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Curriculum Development
Stage 2

Written by Phil Weaver, UTHS Head Coach and Director of Coaching for EMSSC




  1. Lack of pressure on the man with the ball.
  2. Lack of support for the challenging player.
  3. Failure to track players down.
  4. Giving the ball away.
  5. Set plays.
  1. Pressuring.
  2. Vital moment when the ball changes hands.
  3. The recovery run.
  4. Recovery lines.
  5. The speed of approach to challenge.
  6. The angle of challenge.
  7. Tackling.
  8. Forcing the player outside.
  9. Forcing the player inside.
  10. The importance of staying on your feet.
  11. Preventing opponents from turning with the ball.
  12. Reducing the angles with which through opponents can pass the ball.
  13. Determination.
  14. Team work and fitness
  15. Importance of compactness.


Creating Space: 

  1. The distance of the supporting player from the man with the ball.
  2. The angle of the supporting player from the man with the ball.
  3. When not to support.
  4. The importance of moving in advance of the ball and into the space behind opponents.
Attacking opponents with or without the ball: 
  1. By passing the ball.
  2. Accuracy.
  3. Timing of release.
  4. Pacing of the pass.
  5. Disguise.
  6. By dribbling the ball.
  7. By shooting the ball.
  8. By taking defenders out of good positions and into poor defensive positions.
  9. Running into space beyond opponents in order that the player with the ball has the opportunity to pass the ball past opponents into the space behind them.


  1. Move to meet the pass.
  2. Move into the line of the pass.
  3. When to pass the ball forwards and when to pass the ball backwards.
  4. Accuracy.
  5. Simple passes.
  6. Quick passes.
  7. The importance of disguise.
  8. When to attempt the difficult and when to calculate on the side of risk.
    1. Good technique.
    2. Good judgment.
    3. Confidence.


  1. Don’t run with the ball.
  2. Don’t pass the ball square across the field.
  3. Don’t play long optimistic inaccurate passes.
  4. Don’t present a numerical advantage to the opposition.
            A. When they are fatigued.
            B. When the ball changes hands.
            C. When the game stops. 


  1. Missed opportunities.
  2. Shots off target.
  3. The importance of low shots.
  4. The importance of shots going away from the keeper.
  5. The value of swerving and power shots.
  6. The frequency of bouncing or dropping balls in the penalty area.
  7. The importance of quickness.
  8. The importance of composure.


  1. Setting the wall.
  2. The position of the goal keeper.
  3. How many players in a wall.
  4. Sealing off vital space.
  5. Defense at corners.
  6. Short corners.
  7. The position of the full backs.
  8. Defending the near post.
  9. Defending the far post.
  10. Defending the area between the six yard and eighteen yard lines.
  11. Defending at throws.
  1. Free kicks.
  2. Taking advantage of players in the wall.
  3. Free kicks in the defending half of the field.
  4. Free kicks in the region of the half way line.
  5. Corner kicks.
                   A. Short corners.

                    B.  Long corners.

                    C.  In swinging corners.

                    D. Out swinging corners. 

       6. Throw Ins.

                   A. Taking the throw quickly.

                   B.  Throwing to an unmarked player.

                   C. Throwing the ball forward or backwards.

                   D. Throwing for easy control.

                   E.  Creating sufficient space to make the throw in effective.

                   F.  Getting the thrower back in the game.

                   G.  Good support and team organization. 

A goal keeper has five main areas of responsibility:

1. Dealing with shots.

     A. Stopping shots – holding the ball and knocking the ball away

     B. Narrowing the angle.

     C. Body stance and position. 

2. Dealing with Shots.

     A. When to catch and when to punch.

     B.  Timing and distance to the ball.

     C. The ground route to the ball. 

3. Supporting the defense.

     A. The correct angle.

     B. Supporting the space behind the defense. 

4. Distribution.

     A. Throwing from hand.

     B.  Kicking from hand.

     C. Goal and Free Kicks. 

5. Defending at set plays.

     A. Supporting the defense – communication.

     B. Organization.

     C. Concentration. 


  1. Physical – Strength and agility.
  2. Technical.
  3. Tactical.
  4. Psychological