The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club have partnered with TactX, a 3D coaching animation tool used on UEFA’s training ground website, to animate the practice syllabus from The Future Game, The FA Technical Guide for Young Player Development.
Over 100 age-appropriate practice sessions have been animated and are included on a new DVD-Rom, which also includes downloadable supporting information with practice progressions and key coaching points. Session plans can be transferred to other devices once downloaded.
The new resource, which will be distributed to all members of the Licensed Coaches’ Club and all professional clubs, underlines The FA’s commitment to the communication of The Future Game vision and philosophy across the game.
The Future Game, published in 2010, outlined a philosophy and vision for youth development in English football. Central to the message are the principles of creativity and innovation, for both coaches and players, and a playing philosophy based on quality passing, possession and building play through the three thirds of the pitch.
The practice sessions included on the DVD-Rom are organised by age, with sessions for players aged 8-11, 12-16 and 17-21. The practice syllabus outlines the types of practice that will help develop players with the necessary skills and understanding to apply The Future Game philosophy.
The resource is the first of two new Future Game products. A second resource featuring footage of FA National coaches delivering coaching sessions from The Future Game at St George’s Park, the new National Football Centre, is due for release later in the year.