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UNION FC HAS BUILT A TRUE “CLUB”

It’s a place where players, parents, and coaches belong to the club and the club belongs to them. We are not a loose affiliation of teams that play under a common administrative banner; rather, we have built a collaborative atmosphere where youngsters become creative, independent thinkers who can adapt to the demands of the game.

We have instituted a coaching method that is learned from well established national and international coaching programs. Emphasis at the youngest ages is placed on teaching technique: becoming “friends with the ball.” Independent decision-making is nurtured through small-sided games that provide ample opportunities for coaches to coach, and players to experiment and improvise.

Older players are exposed to coaching methods that incorporate Technical and Tactical Functional Training, Group Tactical Games, and of course “match-condition” situations.

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AGE SPECIFIC CURRICULUM

 

BOYS/GIRLS U9-U11

Technical Goals

Beating an Opponent

  • Dribbling – Feinting, Cutting, Change of Pace

  • Passing and Receiving Ground Balls Under Pressure

  • Medium Range Passing

  • Possession

  • Receiving Air Balls

  • Heading Fundamentals

  • Juggling

  • Shooting – Striking moving ball, volley

  • Goalkeeping

 

Tactical Goals

  • Beating an Opponent

  • Possession (When to pass/when to dribble 2v1, 3v2)

  • Defending (1v1, 2v2 and 3v3)

Fitness Goals

  • Agility with and without the ball

  • Speed with the Ball

  • Introduction to Core Strengthening

  • Relays with and without ball for anaerobic fitness

 

BOYS/GIRLS U12-U14

Technical Goals

  • Beating an opponent (Moves & Feints)

  • Passing and Receiving Under Pressure (Air and Ground)

  • Chipping (Lofted, Driven, Bending)

  • Finishing

  • Heading

  • Technical/Tactical Runs

  • Ball Juggling (Partner/Limited Touches)

Tactical Goals

Beating an Opponent

  • 2 v 1, 3 v 2

  • Possession

  • Defending Principles

  • Shape and Rhythm of Play

  • Awareness of thirds (6 v 4, 6 v 5)

  • Goalkeeping

Fitness

  • Agility with and without the ball

  • Exposure to interval training with the ball

  • Speed with the ball

  • Exposure to simple Plyometrics

  • Core Strengthening

 

BOYS/GIRLS ACADEMY U15-U18

Technical Goals

  • Improvisation

  • Passing and Receiving Under Pressure

  • Possession

  • Finishing

  • Heading

  • Individual Defending

Tactical Goals

  • 2v1, 3v2, 8v8 (defending and attacking)

  • Playing with playmaker (rhythm of attack)

  • Attacking Patterns

  • Defending

  • Systems of Play (4-4-2, 4-3-3, etc.)

Fitness Goals

  • Aerobic Base

  • Exposure to Various Tests of Aerobic Fitness

  • Anaerobic Fitness with and without the ball

  • Exposure to Interval Training

  • Speed with the ball

  • Plyometrics

  • Core Strengthening

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