Welcome to the CFC Academy
Cobb Futbol Club offers Academy level soccer teams for both boys and girls at under 9 (U9), under 10 (U10), under 11 (U11), and under 12 (U12) years old. The goal of the program is to prepare our players for Select level soccer by developing their technical and tactical skills in a high quality training and playing environment where an enthusiasm for, and a commitment to, the game is nurtured and rewarded.
The Cobb FC academy curriculum for player development reflects the view that the game of soccer is played best when developed as a series of technical combinations between two, three, and sometimes four players, and that true team success turns on individual player performances – 1 ball and 1 player. The curriculum has as its core the “Coerver Pyramid of Player Development”, which provides a unique and logical approach to the development of young players.
• Ball Mastery: Ball mastery is the basic building block for soccer development. Players go through a variety of 1 player/1 ball exercises to help develop their technical abilities and build confidence when in possession of the ball during a game.
• Penetration of the Defense using Moves (1 v 1): After the ball mastery element of player development has been accomplished, the next step in a player’s development is to utilize these learned techniques in a competitive situation. It is as this stage that we begin to introduce the tactical (decision-making) element of soccer. By introducing a defender into the environment we are obliging the player to make decisions about which move to use to best create time and space away from the opponent.
• Penetration and Support (2 v 2): Building on the skills learned in the 1v1 level, the 2vs.2 level develops the decision making process a little further. The player in possession of the ball now faces the decision as to whether to take the ball him/herself (and thus recreate the 1vs.1 situation above), or pass the ball to a teammate. The 2vs.2 environment recreates many of the decisions that a player will face in a game, since players must process information about the position of his/her opponents and his/her teammates and then make the best decision possible.
• Penetration, Support and Width in a ‘Player Up’ situation (3 v 2): As players gain success and confidence in 1v1 and 2v2 situations, uneven numbers are added in small group activities to make sure players achieve a high degree of success if the correct decisions are made at the appropriate time. This level of the curriculum concentrates on players off the ball, how they assist in creating space for the player on the ball, and how to provide support to receive a pass if required.
• Penetration, Support and Width (3 v 3): The 3v3 curriculum level builds on the skills learned in 1v1, 2v2, and 3v2 by introducing a third defender so that players have to work harder to create space and find opportunities to break down the opposing team. Players are called upon to make decisions, communicate, and create and exploit time and space.
• Principles of Play (4 v 4): The 4vs.4 structure provides our players with the most efficient and effective means to develop their skills in a team vs. team environment. All the elements of 6vs.6, 8vs.8 and 11vs.11 play are found in this environment.
The principles are as follows: Principles of Attacking vs. Principles of Defending, Penetration of defense when in possession vs. Pressure on attacker in possession, Support of player in possession vs. Cover for defender applying pressure, Using width/depth to create time/space vs. Providing balance to reduce time/space.
In summary, it is our aim to raise all the players who go through our academy program to a level where they are competent and composed with the technical elements of the game, and understand the basic mechanics of how a soccer team functions
Other Curriculum Goals:
In working with our young players we also focus on developing the following elements in their play:
• An enjoyment of, and an appreciation for, the game of soccer
• An understanding of the importance of teamwork and communication
Typical Training Session
Warm up – 30 minutes: The warm up period generally focuses on maximizing the opportunities for individual development by maintaining a low player to ball ratio (1-3 players per ball).
• Activities to develop individual technical skills.
• Speed and Agility exercises
• “Scoring” games with the ball
Main Practice – 60 minutes: The main part of the practice session requires players to apply the technical skills acquired in the warm up to a competitive environment that requires effective tactical decision making in order to achieve success in 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 environments.
Coaches will also work with players on the basic elements of effective team shape and appropriate positioning relative to the ball and the opponents.
• Georgia State Soccer - Contains directions to all the soccer fields used by clubs in Georgia, updates on soccer-related issues, and general resources for players, coaches, and parents.
• United States Youth Soccer Association - This website has a range of resources that parents can utilize to get the most of the youth soccer experience for themselves and their children. Check out the ‘Parent Resource Library’. Topics include approaching your child’s coach, the benefits of summer camps, how to motivate young athletes, promoting moral and social development through sports, why sport exercise can improve your child’s health, and time management for young athletes.
• United States Soccer Federation - The USSF is the overall governing body for soccer in the US. On this website you will find information about a whole range of soccer-related issues. It also has a copy of the most recent FIFA ‘Laws of the Game’ document.
• The Sport Source - Since 1989, The Sport Source has helped to connect coaches, players, individuals, educational institutions, and organizations through its critically acclaimed college planning guides, workbooks, Web site, online products, and mentoring services. The Sport Source provides college planning tools and services to more than 4.4 million families annually when their goal is to pursue a colleges or universities academically and athletically.