Modern Youth Training – Philosophy of modern child and youth soccer

game intelligencePhilosophy of modern child and youth soccer

  1. Children’s soccer is not adult soccer!
    • It’s standards, objectives and methods shouldn‘t never be transposed onto the kids
  2. Characteristics of organized soccer today
  • Coaches judged by wins or
  • high ranks in the standings or
  • titles or championships


  • The focus is not on the needs and interests of the children
  • Many practice activities are not appropriate for children (e.g. too monotonous)
  • The kids are under the external control of score-oriented coaches and parents; they’re unable to play freely and without interference

Needed differences to adult soccer



PRACTICE Oriented toward performance

and competition

New experiences, fun, learning soccer
MATCH PLAY Game formation, tactics Free play without interference
OBJECTIVES Championship, promotion Basis for lifelong enjoyment of sports
SUCCESS Final score Positive experiences and learning for all children!
COACH Judged by success (score) Judged by progress of all children



  • Children’s soccer training has its own methods and objectives
  • Club soccer must focus exclusively on the needs, desires and interests of children, not on scores or championships!

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Official Soccer Coaching Book of the German Soccer Association with DFB coaches and educators Ralf Peter and Gerd Bode.

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