EB Lions AFC is always working hard to enhance the development of young players in our villages within the FA framework and our coaches committed to helping young players reach their full potential, whatever that may be.
This means that, as a Club, we have a clear development path from 4 through to 12 years old. This transcends through 5 a side, 7 a side
and 9 a side football, but is centred on player development and coaching – improving players, building confidence, experience, learning skills, tactics and teamwork.
The high level structure is broadly as follows:
U5 and U6 years
We focus purely on learning with
a ball, with sessions structured around fun.
U7 and into U8 years
Familiarisation with small sided games
and some gentle development work in
training. Time spent on the pitch in a game is
not based on ability.
U9 and U10 years
Skill levels and experience start to show
(for some, not all). Technical development
comes more to the fore, to work towards
improving skills and ability
An introduction into 9 a side
football – merging of 7 a side teams
Introduction of 11 a side
Ability really does start to show and
focus will move to playing best 11-14, whilst
trying to improve those players falling below the ‘bar’
Competitive football where the best will
play and full competitive team positions exist