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U11/U12 LTPD - Long Term Player Development

Understand and internalize the LTPD Model for U9 Boys & Girls.

Mirco Schroff

on 23 January 2014

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Transcript of U11/U12 LTPD - Long Term Player Development

From early engagement to late specialization
LTPD - Long Term Player Development
U4 / U5
U6/U7 Female
U6 - U8 Male
U15 - U19 Female
U16 - U20 Male
U12 - U15 Female
U12 - U16 Male
U9 - U12 Male/Female
U18+ Female
U19+ Male

Any age Female and Male

The effect of the role-model is very important.
Children want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important and the players learn best by 'doing'. Players move from self-centered to self-critical.

This is an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Creating a fun and challenging environment is essential for stimulating learning.

This is an optimal window for trainability of...

Speed Flexibility Skills


Building a greater repertoire of soccer
related movements. Technical skills are developed in training and within the context of basic soccer games.

Ball Mastery
Individual Defending
Heading Ability
Skills and Tricks (Creativity)
Dribbling in attacking areas 1v1

Change of direction & speed

Variation of running angles
(Inside to shoot - Outside to cross)

Feint & Disguise

Recognize to run with the ball
Dribbling into the middle third
Range of passing (short-long-diagonal)

Variation of passes (inside-laces)
(lofted - outside)

Passing with both feet
Disguise of a pass

Passing to maintain possession
Passing under pressure

Passing combinations
Passing to improve build-up play
First touch on the ground (straight)

First touch on the ground (angle)

First touch back to goal

First touch aerial

Control under pressure
Moving the ball away from pressure
Keeping the ball close to the body

Keeping the head up while in control of the ball

Keeping the ball inside the field of play

Ball manipulation
Adaptation to various game situations
Striking the ball with both feet

Creative play to create shooting opportunities

Variation of angles

Finishing from a through ball
Movement to create shooting opportunities

Variation of technique
Inside - Laces - Volleys
Eyes on the ball

Using the forehead

Attacking the ball
Variation of heading techniques
(Clearance - Pass - Finish)
Defending as a unit (Delay/Cover/Balance)

Preventing shots, crosses and through balls
Dealing with overload situations

Dealing with crosses

1v1 Defending
Delaying attacking play
Dealing with sustained pressure

Developing environment awareness
and encouraging decision making.
Focus is on simple combinations,
marking and running into space.


'Golden age of learning'!
Intrinsic motivation is developed
by the FUN and enjoyment that foster
desire to play. Imagination, creativity,
increased demands and discipline are
the focus.

How many interactions can your child handle at a time?

...in other words - how complex can the game become before your child gets overwhelmed with processing information?

Do you know? Or do you have to guess?
Levels of interaction

2 players - "2"
3 players - "6"
4 players - "12"
5 players - "20"
6 players - "30"
7 players - "42"
8 players - "56"
9 players - "72"
10 players - "90"
11 players - "110"

To make competition "Child Friendly", we need to adjust the Game to the Child, not adjust the Child to the Game!
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