Introducing The Academy
The Academy is designed to develop young soccer players through their formative years and to give them all of the ingredients they need to succeed in the game at the highest level. Players from an early age need to acquire the technical ability to master the ball and be proficient with both sides of their body. Players are placed into age and ability groups to train two times a week with sessions with expert professional staff. This staff will teach and develop these players to have the confidence ,and the technical ability to enjoy the game and be successful at which ever level they find themselves upon their graduation from the Academy. It is the Academy’s primary aim to make soccer fun so that the vital ingredient of enjoyment is achieved at all times. If this happens our staff aim to increase their enjoyment of the game by.
Improving technique and understanding.
As players improve their technical ability they grow in confidence and give themselves a greater capacity to process information, which is vital in the development of young soccer players.
Another way to increase enjoyment of the game is through interaction with team -mates, with small group activities which enhance skill full and imaginative play, for example (2v1, 2v2 ,2v3, 3v3, and 4v4 to goals or targets) As our players achieve success in small groups and understand the basic implications of tactical situations ,we move forward to educating players about individual positions and how they link together to create a relationship with each other to form a team. At a young age players play in a number of positions to improve their all round understanding and knowledge of the game. It is not until a player’s physical and mental characteristics develop fully that their best position can be accurately identified.
Playing With High Standards
Discipline is a key factor when learning the game of soccer, Georgia FC expects players to arrive at practice ready to play and listen to the coaching staff. We want our players to show respect to their peers, staff and officials. Concentrating is a key component when players are under instruction at games and practice. Socially we encourage our players to communicate with each other which leads to such skills as leadership, unselfishness, and a good healthy competitive environment. These qualities help in the development of soccer players as well as good human beings.
Selection of Teams
teams will be chosen on a week to week basis . It is the club’s philosophy to create, teams on ability within each age group of the Academy. These teams will then play against other Academies .and will be matched up to play equal level teams. The selection process will be monitored by players attitude towards the staff and fellow players, also by performance in games and practice.
The Club and the Academy staff have the ability to move players on a game by game basis as they wish to enhance a players development , this can happen with promotion or relegation this will encourage players to always give 100% effort, when practicing and playing in games. Players mature and learn at different stages of their soccer careers, so if players are selected for one particular team, this is not a guarantee that this decision is a permanent one. Some players thrive on competition immediately and others take time to adjust, so each player will be evaluated individually . Success of teams stems from continuity so it is important to keep that in mind when picking our teams and developing our young soccer players.
The practice format will consist of 30- 40 minutes of technical exercises working on ball mastery. The players then will be placed into groups or teams and the topic for the session will be addressed. The coaching staff will decide weather the groups are the teams for the weekend or a mixture of all teams and players together. This will be decided at the coach’s discretion and can change from practice to practice. This will be the format so coach’s can look at different players in different situations and make intelligent soccer decisions on where players should be playing come game day.
If a situation occurs where our Academy has to make an extra team for a third, or fourth game the following criteria will apply. The team will be made up of an equal participation from all of the original teams. For example ( A team Vs Opponent , B team Vs opponent, C team Vs Opponent Final game will consist of a mixture of the A,B,& C teams to complete a D team ) This offer will be made to all players so that players of different levels within the Academy can play together and learn from each other. There will be a rotation of players so every player in the Academy will get this opportunity.
Coaching Games and Practice
All coaching should be left to the coaching staff, and parents should not offer advice to players during games or practice. Parents should refrain from giving any tactical feedback to players regarding performance unless they have consulted with the coach as they may give contradictory information or over repeat what the coach has already said which can lead to confusion or frustration for the player.
Positive Parental Support
Positive support is vital during times of disappointment which is a natural part of a young soccer players developmental success.
Positive encouragement from parents is vital to help young soccer players understand the significance of winning and losing, the experience of frustration in learning and the need to develop self confidence.
Positive coaching from our staff is vitally important to our players development . We must ensure that our players are installed with confidence to play and have an understanding of the coach’s instructions also that our players except constructive and negative information to improve them as soccer players and team members . Encouragement at this level is a massive motivational tool to making our players successful, creative and well rounded soccer players.
For additional information, please feel free to contact any of the following Directors: