What Is A Coaching Scheme of Work?

How do you plan your coaching sessions?

Do you put them together on a week-by-week basis?

Do you focus on the strengths or weaknesses from a recent performance?

Or do you have a more long-term plan in place?

Ensuring young players get a well-rounded football education is important in their personal journey, and for the development of the team.

Establishing a framework that can help formulate a training schedule or 'scheme of work' for the season can allow you to concentrate your work on your players’ key development needs.

Rather than a scattergun approach to your coaching sessions, a schedule – similar to a syllabus – that covers all the important parts of the game relevant to your players could produce better quality outcomes from training across the season.

This will allow you to be more specific within your focus topic, so players practice what they will do in a game much more regularly.

Rather than looking at a topic from a broad perspective, you can be more detailed in how to coach a topic for players who have different roles within your team.

Let's take 'Receiving' as an example and consider the different scenarios on how a player might receive the ball:

➤ Receiving in central areas - for midfielders

➤ Receiving in wide areas - for full backs and wingers)

➤ Receiving to switch play - for goalkeepers and central players)

➤ Receiving with back to goal - for centre forwards, centre midfielders and wingers

➤ Receiving in the box - for attackers)

With all of the above, the techniques become varied due to the direction that the pressure from the opposition would be coming from.

Breaking down the topic into a more narrow focus can help you to design a scheme of work that will support the development of all your players and ensure the practices you design and deliver are more appropriate for each player and their position.

With this in mind, we have produced a scheme of work for you, which covers topics and age-appropriate small-sided games that will help support you in the development of your players.

The scheme of work covers six different coaching topics, with a variety of practice ideas for each topic, which focus on players with different roles on the pitch.

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Download the Coaching Scheme of Work

The Scheme of Work comes from our CPD course to support grassroots youth coaches transitioning their team to 7v7 football.

Along with the scheme of work, the course covers others important aspects of player development, and includes a technical guide to help coaches along the way, as well as a downloadable booklet of 30+ small-sided practices to support the development needs of the players.

To learn more about the course ‘Developing A Successful Team: The Transition to 7v7’ click here…

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