

  1. 45 Degree Angle Run Up
  2. 2. Standing foot beside the ball - pointing at your target (not too close, not too far - depends on players comfort level)
  3. Use the front of the inside of the foot (big toe)
  4. Strike beneath the middle of the ball (more you lean back, the higher the ball will go)
  5. Follow through pointing at your target (step through)

Main Receiving Points

- 3 Things Before You Receive

  • On your toes (be ready to receive the ball)
  • Check your shoulders (to see if there is a defender behind you or teammate - can you turn or not turn?)
  • Call or Show for the ball 

- Let the ball come to you, do not reach for the ball
- Slightly lift your foot to control the middle of the ball

DAY #3:

Control Techniques

  1. Killing the ball (Cushion) - stop the ball right at your feet
  2. Protect - Same as #1 but using body as a shield to protect the ball and take the touch back towards where the ball came and playing it back to where the ball came from
  3. Traveling with the ball - this can be done both with a defender and also mainly when there is no defender behind you. It is when you have space to take your touch out of your feet and in a particular direction (forward, right, left or backwards).

Ground Control - Main Coaching Points

- Three Types of Communication

  • Verbal
  • Showing with your body where you want it (hand pointed out, tap on your foot)
  • Eye Contact

- Dont reach for the ball, let it come to you (let the come down before attempting to control the ball, if you reach up for the ball, it is guaranteed to go away from you)
- Choose your surface - dependent on what type of pass or service you receive, you need to decide whether it is best to control with your inside, outside, sole etc. of your foot.
- When traveling with the ball, use your hips and open up your body on an angle to help go a particular direction
- Make contact with the middle of the ball to reach maximum control

Aerial Control - Main Coaching Points

- Use hips to work on direction and keep hands out of body to help with balance
- Weight of touch (keep it within your control circle)
- Three Types of Communication

  • Verbal
  • Showing with your body where you want it (hand pointed out to preferred foot, tap on your thigh)
  • Eye Contact

- Dont reach for the ball, let it come to you (let the come down before attempting to control the ball, if you reach up for the ball, it is guaranteed to go away from you) - - - Judge the Flight of the Ball 

  • Based off the flight of the ball, choose the correct surface best suited to control the ball and take it where you want (this depends on players checking their shoulders and knowing what to do BEFORE the ball arrives
  • Adjust your body to receive and take your touch either to kill, protect or travel with the ball

DAY #4:

1 vs. 1 Defending

5 Stages of Defending

  1. Close down- (get out to opponent and keep them as far away from your goal as possible - today also included using a curved run to block the goal for the session we did in particular)
  2. Slow down- once you get to your opponent, start to slow down to get in your defensive stance (if you go too fast, it is very easy for the attacker to get past you as you will not be in control)
  3. Get down- Go down in your defensive stance (an added pointer was to show the defender away from goal
  4. 4Stay town- Very important to stay nice and low which helps you stay agile and stay with the attacker wherever they may go
  5. Be the Thorn- As a defender, let the attacker always know you are there, be a nuisance and never give up if the attacker gets past you

2 vs. 2 Defending 

(only some points were covered due to this section being more advanced - all points included for reference)

- Closest player pressures the ball, covering player supports front defender and also watches their man
- Peripheral vision - able to see both the ball and the man (look in the middle of both to see both out of the corner of their eyes)
- Covering defender to communicate to front defender which way to show (SHOW RIGHT, SHOW LEFT dependent on where the covering defender is stationed)
- Front foot to poke the ball away, back foot to put in charge challenge
- Communication is key, make sure players are switching roles of front defender and covering defender when the ball is passed
- Covering defender always has to block goal when they come out and also keep an eye on their defender
- Distance - not too far, but close enough that if the front defender gets beat they can make a challenge

Additional Coaching Points:

  1. When the attacker takes a bad touch
  2. When the attacker is turned back towards their own goal (No Turn!)

DAY #5:

Shooting

5 Stages of the INSTEP Strike

  1. 40-45 Degree Run Up - The angle of run up is dependent on the player but this angle is the most common for players to run up and strike the ball for an instep strike
  2. Standing Foot Beside the Ball - Plant your foot beside the ball at a reasonable distance. Your foot should be pointing at your target.
  3. Ankle Tight - Ensure your ankle is tight for maximum impact to help with direction and accuracy
  4. Hit the middle of the ball - This is to help create the most power behind the strike (make sure to push through the ball)
  5. 5Follow through pointing at target- Your foot should follow through pointing at your target as well as your hips being in line with your target (Do Not swing your hips)

5 Stages of the DIAGONAL FOOT Strike

  1. 45 Degree Run Up - The angle of run up is dependent on the player but this angle is the most common for players to run up and strike the ball for an instep strike
  2. Standing Foot Beside the Ball - Plant your foot beside the ball at a reasonable distance - not too far, not too close. Your foot should be pointing at your target.
  3. Diagonal Foot Position (Ballerina Pose) - You should be striking the ball just at the bottom of your laces and make maximum impact with the big bone. This will create the most power and zip behind your strike.
  4. Hit the middle of the ball - This is to help create the most power behind the strike (make sure to push through the ball)
  5. 5Follow through pointing at target- Your foot should follow through pointing at your target as well as your hips being in line with your target (Do Not swing your hips)

Additional Coaching Points:

  1. Assess Goalkeepers positioning before you strike the ball
  2. Once you see the goalkeeper, you should then know which surface you want to strike with, instep for more accuracy or power for a powerful strike
  3. Ball out of your feet - always make sure the ball is out of your feet to help create power of your strike. Too many players were taking small touches, you need to be able to run up to the ball to create momentum to strike the ball
  4. Accuracy before Power

- Too many players want to go for power strikes but this should not be the case. If you see any strikers or top goal scorers in the world at the highest level, majority of them finish with the instep (inside of foot) when they are within the 18 yard box or even at the top of the 18 yard box. Powerful strikes can be done if there is no time to react like when there are a lot of defenders around you in the box or if you are outside the area but this strike also has to have accuracy. 

  1. To strike to the left corner of the goal, you need to close your body across as you hit the ball (your shooting foot should be pointing at left post). If you are shooting to the right side of the goal, your body should be open and your follow through pointing at the right post. This is for right footed players only.

 

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The effort by the group was tremendous and the attitude was very good. There of course is a great deal for players to work on individually and that would be from both a technical standpoint as well as a tactical standpoint.

We hope the players have been able to understand where they can put their efforts in training and even though it was a lot of information to take in for 1 week of camp, we know we have seen clear improvements from players in both their ability and attitude.

Well done to all players and hope to see you all very soon!