Grassroots Guides

grassroots-guidesCheck out the Alberta Soccer Session Toolkit for ideas to use in your own team’s practice organized by stage of development! See below for more grassroots guides.

Guides For Specific Ages

For U4 – U6

active-start-guideThe principle objective of this document is to offer a standard guide to support the many players, parents, coaches and administrators that promote the game at a Grassroots level of participation. It is recognized that this entry level of participation is critical for the players and game as a whole, where all those introduced to the game may be offered the opportunity of nurturing a lifelong passion for the sport.

This particular booklet encompasses both U4-U6 age groups as they embrace Stage 1 – Active Start of the Long Term Player Development model. For purposes of understanding, there are differences within both age groups in terms of recommended game formats, but the essence of Active Start – is to encourage children to move their bodies and have fun.

Download the Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage One-Active Start 

For U8

fundamentals-guideThe principle objective of this document is to offer a standard guide to support the many players, parents, coaches and administrators that promote the game at a Grassroots level of participation. It is recognized that this entry level of participation is critical for the players and game as a whole, where all those introduced to the game may be offered the opportunity of nurturing a lifelong passion for the sport.

The FUNdamental stage of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) brings a logical progression from Active Start, where the focus was upon the introduction and development of physical literacy. Once some physical literacy (agility, balance and coordination) foundations have been introduced, players are now encouraged to have ‘fun with the ball.’ Reflecting the individual (egotistical) nature of children in this age group, players should be encouraged to practice with a ball each and develop their physical attributes by practicing and learning new moves. The measure of success for many children within FUNdamentals is to show off a new move, opposed to winning a game or a medal. Coaches and parents are therefore encouraged to use this window of opportunity and encourage players to dribble and take risks, using guided discovery as a key tool to develop the player’s passion for ‘playing’ soccer.

Download the Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage Two – FUNdamentals

For U10 – U12

learning-to-train-guide

The principle objective of this document is to offer a standard guide to support the many players, parents, coaches and administrators that promote the game at a Grassroots level of participation. It is recognized that this entry level of participation is critical for the players and game as a whole, where all those introduced to the game may be offered the opportunity of nurturing a lifelong passion for the sport.

This stage is known as ‘The Golden Age’ of learning. By this stage players should have developed a strong degree of their physical literacy and confidence with the ball; they are now ready to play the game. The game really is now a team game and introduces tactics and team formations. It is important to consider the players characters and where they are within the education system and their personal development. They would have been in education for some time and mastered the social skills of learning, receiving instruction, sharing and co-operating in group tasks. Essentially they are more ‘community’ group focussed and ready for the team environment. They will also have developed a desire to question instructions and find solutions to problems unassisted, all these qualities should be used in supporting their further development and passion of soccer.

Download the Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage Three – Learn to Train

For 14+

The principle objective of this document is to offer a standard guide to support the many players, parents, coaches and administrators that promote the game at a Grassroots level of participation. It is recognized that this entry level of participation is critical for the players and game as a whole, where all those introduced to the game may be offered the opportunity of nurturing a lifelong passion for the sport.

 

Active for life is where every soccer player aspires to return. Whether players progress through the excellence stream or remain in grassroots soccer, it is hoped that they retain the passion and desire to pursue soccer as their sport of choice. Active for Life includes youth players from the U14 age group through to Masters’ competitions. This phase also encompasses the many different game formats, from 11 v 11 games, to beach soccer, futsal and the indoor game that is evident in Alberta.