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2012 03.29 - About the Progression ManualThese books are designed to give our entire club a common Rush Way to Play and Rush Way to Teach. As we continue to gRush Competitive Uniform Logo - White Backgroundrow, it is imperative that communications within our organization are streamlined and efficient. The coaching philosophy, or the "Rush Way", found in these manuals is certainly not inclusive of all soccer matters, yet it provides us with a framework for us to build off of.

As you thumb through this book, keep in mind that our desire is for you as the coach to use this material to develop both the individual and your team. You will find that some of the exercises work for one coach, but will not work for another – select ones that work for you! Adding your own variations to the exercises will allow you to personalize your practices with your own flair and style.

Be mindful of the fact that our goal at Rush Soccer is to develop players. We define a player as not just an athlete who wins first place medals, but as someone who possesses solid character traits such our core values.

In closing, the Rush coaching staff is dedicated to educating the player and allowing him/her to develop to the height of their potential. The Rush Progression Manual will move us toward this aim. Go Rush!


How To Apply  These folders are a series of training sessions to appropriately progress our players.  Each volume is designed for a specific set of age groups:
         Age

Division

Table of Contents

(For individual printing of Doc.'s) 

Volume

(For completed Books)

Expectations

Summary

Coaching U6’s, U7’s, U8’s

Micro Division

Micro Division Table of Contents

      Volume I Expectations

Summary

Coaching U9’s, U10’s

Bantam Division

Bantam Divison Table of Contents

     Volume IIExpectations

Summary

Coaching U11’s, U12’s, U13’s

Youth Division

     Youth Division

Youth Division Table of Contents

    Volume IIIExpectations

Summary

Coaching U14’s, U15’s

Junior Division

     Junior Division

Junior Division Table of Contents

    Volume IV

Expectations

Summary

Coaching U16’s, U17’s

Senior Division

     Senior Division

Senior Division Table of Contents

    Volume VExpectations

Summary

In each volume, there is a series of nine (9) categories: A. Ball Control, B. Dribbling, C. Finishing, D. Passing, E. Receiving, F. Challenging, G. Heading, H. Attacking, I. Defending.

Each training session or category will have a topic. For example, if your category is ‘Attacking’, your topic might be ‘Going from the Midfield 1/3 to the Attacking 1/3 of the Field’. Each training session will traditionally have four progressive exercises. Typically, you choose a topic and focus on that topic throughout the training session. As you move through the training session, the session should gradually become more complex. Finally, during the final exercise, allow your players to try their techniques in a game setting. Variations and deviations at any time are certainly acceptable, and breaking up the routine is encouraged. Mixing and matching the various progressions is also encouraged. Doing this affords the coach literally thousands of possible combinations to apply.

When a coach feels that the players and/or team are comfortable with a session, the coach may progress to the subsequent progression level. For example, if a U6 coach masters the “Dribbling” session with his/her team, he/she can progress to the “Dribbling” session aligned with U7 teams. Likewise, if a particular session is too advanced for a coach’s team, he/she may regress a year. Having stated that most sessions should be designed and applicable for 6 year olds and 17 year olds alike. By tweaking the demands emphasized during the training session, a coach can use just about any training session for his/her team. Please keep in mind that players develop physically, psychologically and socially at different rates. Also keep in mind that a first-year player at age 15 is probably not as advanced as a 12 year-old that has 6 years of playing experience. The 12 year-old has more of what we call “soccer maturity”. Therefore, coaches must be able to possess a “technical eye” and assess each player and team’s ability and adjust accordingly.

When you are unsure of where a particular session is located, try using the index. The index list a series of subjects to help you locate the particular exercise you are looking for.

Additional points to be aware of:

Complementing excerices & Games
Pick Ups
Fun Games
Ball Gymnastics
Footwork
Juggling & Tricks
Games with Restrictions
  • If there is terminology you do not understand, see the Glossary.
  • Large group sessions are geared towards a 3-5-2 formation and style.
  • The team you are focusing on when the opposition is involved shall be listed first. For example, in an 8v7 the focus should be on the 8.
  • On your Session Plan, the team you are working with shall be dark.
  • On your Session Plan, the team you shall be working with shall be on the right when working landscape, or on the bottom of the page working up when working portrait.  
  • To assist you trying to look for a particular training session electronically, see the bottom left-hand corner for the manual number and document number i.e., this document is 310 05 HOW TO APPLY.

Good Luck and have some fun!


Flow Chart U6 Through U10

The below Flow Chart contains nine categories. With in each category the Rush has designed training sessions for ages U6 through U17. Each training session has been given a topic which has four exercises to establish a progression. The four exercises are described in each box to give you an idea of what each exercise entails.  You may also find the sessions and other material through these Age Division Table of Contents: Micro Division Table of Contents; Bantam Divsion Table of Contents; Youth Divsion Table of Contents; Junior Division Table of Contents; Senior Division Table of Contents.

                    Micro Division (Volume I)                                       Bantam Division (Volume II)        

A. Ball Control

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Footwork

Footwork

Footwork

Footwork

Footwork

1

Juggling U6

Juggling U7

Juggling U8

Juggling U9

Footwork 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Juggling U10

2

Foot work 1,2,3,4

Foot Work 5,6,7,8

Foot Work 9,10,11,12

Shielding

Foot Work 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

3

Crazy Box Dribblle (Entropy)

Crab Soccer

Sharks & Minnows

4 Goal Game on Common End Line w/ 2 Balls

1v1 Common Ball

4

3v3

6v6 w/ 2 Balls

3v3 Line Soccer

6v6 Small Goals

6v6 Line Soccer

 

B. Dribbling

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Avoiding

Moves

Moves

Carrying

Technique

1

Defrost Game

Footwork 5,6,7,8

Footwork: 9,10,11,12,

Footwork 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

In 2’S 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

2

Dribble Tag

Move on Cone

Move on Man

In 3’s Dribble Up and Back

Dribbling in Two’s

3

Slalom Multiple Cones

4v4 Line Soccer

Moving Goal  

Carrying:

1v0 w/ GK’s; 1v1   Chase

6v6 Triangle Big Goals w/ Neutral   Area

4

3v3

3v3

3v3   Line Soccer

5v5 w/ GK’s

5v5 w/ GK’s

 

C. Finishing

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Scoring

Scoring

Shooting

1v1 & 2v1

From the Flank

1

Top Gun

Pac-man

Cones and Shoot

Finishing: Different Shots

Instep, Side Foot, Bent,

2

Numbers Game

Fortress

Turning Finishing

1v1 Two Big Goals

Cross /Overlap

3

Four Goal Game

3v0 to Goal

World Cup

2v1 Big Goals: Lines on   Opposite Sides

3v2 in the Box

4

3v3

3v3

3v3

5v5 w/ GK’s

5v5 GK’s

 

D. Passing

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Technique

Technique

Technique

Choices

Pass and Shoot

1

In 2’s

In 2’s

Ball Gymnastics & In 2’s

3v1

5v2

2

Gate Passing

Golf

3v0 Box Passing

Toss in Two’s Brazil

Pass/Shot 5 in a Row

3

1v1+1

Marbles

4v4 Windows

8vWalking

Zone Game (Pass in Zone for Point)

4

3v3

4v4 + 2

Hockey Style

5v5 w/ GK’s

5v5 Small Goals

 

E. Receiving

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

1st   Touch

1st   Touch

1st   Touch

Technique

Trap and Shoot

1

In 2’s

In 2’s

4v4 Windows

Juggle Twice and Different Traps

In 3’s

2

In 2’s to Goal

Self -Toss

Multiple Goals

2 Lines: Pass & Run to the   End /Pass & Run to Opposite Line/Take Over/ Wall Pass

Pass/Trap/Shot 5 in a Row

3

3v0 Pattern Play

In 2’s Toss

4v0

Patterns w/ Shot

Patterns w/ Shot

4

3v3

4v0/4v4

4v4

Hockey Style Game

5v5 w/ GK’s

 

F. Challenging

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Winning the Ball

Shielding

Intro to Tackling

1v1 Defending

Tackling

1

Numbers Game

Shielding

Standing Block Tackle

1v1 Shadow

Standing Block

2

Sharks and Minnows

Knockout

Block Shielding

1v1 Big Goal

1v1 GK’s One Goal

3

Knockout

Numbers Game

1v1 Lane Game

1v1 Two Goals

2v2 GK’s One Goal

4

3v3

3v3

3v3

5v5 w/ GK’s

5v5 w/ GK’s

 

G. Heading

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Fun Games

Intro to Heading

Heading

Technique

Heading to Goal

1

Partner Soccer

Ball Gymnastics & Heading

Heading

In 2’s for Partner Throws

In Two’s Brazil:   All Body Parts

2

Musical Chairs

Juggling Circle

Juggling Circle

Head to Goal

2v2 Competition for Scoring in a Small Goal

3

Defrost Game

Head Catch Game

Head Catch Game

6v6 Small Goals

Light Punt

4

2 Ball Soccer

3v3

6v6 2 Balls

Fun Game

5v5 w/ GK’s

 

H. Attacking

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Dribbling

Intro to Combinations

Combinations

Creating Shots

Wall Pass

1

Defrost Game

2v0 to Goal

4v4 Walk Soccer

Fight Free 1 Grid

Wall Pass

2

Dribble Tag

Wall Pass Around Cone

1v1+2

Take Over w/ Shot

Wall w/ 2 “bumpers”

3

Slalom

Take Over & Go to Goal

4v0 Patterns

7v0 Pattern Play; Finish w/ a Shot on Goal

4v2 Going to Goal

4

3v3

3v3 Walk Soccer/3v3

4v4

5v5 w/ GK’s

5v5 w/ GK’S

 

I. Defending

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

 

Games

Games

1v1 Defending

Introduction

Delaying

1

Gauntlet

Fortress

1v1 Common Goal

2v1 Keep Away

In 2’s ; 1v1 Passive

2

Snake Tag

1v1 Keep Away

1v1 Line Soccer

1v2 One Direction

1v1 Line Soccer

3

Knockout

6v6 Line Soccer

Numbers Game

1v1 w/ Floaters

2v2 GK’s

4

3v3

6v6 2 Balls

3v3

5v5 w/ GK’S

5v5 w/ GK’S

 

 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

Game

45 MIN.

1 HOUR

1 ¼ HOUR

1 ¼ HOUR

1 ¼ HOUR

Size

3 v 3 (2)

4 v 4 (2)

4 v 4 (2)

8 v 8

8 v 8

Pract.

8 – 9

10 – 11

10 – 11

12 – 13

12 – 13

 


Flow Chart U11 Through U17

The below Flow Chart contains nine categories. With in each category the Rush has designed training sessions for ages U6 through U17. Each training session has been given a topic which has four exercises to establish a progression. The four exercises are described in each box to give you an idea of what each exercise entails.

                      Youth Division (Volume III)                      Junior Division (Volume IV)    Senior Division (Volume V)          

A. Ball Control

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

Individual Skills

Individual Skills

Individual Skills

Carrying

Tight Dribbling

Creativity

Hockey Style

1

Juggling U11

Juggling U12

Juggling U13

Juggling U14

Juggling U15

Juggling U16

Juggling U17

2

Footwork 23,24,25,26,27

Footwork 28,29,30,31,32,33

Footwork 34,35,36,37,38

Dribbling Races

1v1 Common Goal

Passing w/ Tricks

1v2

3

Self Throws

1v1 Small Goals

8v8 Triangle Goals

Multiple Goals

1v2 Common Goal

3v3 Competition

2v1

4

8v8 Small Goal Game

2 Big Goals; 2 Small Goals

4 Goal Game

Two Ball Soccer

4 Goal Game

Soccer Tennis, 3v3

9v9 Hockey Style

B. Dribbling

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

Shielding

Avoiding Pressure

Carrying

Attacking

Posting Up

Dribble and Cross

Dribble &   Finish

1

Footwork 23,24,25,26,27

Shadow Dribbling

Giant Slalom

1v1 Fight Free Zones

Move and a Shot

Dribbling in Lines

Run & Finish

2

Shielding

1v2 Transition

2v1 Fight Free

4v4 in the Box + 4 & 4

1v1 in a Grid

Move on Flank & Cross

Run & Finish w/   Defender

3

Take Over ; Fake Take Over; 2v1  

1v1 Big Goal and Outside the Box

1v1 Breakaways

8v8/1v1

1v1 Forward Posting Up

Combine, Dribble & Cross

8v8 w/ Breakaways

4

4v4 Small Goals

7v7 w/ GK’s

7v7 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s Common Goal

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

C. Finishing

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

1 Touch

Technical   Functional Finishing

Volleys, ½ Volley,   Full Volley

Finishing Off   Crosses

Long Distance Shooting

T.T.F. Training for Strikers

T.F. Training

1

Different Types of Shots

Box on Box    5v5

Volleys- ½ Volleys- Full Volleys

Side Volley, Side Bike, Bike

Knuckle; “3-toed”; Over Spin

Patterns

Volley/Catch/Throw

2

3v2 In the Box

2 Lines on Right Post

Crossing & Finishing w/   One Runner

Crossing & Finishing

3v2/2v3

2v3/3v2

T. F. Training

3

3v2 /2v3 Box on Box

Two GK’s Turn and Go 1v1

Crossing & Finishing w/ Two Runners

4v4 Competition w/ GK’s

3v2/2v3 w/ Crossover

2v3/3v2 w/ Crossover

5v5 w/ Bumpers

4

5v5 w/ GK’s; Box   on Box

Crossing

4v4 Box on Box w/ Bumpers

Shooting Contest

8v8 w/ GK’s;

8v8 w/ GK’s

5 v5 Winner Holds the Floor

 

  

D. Passing

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

3 Player Combinatoins

Direct Play

Attacking 3rd  

Combination Play

Possession

Training the Play Maker

Switching the Attack

1

3 Player Combinations

Long Balls In 4’s

7v7 w/ GK’s

Combination Play in 3’s

6v2 w/ Transition

Passing in Two’s

T.F. Backs/ Mids

2

2v2 w/ Bumpers

3v3 + Targets

Patterns in the Attacking 3rd

Patterns in Attacking1/3

8v3/3v8 2 Zones

5v3 +1

9v7 Working w/ the Mids &   Fwds;

3

5v5+2 Neutral (N)  

6v6 + Targets

Triangle Passing  

Patterns w/ Defenders

6v6v6

8v8 w/ 2 Player Makers

8v10

4

7v0 Pattern Play

7v7 w/ GK’s

7v7 w/ GK’s

Cool Down

8v8 Small Sided Game

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

  

E. Receiving

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

Receiving Ground   Balls

2 Touch Finishing

Receiving out of   the Air

Games

Turning

Direct Play

Playing Out of Defensive   3rd

1

4v2, 2-touch

Turn and Shoot

In 2’s Receiving Air Balls

Chip & Juggle 3 Times

Turning In 3’s

11v11 Find Target (T)

Receive & Play Out of Back

2

In 3’s: Short, Short , Long

Square Touch, 2-touch in Box, Step-over

3v3 + 3v3 w/ 3 Zones

Horse Shoes

2v2 in a Grid + 2 on the Exterior

11v11 Target Under 3

Receive & Play Out Under Pressure

3

8v8 Hockey Style, 2-touch

Receive off a Cross, 2-touch Shot

7v7 w/ GK’s

8v8 Keep Away w/ GK’s

6v6 w/ 2+2 on the Exterior   Keep Away

11v11 Target & Join

Receive & Switch the Point of Attack

4

11v0 Patterns 2-touch

7v7 w/ GK’s

7v7 w/ GK’s

Two Touch Tennis 1v1

8v8 w/ Two Small Goals

11v11

8v8 w/ GK’s

  

F. Challenging

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

Tackling

Pressure & Cover

Balance

Transition D-O

Rhythm of Play

T.F. Training Backs

Midfield Defending

1

Slide Tackling

Tackling: Two Footed & Sweep

Pressure 1v1 w/ GK’s

1v2 w/ GK’s

2v2 w/ Floaters

Clearing/Challenging Balls from Midfield

1v1 Fast & Tight

2

1st Defender 1v1 w/ Lanes

2nd Defender 2v2

Pressure and Cover 2v2 w/ GK’s

2v3 w/ GK’s

3v3 w/ Floaters

4v4 Balls in Behind

7v8 No Transition

3

1st Defender

7v7/1v1

8v8 Line Soccer

Pressure, Cover, and Balance 5v5 w/ GK’s

3 v 4 w/ GK’s

8v8 (Knee)

8v8 Small Sided Everyone on Own Half

7v8 w/ 3 Goals

4

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 Small Sided

Defending 8v8 w/ GK’s

8 v 8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

9v9 Small Sided

11v11 Normal Game

G. Heading

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

Technique

Heading to Goal

Near, Far &   Trailer w/ Defenders

Defensive Heading

Technical Functional   Training

T.F. Training

Crossing Off of 1-Touch

1

Head /Catch /Throw

Head Juggling: 1 Touch, 2 Touch

N & F Post w/   Defenders

Heading in 2 Lines

Team Head Soccer Tennis

“Lay Up”

Calisthenics & Heading

2

Windows

In 3’s: Short/Short/ Long Heading

N & F Post   w/ Def. add Overlap

3v3+3v3 w/ 2 Lanes

N, F & T w/ 2D’s; w/ Takeover

Functional

Patterns 8v6

3

Defensive Heading

Near and Far Post

N, F & Trailer w/ 2D

2v1 Lane on the Flanks

Patterns 8v8 w/ GK’s

9v9 Small Sided, One Touch

Lane Game

4

7v7 w/ GK’s

7v7 w/ GK’s

Patterns 8v6

8v8 w/ GK’s

Crossing & Finishing Off of 2 -Touch

9v9 Small Sided

Crossing Off of 1 -Touch

H. Attacking

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

Set Pieces

Team Shape

4-4-2 & 4-3-3   Formations

Playing Out of the   Back

Playing in Mid to   Attacking 1/3

Situational

Up a Goal, Down a   Goal

1

11v4 Walk Through

11v4 Walk Through

11v4 Walk Through, 4-4-2

Def 1/3 to Mid 1/3

Walk Through

Mid 1/3 to Att 1/3 Walk Through

Transition D-O

Warm Up “The Rush Way”

2

11v11 w/ Stoppages

11v11 w/ Stoppages

11v11 Normal Game, 4-4-2

Def 1/3 to Mid 1/3

Target

Mid 1/3 to Att.1/3

No Transition

Counter Attack

Up a Goal ,

Down a Goal w/ Coaches

3

11v11 w/ Coach on Field

11v11 Coach on Field

11v4 Walk Through, 4-3-3

Def 1/3 to Mid 1/3

Target & Join

Mid 1/3 to Att 1/3 to Goal

11v11 Beating a Trap

Up a Goal,

Down a Goal w/ Ref

4

11v11 Coach off Field

11v11 Coach off Field

11v11 Normal Game, 4-3-3

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

11v11 Normal Game

11v11 Normal Game

I. Defending

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

 

Set Pieces

Team Shape

4-4-2 & 4-3-3   Formations

Defending in the   Defensive 1/3

Mid to Attacking   1/3 Defending

Transition Defense to Offense

Line of Defense

1

11v4 Walk Through

11v4 Walk Through

11v4 Walk Through, 4-4-2

Defending in the Defensive 1/3 Walk Through

Mid 1/3 to Att 1/3 Walk Through

9v7 w/ GK’s No Transition

1v1 Shadow Defending

2

11 v11 w/ Stoppages

11v11 w/ Stoppages

11v11 Normal Game, 4-4-2

Def ending in the Defensive 1/3 Target

Mid 1/3 to Att 1/3

No Transition

9v7 w/ GK’s 2 1-Touch Passes

9v9 Possession Game

3

11v11 Coach on Field

11v11 Coach During Flow

11v4 Walk Through, 4-3-3

Defending in the Defensive 1/3 Target & Join

Mid 1/3 to Att 1/3 to Goal

9v7 w/ GK’s to Target &   Join

8v8 w/ GK’s + 2 N’s

 

4

11v11 Coach off Field

Team Shape 11v11 Normal Game

11v11 Normal Game, 4-3-3

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

8v8 w/ GK’s

11v11 Normal Game

 

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17

Pract.

1 ½ Hrs.

1 ½ Hrs.

1 ½ Hrs.

1 ½ Hrs.

1 ½ Hrs.

1 ¾ Hrs.

1 ¾ Hrs.

Game

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

Size

16

16

16

18

18

18

18

  

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