Canada Soccer released today, ahead of the 2015 soccer season, the first of three player development resources, the Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage One – Active Start (for U-4 to U-6 players). The document, available for free download online at canadasoccer.com/pathway, contains the perfect starter set for volunteer coaches and parents looking to offer their players the best possible soccer experience and get the kids to fall in love with the beautiful game.
The Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage One – Active Start contains guiding fundamentals of the role of the coach and some coaching tips. Most importantly, the Coach’s Tool Kit explains the Canada Soccer Pathway Preferred Training Model that allows training sessions to be tailored to a team’s individual needs and available facilities while focusing on developing well-rounded players with a strong foundation in physical literacy, solid soccer skills and, hopefully, an enduring love of the game. Finally, the Coach’s Tool Kit offers a series of drills and games that coaches can use to build their perfect session, following the preferred training model of station work.
“Building on the expert work that had been done in developing LTPD Volume 1 and 2, we are pleased to introduce the Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kit: Stage One – Active Start,” said Tony Fonseca, Canada Soccer Technical Director. “We are confident this is the type of resource – player-centric, focused on small-sided games designed to improve technical ability, maximize enjoyment and encourage lifelong participation, regardless of age, gender or ability – the Canadian soccer community needs at this time to ensure that grassroots youth programming based on the principles of LTPD is fully embraced and universally adopted from coast to coast.”
The 64-page handbook is the first of three that will be released this October, in both English and French; Canada Soccer Pathway Coach’s Tool Kits will also be launched for Stage Two – FUNdamentals and Stage Three – Learning to Train. The French version of this first Tool Kit is expected next week.
Additional skills, exercises and drills will be added regularly to the canadasoccer.com/pathway website and a community sourced library is also in the works, where parents, coaches, clubs and technical directors from across the country will be able to submit their favourite training sessions and activities and see them featured on the website.
Canada Soccer is also working on additional Canada Soccer Pathway resources to complement these Coach’s Tool Kits and the Long-Term Player Development Community Guide released earlier this summer, including videos and interactive diagrams.
The Canada Soccer Pathway provides a roadmap for players of all ages and aspirations who want to play soccer at the recreational, competitive or high performance EXCEL levels, with the aim of encouraging lifelong participation. The Pathway is built around the principles of Long-Term Player Development, a model of athlete development that is designed to give players an optimal soccer experience at every stage by putting their needs front and centre. For more information and resources on the Canada Soccer Pathway, visit canadasoccer.com/pathway.