Each player will go into one of the phases below depending on their age.
PHASE ONE: 4-6 years old:
Developing “First Skills”: Learning through Fun
PHASE TWO: 7-11:
Developing “Core Skills”: Improving the Individual
PHASE THREE: 12-16:
Developing “Team”: Developing an effective team player
WHAT WE TEACH, THE PYRAMID OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT ©1997
BALL MASTERY: The Foundation
The touch, control and confidence that affects every other part of the pyramid. This teaches hard work & self-responsibility.
RECEIVING & PASSING: The Teamwork Skills
Without them little is possible. This teaches communication.
1v1 MOVES: Individual Skills
To keep possession and create space & time to Pass, Run or Shoot. This teaches confidence & creativity.
SPEED: Mental and Physical Speed
With and without the ball. Acceleration. Reaction. Decision Making. This teaches competitiveness.
FINISHING: Scoring skills around the box
Focus. Timing. Courage. Concentration. This teaches responsibility.
GROUP PLAY: Putting it all together
Small group defence. Fast break attack. Combination play. This teaches team work.
- Coaches should try to develop the person as well as the player.
- Encouraging an attacking mind-set where hard work and commitment to the team is the priority.
- That the success of any team system, tactic or formation ultimately depends on the quality of the individual player skills and the effectiveness of their small group play.
- Ball Mastery is the Foundation of our curriculum.
- We teach every player the Coerver Code.
Star Teams and Players provide excellent models for teaching and inspiring young players.
Coerver Coaching was founded in 1984 by Alf Galustian and former Chelsea great Charlie Cooke who were both inspired by the philosophy of legendary Dutch coach Wiel Coerver. Together they developed a programme of teaching that was unlike anything else available then or now.
Alf and Charlie’s dedication to the game and extensive experience has formed the backbone to the business and made Coerver what it is today – a respected, established and sought after brand of football coaching which has revolutionised the way football is taught and learnt by players and coaches alike.