Legacy Football Club
We at Legacy Football Club believe 100% in the development of the student/athlete. Our players participate in 2-3 days a week of team training. It is in these team training sessions that go from 1.5- 2 hours in duration that the technical aspect of the game is pushed onto our players. Our coaching staff is of high quality with the most up to date coaching qualifications from US Soccer, NSCAA, Coerver Coaching and Positive Coaching Alliance.
The great thing about being in a club environment and having a club culture is that we are able to have “Club Training” on Saturday morning (when teams do not have a game). These sessions allow for coaches to utilize to what their team needs are; scrimmaging against another Legacy F.C team, continue to work on what they did the previous week in practice, work on the tactical side of the game (positions, new formations, set plays ect).
The way our practices for all our players and teams is structured and broken down by the following:
· Warm Up: Both with and without the ball. An emphasis is placed in a structured ACL prevention warm up so that our players understand the importance of keeping their body in tip top shape for the duration of their career so they are able to continue to play for as long as their body allows them. It is also in our warm up that we incorporate the teaching methods from Coerver Coaching. Our players in the 15-20 minutes that they are in their warm up will gain between 300-600 touches on the ball- 1:1 ball ratio is used here! Our coaches in this part of the training sessions introduce the theme of the days training session. Here is where the technique of the theme in explained and demonstrated under limited pressure to allow for success. This is usually 1v1 and/or 2v2/2v1 situations, allowing for either numbers up or numbers down depending upon what side of the game is being taught (attacking or defending).
· Small-Sided Stage: This is where our coaches build on what they spoke about with their players in the warm up. This part of the training session expands on the warm up. More numbers are introduced here as well as more pressure. In this stage of the session it can either be directional or non-directional. The bulk of the teaching is done in this and the expanded small-sided stages. This stage allows for a lot of teaching, so stoppages are occurring so to allow coaches to teach, give instruction/examples and answer questions.
· Expanded Small-Sided Stage: This is where our sessions really start to mimic the game as they are directional (going to goal- attacking one way, defending the other). Player numbers around the ball increase and the tactical side of the game is emphasized. This stage allows for a lot of teaching, so stoppages are occurring so to allow coaches to teach, give instruction/examples and answer questions.
· Game: Here is where we allow our players to just play. Numbers are 6v6 to 11v11, depending on roster size, field space and age group match conditions. We encourage what players have been taught in the previous stages to use here. In this stage match conditions are used (throw ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, kick offs ect).