Principles of play are the underpinning concepts of the game and can be coached from the very first stage of development onwards. The principles relate to attacking and defending and should not be confused with the system of play.
The principles of play are the same in any system of play. It is important for the coach to know and understand the principles before helping the players to understand. With a good appreciation and excellent technique a team will be able to play any system and style.
There are 5 principles of attack:
There are 5 principles of defending designed to counteract the effects of the attacking principles;
The number one priority for any football programme should be to introduce children to the beautiful game in a fun and enjoyable way so that children get ‘hooked’ and can’t wait to return for their next session. We get this!
However, we believe that through having a structured and organised curriculum such as our Doha Pearl Academy Player Development Plan, our players can achieve a much wider range of results and benefits.
As a result of this Player Development Plan, the coaches are able to focus on nurturing players to achieve the end of stage goals and attainment targets and is able to assess players more accurately by having clearly defined outcomes at each stage and also a clear pathway for progression.
Having this curriculum and regular feedback (player reports) also allows parents and children to be more involved in their own learning and ensures that the player is actively involved in their footballing education.
However, keep in mind that successful football at all levels is determined by one thing, TECHNIQUE. Therefore our coaching programmes must start with a strong technical focus to acquire the fundamental building blocks that are critical to the development of a player. Oh... and don’t forget we make the sessions fun and enjoyable so that players develop their love for the game and cannot wait to come to their next Doha Pearl Academy session!
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