Ascot Park Primary School Specialist Soccer program is offered to both external and internal students from years 2-6.
Students of all ability levels can apply to be apart of the Specialist Soccer Program. If successful, students will be selected into the appropriate skill levelled program; Advanced, Intermediate or Development. Program groups are kept to a 12 students maximum to allow 1-on-1 individualised coaching for each athlete.
All programs are run by highly qualified and professional coaches and plan and implement high-level programs, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and FFSA training development programs.
The Football program is based on the Football Federation Australia National Curriculum. The program will focus on the Skill Acquisition Phase in particular developing the four core functional game skills when in possession of the ball.
- Striking the Ball– This includes all forms of striking the ball such as short/long passing, shooting and crossing
- First Touch– Controlling the ball with all allowed body parts.
- 1v1– All moves, feints and accelerations to get past and away for an opponent. Defensive strategies and techniques.
- Running with the ball– At speed (with a lot of space) or ‘dribbling’ (in tight areas), this includes techniques for protecting the ball and changing direction.
Training Session Outline
In every session the focus is on one of the core skills, from beginning until the end of the session. The Skill Acquisition session consists of 3 components:
Skill Introduction– this is the warm up as well as an introduction to the designated core skill for the session.
Skill Training– this is the part of the session where conscious teaching and learning of the designated core skill takes place.
Skill Game– A game where as much as possible all the elements of the real game are present in an organised way that the designated core skill has to be used regularly.
It is also important to note that decision making, awareness, game insight and problem solving are core components of all sessions and form an important part of learning.