At the Orange Soccer Academy, players of all ages will benefit from coaches who have knowledge and understanding of the principles outlined below and how they apply to players in different age groups. Please have a flick through the slides with further detail available underneath.

THE ORANGE SOCCER ACADEMY IS CREATING A POSITIVE CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE

  • A ‘player-centred’ philosophy
  • A well balanced programme of work
  • No organisational errors
  • Constant and clear communication
  • Practice to challenge every day
  • An emphasis on a mastery of skills and tactics
  • Practice to be varied, stimulating and fun

ORANGE SOCCER ACADEMY GUIDING COACHING PRINCIPLES

  • Make coaching sessions appropriate, challenging, educational and enjoyable
  • Establish a learning-centred approach to coaching sessions
  • Place the right player with the right coach, at the right time
  • Create environments that allow players to fulfil their potential
  • Use the guiding principles of the '4 Corner' Long-Term Player Development to meet the needs of individual players.
  • Provide leadership and integrity at all times when working with players
  • Understand the needs of individual players, differentiating and providing for the needs of participation, performance and excellence
  • Maximise opportunity for all players at all stages of development

WHY DO WE WANT THIS PHILOSOPHY AT THE ORANGE SOCCER ACADEMY?

When creating the DNA for The Orange Soccer Academy we are aware that the only thing constant about modern football is change! Increasing knowledge, experience, scientific and technological advancement all exert their influence on the game and our attempts to play it excellently at an elite level.

Society itself, and importantly the family structure, have changed dramatically and the modern player brings a new profile of strengths and weaknesses to challenge the Orange Soccer Academy Coaches.

The modern coach puts emphasis on sharing the process with the players - ‘shared ownership’ - and is player-centred as much as task-orientated. All coaches are in the end measured on results in one way or another but the modern coach is not dominated by them. We understand the drive for excellence in performance - an everyday focus on preparing and teaching, is the best way to ensure consistent results and build great player relationships.

So at The Orange Soccer Academy we see the modern coach as working smart as well as hard, more thoughtful, more democratic, a leader rather than a dictator, a ‘seller’ of ideas rather than a ‘yeller’ of opinions. Our philosophy is based upon player relationships focused on respect, shared ambition, good communication and with a shared motivation to pursue the journey to excellence.


What sets The Orange Soccer Academy apart from the rest?

  • Academy standard coaching - How do we know? Our coaches come from Professional academies
  • Coaching Philosophy - Focusing on individual learning techniques to develop players. No one size fits all approach
  • Value for Money - Being part of The Orange Soccer community means our players get top quality gear to train in, elite level coaching and exposure to professional clubs at an affordable price
  • Games Programme - With regular games scheduled against professional academy setups, no other commercial academy can compete
  • Scouting Opportunities - With our links into the professional clubs, we have a scouting register of professional scouts ensuring controlled exposure to OSA players
  • Becoming part of the Orange Soccer Community - with Product and Service launches planned over the coming seasons you have the chance to be part of an amazing movement that is innovating the football industry


1. TRAINING

Coaching Methodology

The structure of a session is vitally important if we are to develop and produce elite quality players at The Orange Soccer Academy.  The detail below outlines the methodology our coaches work to.

PREPARATION & PLANNING

  • Avoid over complicating practices
  • Plan each session in advance to fall in line with the academy themes and philosophy
  • Highlight the collective and individual learning objectives of the session
  • Set up each session a minimum of 20 minutes in advance
  • Include footballs in every practice
  • Maximise small-sided games
  • Plan activities for early arrivals
  • Appearance is very important and coaches must ensure they wear the correct academy clothing for coaching sessions and games

PLAYER ENGAGEMENT

  • Allow players to make decisions on their own (problem solving, reasoning & planning)
  • Manage differences within the group (support & challenge)
  • Utilise ‘Guided Discovery’ and ‘Q & A’ with players – listening is a powerful tool
  • Manage player mistakes
  • Offer equal praise and encouragement to each player
  • Shake hands with players on arrival and departure
  • Use positive reinforcement when players do something constructive
  • Promote to players: creativity, flexibility of thought, self-control and discipline

SESSION DELIVERY

  • Display enthusiasm before, throughout and after the session
  • Keep explanations / demonstrations short and concise
  • Limit intervention time to 30 seconds / limit tactics board interaction to 60 seconds
  • Make sure pitch / area dimensions are suitable for the learning objective outcomes (make bigger or smaller if required)
  • Use the same colour cones to mark out areas
  • Utilise bibs for both sets of players in games
  • Vary your coaching position during practices

SESSION ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION

  • Complete post session evaluation
  • Review planning of next session from the evaluation
  • Complete collective and individual learning objective outcomes 
  • Utilise a diagnostic, formative and summative approach to assessments
  • Link assessments, evaluations and reflections to the academy philosophy
  • Reflect on each player individually, considering their specific learning objectives
  • Set individual learning objectives with players and refer to them during sessions
  • Focus on positive aspects in addition to areas for development
     

Coaching Framework

TIME MANAGEMENT IS A CRUCIAL SKILL THAT COACHES MUST UTILISE IN ORDER FOR THEIR PLAYERS TO GAIN THE MAXIMUM FROM EACH SESSION; SEE BELOW FRAMEWORK FOR TIMELINES:

FOUNDATION & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASES

Pre-Session Arrival Activities
0 – 15 minutes:      Technical Warm Up (inc ABC’s)
15 – 30 minutes:    1 v 1 / 2 v 1 / 1 v 2 / 2 v 2 Practices (attack & defend)
30 – 45 minutes:    Key Theme Practice (small game / function / phase)
45 – 65 minutes:    Key Theme Adapted Game
65 – 90 minutes:    Standard Game

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASES

Pre-Session Arrival Activities
0 – 20 minutes:       Technical Warm Up (inc ABC’s)
20 – 45 minutes:     Key Theme Practice (function / phase)
45 – 65 minutes:     Key Theme Adapted Game
65 – 90 minutes:     Standard Game

Coaching Content

ARRIVAL ACTIVITIES

Tag Games
Head/Foot Tennis
Headers & Volley’s
Wembley Singles / Doubles
Handball
TECHNICAL WARM UP (BALL PER PLAYER)

Fast Footwork (tip tap toe)
Ball Mastery
Coerver-style Exercises (inc ABC’s)
Pass & Receive Techniques
Dribble Techniques
Turn Techniques
1 V 1 TO 2 V 2’S

Attacking: dribble / movements, passing, combinations, create overloads, shooting
Defending: ABC’s, defend targets / areas, against overloads, transition
Note: no lines or queues – utilise small games to create 1 v 1 / 2 v 2 situations

KEY THEME PRACTICE

Small Game
Function
Phase
 KEY THEME ADAPTED GAME

Different Sized Areas
Areas Split into Sections
Single to Multiple Goals
Variety of Ways to Score
Adapted Rules to Highlight Learning Outcomes (scaffolds)
Time Restrictions
Outfield / Infield Support Players
Overload / Underload
Multi-Direction Goals
STANDARD GAME

To Test Players Understanding of the Key Theme

Coaching Curriculum

Within the academy foundation (9 to 11’s) and youth development (12 to 16’s) phases there are six key theme headings that direct the sessions, as follows:

Passing & Receiving
Combination Play
Dribbling & Running with the Ball
Turning & Shielding
Defending
Shooting & Finishing
Key  theme headings are followed on a three week cycle, ensuring that players are given enough time to absorb and then achieve the collective and individual learning objectives drawn up for each session.

.SCOUTING

For players in the Orange Soccer Academy there will be opportunities on a regular basis to be observed and assessed by professional club scouts during weekly training sessions. OSA have strong links with several top professional clubs, such as Burnley FC, Manchester City, Everton and many more.

As part of the OSA programme, players will be continually evaluated by the Technical Director against the same criteria that club scouts use when observing players. This information will be regularly fed back to all the players, so that they fully understand their position and can take ownership of their learning and future development.

For more information on The Orange Soccer Academy & details of our upcoming 'Talent Showcase' days please email Academy@OrangeSoccer.co.uk

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