Long Term Player Development (LTPD)

 

The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) is introducing changes designed to encourage more playing time for every player, enhance skill development, improve coaching and generally make the game more fun to play! New and better training for youth soccer coaches is the centerpiece of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) and Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association's (WYSA) new Long Term Player Development (LTPD) initiative. A joint task force between the MSA and WYSA has begun rolling out changes to the way youth soccer is coached and played in Winnipeg.

 

Implementation of the Long Term Player Development model:


1. New Citywide Coaching Program:

Coaching instructors have been certified to teach mini-soccer coaches.

Community Centres and District Clubs will have easy access to instructors who will coach the coaches. Each coach will also receive coaching materials to assist them in planning practice sessions for the entire season. WYSA is actively encouraging all coaches to take the new training courses that have been rolled out by the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA). The MSA has trained more coaches than ever to lead these courses which has made it easier than ever to get certified at all age levels. For information regarding coaching certification please visit the MSA website at http://www.manitobasoccer.ca/coach/certification-new.

 

Click here for the MSA Technical and Tactical Coaching Package

 

Click here for the National Coaching Certification Program Long Term Player Development Information for Parents


2. Changes to Game Formats, Roster Sizes, and Game/Training Ratios:

 

A) Stage 1, Active Start, for ages 4 & 5:

Two sessions per week for approximately eight weeks, 30-45 minutes in duration, adults and children play together informally with fun drills, max 12 players to a team with a ratio of 4 players to 1 coach.

 

B) Stage 2, Fundamentals, for ages 6-8:

Recommended ratio of 1:6 coach to players:
i.              U6 - 3 v 3 with max roster size of six, co-ed
ii.             U7 - 4 v 4 with max roster size of 8, boys and girls to play separately
iii.            U8 - 5 v 5 with max roster of 10 players, boys and girls to play separately
 

C) Stage 3, Lean to Train, for ages 9 & 10:

The most noticeable change at the U9 & U10 level is that we’ve moved to a 6 v 6 game format. With smaller sided games, every player will become more involved in the action and get more touches on the ball! The games will be played on a smaller field in which WYSA has purchased new goals to be placed at the fields specifically designed for these smaller-sided games. Also, as standings won't be kept, coaches shouldn't feel that pressure to win and thus encourage equal playing time, creativity and generally build a love for the game without the pressures of having to win!

 

2014 Outdoor Seasons - U9 & U10 Recreational and Developmental:

- 6 v 6 games (includes GK)

- Smaller field sizes with markings (30-36 meters x 40-55 meters)

- Teams can make up to 6 substitutions at one time

- Size 4 soccer ball

- Max roster size of 12

- Games to be officiated

- No offside rule to be enforced

- All other Laws of the Game to be enforced

- No league table (standings) or stats will be published

 

U9 & U10 Recreational Match and Training Formats:

Minimum of three sessions per week: one individual team practice, two games. Additional practices are always encouraged!!

Games to consist of 25 minute 1st half / 20 minute practice / 25 minute 2nd half!

The season will run May, June, and wrap up in early July.

 

U9 & U10 Developmental Match and Training Formats:

Minimum of three sessions per week: two individual team practices, plus one game. Additional practices are always encouraged!!

Games to consist of two 30 minute halves.

The season will run May, June, July, August and September.

 

C) Stage 3, Lean to Train, for ages 11 & 12:

The most noticeable change for 2014 is that we've changed U11s to an 8 v 8 format and that no standings will be tabulated.

U12s will still play 9 v 9 and keep standings for the 2014 outdoor season, but the plan is to implement the U11 strategies into U12s for the 2015 outdoor season.

 

2014 Outdoor Seasons - U11 Recreational and Developmental:

- 8 v 8 games (includes GK)

- Game format to be two 30 minute halves

- Size 4 soccer ball

- ¾ size field with proper markings (42-55 meters x 60-75 meters)

- Maximum 3 substitutions at one time

- Max roster size of 14

- Games to be officiated

- Offside rule to be enforced

- All other Laws of the Game to be enforced

- No league table (standings) or stats will be published

 

U11 Recreational Match and Training Formats:

Minimum of three sessions per week: one individual team practice, two games. Additional practices are always encouraged!!

The season will run May, June, and wrap up in early July.

 

U11 Developmental Match and Training Formats:

Minimum of three sessions per week: 2-3 individual team training sessions (practice) and one game.

The season will run May, June, July, August and September.

 

2014 Outdoor Seasons - U12 Recreational and Developmental:

- 9 v 9 games (includes GK)

- Game format to be two 30 minute halves 

- Size 4 soccer ball

- ¾ size field with proper markings (42-55 meters x 60-75 meters)

- Maximum 3 substitutions at one time

- Max roster size of 14

- Games to be officiated

- Offside rule to be enforced

- All other Laws of the Game to be enforced

- League table (standings) will be kept

 

U12 Recreational Match and Training Formats:

Minimum of three sessions per week: one individual team practice, two games. Additional practices are always encouraged!!

The season will run May, June and September.

 

U12 Developmental Match and Training Formats:

Minimum of three sessions per week: 2-3 individual team training sessions (practice) and one game.

The season will run May, June, July, August and September.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

Further information regarding the Long Term Player Development model, please view the following resources:

 

LTPD Grassroots Video

 

BC Soccer no longer keeping standings for U12 and Younger!

 

Ontario Soccer Association to stop keeping score/standings (Article)

 

Fire the Coach (Article)

 

View TV Interview about LTPD (video)

 

Lets see how adults like it (video)

 

 

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