Learning to Train (U10-U12) – 14 hours

Stage 3 of Long Term Player Development, Wellness to World Cup, is called Learning to Train (L2T). L2T is designed for U8 to U11 Female and U9 to U12 Male players. It has also been called “The Golden Age of Learning”.

Children begin to identify with famous players and successful teams, and they want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing.” Players move from self-centered to self-critical, and they have a high stimulation level during basic skills training. This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a training ethic and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning.

Coaches working with young players in this stage are strongly encouraged to enrol in the Learning to Train course. Typically L2T courses have been hosted over a single weekend with some exceptions. Options enabling hosts flexibility to meet the needs of their coaches exist.

The course will provide information on the following:

  • Information on Canadian Soccer Association’s Long Term Player Development model
  • What is the game of Soccer?
  • Laws of the Game
  • Information to help coaches understand the development stage of the players they are working with.
  • How to plan coaching sessions considering the development stage of the players.
  • Consider the safety factors involved in running a coaching session
  • How to manage & plan coaching sessions using appropriate content and methodology.
  • Provide coaches with an online resource that they can use to plan their sessions.
  • Provide coaches with advice they can use to work with players and parents in this stage.
  • Coaches will receive a coach’s workbook and a Certificate of Achievement.

Making Ethical Decisions Competition Introduction

Soccer coaches must complete Make Ethical Decisions Competition Introduction (MED) module in order to complete the Soccer for Life program & gain “Trained” status in the NCCP database. Coaches are only required to complete MED once. Click here for more information about completing MED.