Curriculum2017-11-01T08:19:55+00:00

San Jose Surf Curriculum

Please take a look at the curriculum to see what players are working on within the club at various stages of their development.

Stage 1 | FUNdamentals | U5-U7

Stage 2 | Learning to Train | U8-U10

Stage 3 | Training to Train | U10-U14

Stage 4 | Training to Compete | U14-U16

Stage 5 | Training to Win | U16 & Older

FUNdamentals | Stage 1

U5-U7 Age Group
Training sessions are 60 minutes long. The main areas of focus: movement education, starting the process of learning to master the ball, and developing a love for the game.

  •     Fundamental Motor Skills
  •     Agility, Balance, and Coordination
  •     Introduction to mastering the soccer ball
  •     Individual Technical Ability

Warm up: Activities will focus on body movement that can be done with or without the ball.

Main Activities: The main activities are ball control and individual problem solving. Each session should progress to a 3v3 game to small goals.

  • Example of games: Tag, Sharks & Minnows, Maze Games, move of the day
  • Each session ends with 3v3 or 4v4 games to small goals.

Learning to Train | Stage 2

U8-U10 Age Group
Training sessions are 60-75 minutes long. The main areas of focus: mastering the ball, learning how to train properly, and creating a foundation for team work.

Warm up:  Activities focus on different variations of ball control and continuing to develop body movement.

Main Activities: The main activities are developing ball control while learning how to problem solve individually and with teammates. Players learn several new activities that create a foundation for their training environment as they progress over the years (Learning to Train Phase). Each session ends with small sided games to goals.

Activities: Different variations of passing & dribbling. Each activity can build into higher level variations that help to develop technical abilities & combinational play.

  • Example of games: 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 4v4
  • Games can be played to end lines or with multiple goals.
  • Handball can be played to help teach possession and teamwork

Each session ends with small sided games to goals.

Training to Train | Stage 3

U10-U14 Age Group
Training sessions are 60-90 minutes long. The main areas of focus: continuation of mastering the ball and learning principles of play. Players transition into a Training to Train Phase now that a foundation has been set from previous years of playing. New tactical concepts: Principle of Attacking & Principles of Defending. Several of these principles are very complicated and at this stage of development the focus is creating a foundation based on these principles.

  • Principles of Attacking: Penetration, providing support, movement off the ball, width & depth, and improvisation/creativity.
  • Principles of Defending: pressure & cover, delaying, balance/team shape, compactness, control & restraint (not diving in), and counter attack.

Warm up: Games or activities that work on different variations of ball control and team problem solving.

Main Activities: Games focus on individual and team problem solving. Players work on mastering activities learned from previous years and expanding on those activities with more complexity.  Each session should end with small sided games to goals.

Activities: Different variations of passing & dribbling. Each activity will be building into higher level variations to improve technical abilities, combinational play, and problem solving.

  • Example of games: 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 4v3, 6v6
  • Games can be played to end lines or with multiple goals (4 or 6 goal games).
  • Possession games with and without neutral players
  • Introducing principles of attacking & defending
    • Switching the point of attack, playing out of the back, width & depth
    • pressure and cover, where to force the ball, not diving in.

Each session ends with small sided games to goals.

Training to Compete | Stage 4

U14-U16 Age Group
Training sessions are 75-90 minutes long. The main areas of focus: developing tactical concepts of the game while continuing to develop technical abilities. Training sessions will be similar from the previous stage with the areas of focus becoming more complex.

Areas of Focus

Formation & Style of Play

  • Players will learn to play in various formations: 4-3-3, 3-5-2, 4-4-2, etc.
  • Players will learn to play an Attacking/Possession based style of soccer.
Attacking & Defending
Attacking Shape
– Width & Depth
– Off the ball movement
– Ball Movement / Pattern Play
– Various ways to attackDifferent ways of attack
– Down the flank
– Weak side
– Outside to the middle
– Crossing & finishing
– Combination play to goal
– Counter attack
– 1v1 to goal
Defensive Shape
– Pressure, cover, & balance
– Defending from front line to the back line
– Areas to force the ball
– Delay / RecoverDefending as team
– Defensive Shape
– Pressure, cover, and balance
– Zonal Defending
– Defending from the front to the back
– Pressing as a team
– How to delay and recover as a team
– Line of confrontation
– Using offsides & spacing to aid in defense

Training to Win | Stage 5

U16 & Older
Training sessions are 75-90 minutes long. The final phase of player preparation aims to maximize player performance in all aspects of the game. A player’s capacities are becoming fully established while training to peak for major competitions. Training is characterized by high intensity and relatively high volume with frequent periods of rest.

Areas of Focus in addition to Training to Compete Phase

  •     Ability to improvise within game situations
  •     Independent decision-making
  •     Further development and refinement of soccer specific skills
  •     Automatic and consistent performance of soccer specific skills
  •     Development of effective competition strategies and ability to adjust within games
  •     Successful tactics, strategies, and necessary variations needed to win games
  •     The importance of variation/options on set-pieces in attack & defense
  •     Maintenance of physical capabilities with the view of maximizing performance
  •     Well-developed, refined and individualized mental skills and routines
  •     Frequent prophylactic (preventative) breaks