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U13+ Age Group -- 11v11 Play Format

A series of training sessions from US Soccer have been uploaded to assist the novice coach with this age group. Feel free to click on the link and download them. These training sessions follow the Play-Practice-Play format.

In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching.

Characteristics of the U13+ Player

The more advanced players can execute the range of skills, but most others are still developing previously taught skills and are now being exposed to these additional skills.

Important psychosocial implications for a child entering puberty – early or late.

Popularity influences self-esteem.

Tests limits - a know-it-all attitude.

Fertile period to learn – full of eagerness.

Tend to be quite self-critical and may need regular positive reinforcement.

Bodies are going through physical changes that affect personal appearance

There will be significant differences in physical maturation rates between individuals.

Rapid growth spurts of the skeleton leave ligaments, tendons and muscles catching up, so coordination and balance are astray.

Temporary gangly movement may result in a loss of touch on the ball.

Players do not always make the connection between their growth spurt and the temporary loss of form; they need help realizing that everything will come back into synch in six to 18 months.


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