Thursday, March 27, 2014

PWSI Initiatives | Curriculum Implementation

Without a clear destination it is impossible to develop a plan to get there! 

In our coaches' meeting a few weeks ago we established/confirmed the principles that are critical for our coaches to develop and implement with the players and teams:
  • Highly technical players, especially in possession and ball striking
    Fullback getting forward and creating a set piece
  • Zonal back 4
  • A defined screen/pivot 
  • Target capable of playing with back to goal and adding players into attack
  • Mobile and active attacking players
  • Press defending capable of creating chaos and winning back immediate possession
  • System that promotes fullbacks getting forward
With those principles in mind we have established the PWSI Spring 2014 Curriculum as a road map for our coaches. The curriculum relies heavily on the U.S. Soccer Curriculum and its 'Content Distribution by Age'.

I have divided the season into 2-week micro-cycles instead of weekly cycles for a few reasons:
  • Provide flexibility within each cycle for coaches to address immediate needs while still following the curriculum
  • Allow for a repeat of activities to focus more on coaching points instead of facilitating the session
  • Allow for one repeat session in each cycle to provide immediate feedback for coaches to reflect on what worked in a given session and/or how they may improve
  • Mitigate the loss of tactical gains in each session through immediate repetition
Defensive Midfielder and Center Back | 2v2 Defending
In our continued effort to communicate our vision I am sharing our curriculum with our membership.

A thank you to the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy for allowing me to carry forward and share much of the intellectual property developed by their Directors.



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Mike Cullina
Technical Director
Prince William Courge
@mikecullina