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PLAY PRACTICE PLAY (PPP)

US Soccer model for youth soccer training. Organize with your coaching staff and decide the time accordingly for each training phase. Two training sessions and one game each week for MYS travel teams in the Middlesex league. All players should be moving and involved at all times during these PPP for at least 60 minutes.

PLAY

Have the players enter the field and play (small-sided games, juggling, rondos and/or anytime of a possession game here. You need to activate the player and mention the focus/skill for that entire session! As they get older, I do suggest some fitness (ladder-sprints, shuffles, back-pedaling and/or sprint-cutting) here at the later part of this. Players don’t like to run, (Lol) so add some in before this section is over and right before you start the PRACTICE phase. Some players make mental mistakes when they are tired, and this can assist them in becoming mentally strong with their decision making on the field. If you have space and time, feel free to come earlier (30 minutes) to your session and just knock the ball around (extra touches) and get some stamina/endurance running in (laps) before PPP takes place. Then start your 60 minutes PPP phases.

PRACTICE

Teach them a skill or a game like event (1v1 defending, attacking, etc); Maybe even do a player developmental session here for your time by accomplishing a few skills (dribbling, passing, 2 touch soccer, etc) for your one your PRACTICE phases that week. Explain the drill/skill in detail before they go forward with this phase. Always ask guided questions to make sure your players are engaged and grasping what you are teaching.

PLAY

Put it all together now! From your PLAY and PRACTICE phase. Again, check for your understanding and always ask guided questions to make sure your players are engaged and grasping what you are teaching.

MA Youth Soccer’s link to PPP:  https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaches/play-practice-play/    AND
https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/assets/61/6/what_is_play-practice-play.pdf

US Soccer’s link to PPP:  https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2018/02/five-things-to-know-about-playpracticeplay


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