U14 Training Resources

General Characteristics of the U-14 Age Group

From US Youth Soccer Player Development Model:

  • The more advanced U-14 players are able to execute the range of skills, but most others are still developing previously taught skills and are now being exposed to these additional skill
  • Important psychosocial implications for a child entering puberty – early or late
  • Popularity influences self-esteem
  • Tests limits - a know-it-all attitude
  • Fertile period to learn – full of eagerness
  • Tend to be quite self-critical and may need regular positive reinforcement
  • Bodies are going through physical changes that affect personal appearance
  • There will be significant differences in physical maturation rates between individuals
  • Rapid growth spurts of the skeleton leave ligaments, tendons and muscles catching up, so coordination and balance are astray. Temporary gangly movement may result in a loss of touch on the ball. Players do not always make the connection between their growth spurt and the temporary loss of form; they need help realizing that everything will come back into synch in sixto 18 months.

The components of the game are the building blocks of player development. Coach and player must
work jointly throughout a player’s career to reinforce and add to these building blocks. The core goal is a
well-rounded player. 

Typical U-14 Training Session

  • Should not exceed one hour and 30 minutes
  • Warm up, small group activities, range of motion stretching -approximately 15 minutes-
  • Introduce large group/team activities (six to eight players)
  • Continue with directional games. Play to targets and/or zones -approximately 30 minutes-
  • Conclude with small-sided games or 11v11 -approximately 35 minutes-
  • Finish with cool-down activity, including static stretching-approximately 10 minutes-
  • All activities should be challenging, motivating and involve transition

Coach’s qualities: strong personality, soccer knowledgeable, managerial know how and enthusiasm.