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Academy Futbol Club

Soccer Beyond High School

The Concept of Total Soccer

This is a critical time in the player's development, the high school age programs focus is on the concept of total soccer. Topics covered during this program include: systems of play, tactical awareness, combination play, attacking out of the back, set pieces, movement off the ball and support


  • Mastered skills leading to artistry - all at speed under match conditions


  • Increase tactical speed
  • Decision making
  • Increased pressure and competition
  • Understand various team formations, 4-4-2, 5-4-1, 4-3-3, etc.
  • Understand individual responsibilities in above team formations


  • Possession with a purpose
  • Combination play with tactical implications
  • Penetration and creativity
  • Counter attack
  • Wide flank play
  • Target play and creating chances
  • Crossing with proper runs into the box
  • Set plays


  • Man to man marking with sweeper behind and in front
  • Zonal marking
  • Pressing (winning possession of the ball as an attacking concept)
  • Set plays


  • Fitness work with and without the ball
  • Agility - with and without the ball
  • Prevention and care of injuries


  • Increased concentration
  • Leadership/increased player responsibility
  • Discipline
  • Respect for the game
  • Self confidence, self motivation - goal setting