Do soccer players need to take breaks from soccer?
Yes. Not only do you need time off during the winter but also during the regular season.
How does our club define "time off"?
Sometimes, time off means time off from a regular club training schedule and replaced with something a little different to change things up a bit. It is also okay for a player to take the whole time off. In those cases, it would be very beneficial to participate in some form of athletic program or sport to keep up a high fitness level.
Does taking part in the Winter Training program mean no break?
No. During the winter training months of November, December, and January there are plenty of opportunities for breaks. The weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years offer breaks. In most cases, the schedule for winter training and small-sided leagues or tournaments is less demanding than a regular schedule.
What about indoor soccer leagues without a structured curriculum?
There is nothing wrong with playing indoor and finding a few futsal tournaments to play in over the winter months. However, a fast-paced technical session or program can and will speed up their speed of play for the spring faster than playing one or two indoor games a week.
What are the primary benefits of Winter Series training with CFC Academy?
Soccer training at the youth level MUST be positive. If your training environment is positive youth players will train harder and become much more effective soccer players. Also, an environment where players are encouraged to take chances and failing is only an act of learning. In a positive learning environment players become comfortable with being uncomfortable and accept failure as part of the learning process. By failing a time or two one can learn from those mistakes. During these sessions, players will develop confidence, thinking skills, and hopefully become players who will experiment on the field to do amazing things. Sessions concentrate totally on developing players, encouraging players to take chances, and helping players to mentally seek challenges where they may fail, but will be positively encouraged to try again. Players who are afraid to make mistakes and do not experiment end up playing without skill and technical flair.
These sessions include exercises that engage the brain, require constant scanning of the field, emphasize movement in different directions, as well as passing and receiving on the move. This structure provides technical excellence in an environment where the brain is receiving multiple variables and conflicting information. This training leads to tremendous increases in speed of play where players must perform in tight spaces under severe opponent pressure. These sessions over the winter months are for players looking to improve their technical ability and decision making on the soccer field.
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