Philosophy of modern child and youth soccer
- Children’s soccer is not adult soccer!
- It’s standards, objectives and methods shouldn‘t never be transposed onto the kids
- 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
The needed differences between youth- and adult soccer
|PRACTICE||Oriented toward performance
|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|
ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND!
- 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!