With the help of this grant funding, the Oxygen FC continued to fast grow with the number of all age soccer players.
Above all Oxygen FC operated in a friendly fun filled environment where the focus was solely on all members.
From the start, Club’s members act in accordance with the Soccer Code Comprehensive of Conduct and Ethics.
The soccer programme consists of one 30 min. session per week and all children are grouped on best ability.
Don Bosco Football Academy’s premier goal is to foster the innate ability of children to do what they are taught and encouraged to practice every day; to be creative and innovative both individually and collectively. A detailed Player Development Curriculum has been developed that contains five stages: Stage 1 is for the age group 4-7, Stage 2 for 8-10 years, Stage 3 is for ages 11-13, Stage 4 is for ages 14-15 and Stage 5 is for 16-18 years old. Each stage focuses on attaining specific goals which in turn will ensure that the player is appropriately progressing through the Player Development Continuum. Children will be taught this beautiful game through fun and engaging technical and tactical training sessions that are organized in a manner to ensure success for the individual player and team. The training sessions will focus highly on games and activities that allow the individual player the maximum number of physical touches with the ball. This will encourage the individual to explore creatively and experiment in a manner that is conducive to the maximum development of his/her potential.
At every stage in the Player Development Continuum, the individual will be the primary focal point with the team as the secondary focal point. Recently, there has been an enormous push of information regarding tactics and systems of play in soccer. This barrage has stifled the individual player development and caused a void for learning, growing, and creating. Don Bosco Football Academy will focus more on the principles of play rather than the tactics and systems of play. This will ensure that a more focused approach is taken to individual player development which in turn will ensure individual and team success.
At the first stage in the development sequence, ages 4-7, there will be no focus on tactics, team shape, systems of play, or positions. We are not trying to create tacticians at this age; we are trying to develop creators and inventors. Therefore, all of the focus will be on the individual which will assist in ensuring maximum development at this stage as this is the beginning of the development sequence.
The second stage in the development sequence, ages 8-10, should be very similar to stage one but adding some complexity (i.e. incorporating deceptive skills before the actual skill; fake strike step-over instead of a step over). This will motivate the player to beat an opponent with skill rather than kick and chase. Some attention will be placed upon the team (no more than 3 players) at U9. The primary focus will be teaching the proper attacking and defending principles of play both individually and as a team. Focusing primarily on penetration, width, support, off-ball movement, and creativity to include shooting for the attacking principles of play; pressure, cover, proper body positioning (pressing and marking), proper tackling, and team shape for the defending principles of play. We will introduce our defending style of play at this stage.
During the third stage in the development sequence, ages 11-13, the player should have obtained a certain level of comfort with a ball no matter the situation they are placed in. To further prepare each of our players for successful competition, we will explore all of the principles of play both individually and as a team. We will focus on how the individual roles fall into the team tactics of the game. During this stage a more detailed focus will be placed on when and how to penetrate (dribble or pass) with creativity, proper support for the ball (back, right, left and through), 2nd and 3rd man runs with combination play for a mobile attack and spreading a defense from the touchline to touchline (width) to open up space in the middle. This will be an introduction to our attacking style of play (a combination of possession with a purpose and total football). To ensure we are creating a balanced approach we will continue to focus on defensive team shape and getting number behind the ball (cover and balance), we will begin to explore when to press, delay and deny the ball (pressure and patient defending) and how to stay compact and keep a team from penetrating the middle of the field. We will also continue to explore our tenacious defending style of play; Extreme High Pressure (defend in the opponent’s half of the field).
At the fourth stage in the development sequence, ages 13-15, we shift our focus to teaching the player how to incorporate their individual creativity, innovation, and proper principles of play developed from the earlier stages of development into their tactical decision making. We want this decision making to be effortless and correct almost every time (it will not be correct 100 percent since that is an unreal expectation). We will begin to fine-tune our defending style of play (Extreme High Pressure) and attacking style of play (a combination of possession with a purpose and total football). In doing this we will begin to develop speed and rhythm of play that utilizes the individual player’s creativity and control in team unison.
The fifth and final stage in the development sequence, ages 16-18, is to master our style of attacking and defending play. A major component for this stage is to prepare them for the next steps in life and soccer and to teach them to embrace it and be successful with it.
The collective coaching system of this club will be highly encouraged to focus on the aforementioned methods to establish creative and innovative individual technical players and incorporate them into the tactical aspect of the team. Children should be taught all positions on the field, including goalkeeping, and not just be subjected to play one position. Children should be allowed to experiment and find out what they are good at because if a child chooses to play that position on the field they will give it their best effort. A child giving 100 percent of effort and 100 percent of time is one of the greatest compliments any coach can receive because it means you are employing all the correct methods of teaching and the child is enjoying what they are doing.
As coaches, it is our responsibility to teach and instill a passion for this beautiful game. To accomplish this, we need to teach our players to be aware of all the options available to them. This method will produce good decisions, bad decisions, and indifferent decisions but by allowing the player to make mistakes and as a coach, supporting/assisting them through this process without negative punishment, will, in turn, allow players to develop an ability to quickly identify the right decision in any situation. When the ability to consistently making the correct choice and properly executing them becomes automatic and without reminder or contemplation, we have truly succeeded and developed exceptional players. This is the true measurement of our success as coaches and is the most gratifying accomplishment that can be attained.
It is important to acknowledge that, throughout each and all of these stages of the player’s development, the Club’s values will be implemented and taught by the coaches during training sessions to assist in the creation of complete athletes. This may include players taking turns to warm everyone up, discussions around particular values and/or real life scenarios, etc. The philosophy of winning at all costs will not be tolerated in this club; it is truly about the development of each player both individually and tactically and not about winning as many games and trophies as possible. Winning should never be the focus of anything we do as coaches; rather a by-product of what and how we teach and coach. Teaching players to be self-reliant, humble, and exceptional sportsmen will be the greatest asset the child can obtain in life and soccer. This is done by focusing on the child and not winning. Ultimately the fear of failure will be eliminated and an astonishing level of self-determination and self-esteem will be established that can create elite players and teams for many years to come.