Youth Soccer Course

Gain Your ISSPF Certificate in Youth Soccer Athletic Development (LTAD)

For any youth coach keen to develop their players, it’s vital that you first understand the physical requirements and long-term athletic development of your young players. If the building blocks are not laid in the right order and with the right balance, then your young players can be fast-tracked too quickly, resulting in regular injuries and longer-term implications that prevent them from achieving their full potential.

Within this Youth Soccer Athletic Development (LTAD) online course, you will be given the the specific training principles and techniques used by elite youth coaches working at clubs at the highest levels of the game. The course modules start off discussing the links between testing and training. The focus shifts then towards understanding the building blocks of youth development and the maturation stages of both male and female youth football players while developing your knowledge of conditioning, nutrition, psychology & physiology of the young developing player.

All coaches of all levels of the game want and need their best youth soccer players to achieve their full potential and develop throughout their young careers. The Certificate in Youth Soccer Athletic Development course gives you the specific knowledge, tools and best practices that enable you to develop your youth players across their athletic journey.

Expiry: 6 months
Average Workload: 32 hours total (pre-lecture reading + online content + questions)
Delivery Method: Online-based
Language Delivered: English

Module 1: Youth testing in soccer
Lecturer: Darren Paul


Module 2: Morphological & Physiological Soccer Profiles: Talent ID & LTAD
Lecturer: Hassane Zouhal


Module 3: Strength Development in Soccer: Protection for Performance LTAD
Lecturer:
Hamish Munro


Module 4: Long – Term Athlete Development in Youth Soccer part 1
Lecturer: Tsikakis Antonios


Module 5: Nutritional Support for the Youth Soccer Player: Maturation Status & LTAD
Lecturer: Jack Christopher


Module 6: Building up a model for a Soccer Academy (LTAD)
Lecturer: Alex Segovia Vilchez


Module 7: Long – Term Athlete Development in Youth Soccer part 2
Lecturer: Tsikakis Antonios


Module 8: Training Design & Application in Youth Development (LTAD)
Lecturer: Alex Segovia Vilchez


Module 9: Velocity Based Training in an Elite Academy Soccer
Lecturer: Jack Christopher


Module 10: Integrating Physical & Tactical Periodisation in Soccer: Senior & Youth levels
Lecturer: Hamish Munro


Module 11: Youth Physical Development: A Training Proposal for Pre-Pubescent Soccer Players
Lecturer: Alejandro Romero-Caballero


Module 12: Youth to 1st Team Link: Overcoming the Bridge
Lecturer: Tanja Ecken

What is long-term athlete development?
Long-Term Athlete Development describes how to systematically develop sporting excellence and increase active participation in local, regional, and national sport organizations. This resource describes the long-term athlete development (LTAD) model, an approach to athlete-centered sport that combines skill instruction with long-term planning and an understanding of human development. By learning about LTAD, sport administrators and coaches will gain the knowledge and tools to enhance participation and improve performance and growth of athletes.

Is my progress logged through the course?
You can view your results and course progress at anytime from your results page.

Can I stop/pause a presentation part way through?
Yes, the course is completely flexible. You can go back to a module at anytime and continue from where you left off.

Can I stop/pause a test part way through?
No. Online test must be completed in one go and immediately after completing the module.

Can I take the modules in any order?
No. The course follows a set structure that must be studied in numerical order. You can only access the next module once you have completed the previous module test.

Do I get feedback from the course?
Yes. On completion of all 8 modules there is a set of 8 basic assignments (1 per module). You should complete those 8 assignments and submit them via the learning portal to receive feedback from one of our faculty.

Is there a time limit on the course?
Yes. This course has a 6-month time limit. You can access the course 24/7 within your 6-months.

Will I get a certificate to show that I have passed the course?

Yes, you will receive a pass certificate provided you have attained the minimum pass grade of 75%.

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Youth Soccer Course Content

Lecture 1 : Youth Testing in Soccer

Professor Darren Paul

In Module 1, we’ll be looking at the justifications and key considerations of testing in Youth Soccer. We will look at the role of testing in youth soccer before considering the advantages and disadvantages of testing in youth soccer and the impacts affecting the testing outcomes within these age categories. We will then look at how we can performance profile and we will identify the key considerations for youth testing.

Lecture 2 : Morphological & Physiological Soccer Profiles: Talent ID & LTAD

Professor Hassane Zouhal

Module 2 covers soccer activity analysis and demands. We will look at the morphological profiles of soccer players from a range of countries and backgrounds. We will then look at elite youth profiling and professional successes. Finally, we will look at the physiological profiling of successful players.

Lecture 3 : Strength Development in Soccer: Protection for Performance LTAD

Hamish Munro

Module 3 discusses the importance of strength development for junior and senior players, how we can plot the methodology across training cycles. How we structure the strength development phase across the athletic journey across the academy based player. We then discuss the Growth, maturation & the impact of youth player conditioning. Finally, we’ll discuss the application of strength training across the academy journey.

Lecture 4 : Long-Term Athlete Development in Youth Soccer part 1

Tsikakis Antonios

In the first of a 2-part series, we start by looking at what long-term athletic development is from a soccer specific perspective. We’ll discuss growth & specific stages of maturation within an elite academy environment. Well discuss the windows of opportunity & age related effects of training. Finally, we’ll look at & bio-banding & maturity assessment within an elite soccer academy.

Lecture 5 : Nutritional Support for the Youth Soccer Player: Maturation Status & LTAD

Jack Christopher

Module 5 starts by looking at how to build a nutritional support structure. We’ll look at nutritional support across the development phases and how it can have a positive impact. We’ll look at understanding core principles & the basis of sporting nutrition. Then we’ll move on to how we ca support the growth & maturation through nutrition principles. Finally, we’ll discuss nutrition for life so that you have a better understanding of key nutritional strategies.

Lecture 6 : Building up a Model for a Soccer Academy (LTAD)

Alex Segovia Vilchez

Module 6 looks at the physical qualities of youth soccer and understanding the whole picture, the physical integration & coordinative development. Then we’ll look at skill acquisition – the learning process. Finally, we’ll look at the training components – piece by piece.

Lecture 7 : Long - Term Athlete Development in Youth Soccer part 2

Tsikakis Antonios

Module 7 is part 2 of the long-term athletic development strategy. In this module we’ll look at long-term development planning, the physiological components of the LTAD model. Then we’ll move on to developmental training, focusing on endurance, strength and speed. We’ll move on to coordination development & principles before looking at the developmental stages & guidelines for progression.

Lecture 8 : Training Design & Application in Youth Development (LTAD)

Alex Segovia Vilchez

In module 8, we’ll look at understanding a new physical qualities approach and the importance of functional training. Then we’ll look at the application of conditioning drills within an applied skill acquisition framework. Finally we’ll look at coaching development processes.

Lecture 9 : Velocity Based Training in an Elite Academy Soccer

Jack Christopher

In Module 9 starts off by defining Velocity Based Training & its practical use. Then we’ll look at using VBT to improve training and performance outcomes. The benefits of Velocity Based Training in developmental soccer. Then we’ll look at the practical application of VBT across long-term athletic development academy stages.

Lecture 10 : Integrating Physical & Tactical Periodisation in Soccer: Senior & Youth levels

Hamish Munro

In Module 10, we’ll look at a tactical periodisation overview within youth and senior applications. The development & alignment of training processes. We’ll look at integrating physical & tactical periodisation in youth development and finally we’ll discuss the considerations of tactical periodisation in youth soccer.

Lecture 11 : Youth Physical Development: A Training Proposal for Pre-Pubescent Soccer Players

Alejandro Romero-Caballero

In Module 11, we start by looking at the youth physical development model. The we’ll look at the effects of early specialisation vs. diversification. Then we’ll look at soccer training in prepubescent players and we’ll look at developing a game model in youth development stages. Finally we’ll be looking at developing the athletic qualities of youth players by bringing all of these development processes together.

Lecture 12 : Youth to 1st Team Link: Overcoming the Bridge

Tanja Ecken

In Module 12, we’ll look at understanding the academy to the 1st team transition phase. Then we’ll look at the psychological demands of making the step-up to the 1st team. We’ll discuss coping strategies associated with the bridge between the academy and the 1st team. Then we’ll look at how we can support the demands and pressure moving forwards. Finally, we’ll discuss the perception of the transition, coaching style & self-reflection.

Course Assignment

Certificate in Youth Soccer Athletic Development (LTAD)

In the final section you will complete and submit your course assignment which consists of a series of tasks based on everything you have learned from lectures 1 – 12 of the course. Following successful completion of your course assignment you will be awarded your coveted ISSPF Certificate in Youth Soccer Athletic Development (LTAD).

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