From the ages of U12-U16, our coaches use drills from the 'Youth Development Phase' of our curriculum. The sessions are designed to continue building towards technical proficiency while introducing tactical concepts that will further their development into young adults.
We believe an attacking style of play based on effective possession of the ball is the best style to improve learning and development. To develop creative, technically proficient players, freedom of expression is vital in an environment that promotes decision making. In addition to these core attributes of a Liverpool FC International Academy, we never lose sight of the importance of instilling a high work ethic and a strong collective mentality when representing the club.
Our concentration on five key components of developing a top soccer player are shown below.
During the Youth Development Phase, our coaches work on five key moments in the game:
We work through these moments by coaching in five week cycles that educate the players on different facets of the game and create complete players and teams that can flourish.
Phase 1 - Defensive Half
Phase 2 - Attacking Half
Phase 3 - Transitions
Phase 4 - Out of Possession
Phase 5 - Consolidation
The development areas these age groups focus on at training and in games are combined with extra learning opportunities such as:
We believe the experience our players receive at this level truly encompasses the development all five parts of our player development model. This diagram can be seen to your right.