to the Royals Futbol Club
The Royals Futbol Club is based in Clarksville, Tennessee. We are a Non-Profit Organization formed in 1991 and devoted to promoting the game of soccer and serving over 200 boys and girls in the greater Clarksville area. We are affiliated with Tennessee State Youth Soccer (TSSA), the US Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), which in turn is affiliated with FIFA.
The Royals Futbol Club Development Plan aims to provide the overall strategic framework for the development of our players, parents, coaches & club. Successful clubs have a well defined organizational structure, detailed player and coach development programs, and excellent administration.
The Royals Futbol Club Development Plan covers the following areas:
· Structured program for player development
· Evaluation of players within your club
· Coach Education
· Parent Education
· Recruitment of players and coaches
The following are important elements of the Long Term Development Model:
Age Group & Soccer Age - Players are typically organized by chronological age, however it is essential to consider their soccer age (soccer competence). This is generally regarded as ranging from +/- 2 years of the chronological age.
Player & Coach Assessment - Often it is assumed that players and coaches have attained the skills and knowledge to progress to the next level or age group. Regular assessment with developmental objectives is extremely important in ensuring that players and coaches receive the correct level of instruction and support.
Developmental Focus – The long term development model identifies 5 areas for player development – technical, tactical, social, psychological and physical. Coaching plans should clearly incorporate all 5, with a change in emphasis at each stage.
Coaching Time - The level of coaching exposure players receive correlates significantly to their success in soccer. The long term development model provides recommendations for minimum and maximum coaching hours at each stage of development. Equally important to the players’ development is the quality of coaching.
Training Format - Small sided game formats are extremely effective in developing ball skill and game awareness, as players have increased opportunity to have contact with the ball. In stages 4 and 5 the training format enables coaches to introduce small sided games and phases of play, without the pressures of 11 v 11.
Players Per Session - To determine the appropriate number of players participating in a training session, a coach must consider the players’ stage of development (attentiveness, ability to follow instructions, etc.), organizational considerations, and the focus on individual and team play.