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Coerver® Coaching History

Coerver® Coaching is a global football coaching programme inspired by the teachings of Wiel Coerver and created in 1984 by Alfred Galustian and Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke.

Coerver® Coaching is:

A football skills teaching method suited for all ages but especially for players aged 5-16 years old of all abilities and their parents, coaches and teachers
A Method that focuses on Individual skills development and small group play
Endorsed and recommended by the top federations, associations, legends/experts of the game, club teams and corporations including:

  • French Football Federation
  • Football Federation of Australia
  • Chinese Football Association
  • Japanese Football Association
  • Bayern Munich FC
  • Newcastle United FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Global partner adidas®

Highlights since 1984:

  • 8 TV series in 8 languages
  • Videos, DVD’s and books in 12 languages
  • 1.5 million kids and coaches have attended Coerver® Coaching camps/clinics
  • adidas® partner for 20 years

The ultimate goal of the Coerver® Coaching Method is to:

  • Develop skilled, confident and creative players
  • Make the game fun to practice and play
  • Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
  • Value winning but not more than character and performance
  • Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria

Coerver Coaching Curriculum

Coerver® Coaching Curriculum is represented by The Pyramid of Player Development which consists of 6 building blocks.

worldsno1Each block combines dozens of games and training exercises for all ages and many have been featured in the Coerver® Coaching book, “Master class” series and the “New Era” video series. All the exercises can be used by both coaches who are planning team training sessions and by players practicing on their own.

Ball Mastery is the foundation of every player’s development and becomes essential for progress through the pyramid. But don’t think of this as a ladder, where one level must be mastered before continuing to the next level. Instead each step is integral to the others and the player improvement is achieved, as the techniques at each level become stronger.

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Group Attack

Exercises and games that improve small group play with emphasis on Fast Break Attacks

Finishing

Exercises and games that improve technique and encourage instinctive play around the goal

Speed

Exercises and games to improve agility, acceleration and power with and without the ball

Moves (1v1)

Exercises and games that teach game winning individual moves and create space against packed defenses

Receiving And Passing

Exercises and games to improve 1st touch and to encourage accurate and creative passing

Ball Mastery

1 player 1 ball. Repetition ball control exercises with both feet
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Mighty Mites Camp

mighty-mitesCamps are conducted by trained Coerver Coaches with a player to coach ratio of approximately 6:1. Our coaches are constantly being trained as our curriculum continues to develop and new games and exercises are introduced by Coerver Coaches from all over the world. The camps focus on teaching the individual skills indispensable for success in soccer. Proper fundamental skills are taught as well as advanced skills that make playing fun and encourage players to practice on their own. Sportsmanship and character are central to our core values and are stressed at every turn.

Effort and fair play are as important as talent and achievement. Mighty Mites camps are offered half-day (9am-noon) for players 4-6 years old. Fun is the central theme to all sessions as skills are introduced and practiced in a joyful environment. Players get to experience the game in a way that fosters physical and social development and improves coordination, confidence and skill.

Ball Mastery Camp

ball-masteryBall Mastery camps are for campers who have not been to our camps previously. Emphasis is placed on individual skill development and basic moves with the goal of developing confidence on the ball. Beginning “move sets” are taught and games are played to practice the moves in a method that starts with no pressure and slowly adds the pressure of time and/or space restrictions. Then passive defensive pressure is added and by the end of the first morning, players are performing moves under full defensive pressure to goal. First touch is a major theme in Ball Mastery sessions.

After lunch all Ball Mastery groups receive training in a topic of the day that is geared toward their group’s specific level of play. Topics range from skills such as juggling, shooting, volleying and individual defending to more advanced topics such as small group defending and combination play. After the topic of the day all groups play in our “World Cup” competition with teams they stay with throughout the week. This is a round robin competition of small-sided games. They rules and restrictions of the games change depending on the topics emphasized that day. Results are recorded each day and a finals competition is held on Friday. Group champions are recognized at our award ceremony on Friday afternoon.

At all levels, games are played to encourage the use of the specific skills being taught that day. Nearly three decades of cooperative curriculum development affords us a finely tuned method for getting the skills incorporated into the competitive environment as quickly as possible while building confidence along the way. The difficulty of the moves we teach and the intensity of the competition increases at each level.

Advanced Camp

advancedThe Advanced camps are available to players over 10 who have been to the camps previously or who have experience playing select soccer. The Advanced level teaches more complicated moves and swiftly puts players into competitive environments with an emphasis on 1v1 and 2v2 play in the morning. Small group tactics are also taught and small-sided games are played featuring fast break attack and counter attack. The importance of fast transition play is stressed and players are encouraged to play creatively and freely and to use their new skills in games. Players are also put in many situations requiring decision-making as that is a key ingredient to advanced play.

Advanced campers compete in the adidas 5-3-1 competition, each day where they are put in a series of competitive team environments and their scores are calculated each day. The teams and challenges change every day and each player’s scores are compiled throughout the week. The winner of the weeklong competition is recognized at our awards ceremony on Friday.

At all levels, games are played to encourage the use of the specific skills being taught that day. Nearly three decades of cooperative curriculum development affords us a finely tuned method for getting the skills incorporated into the competitive environment as quickly as possible while building confidence along the way. The difficulty of the moves we teach and the intensity of the competition increases at each level.

Goal Keeping Camp

goal-keeperA new addition to the Coerver Camp offerings is COERVER GK. This course is based on the Pyramid of Player Development of sound goalkeeping principles and techniques. The COERVER GK camp session is structured around the existing field player camps. Keepers will have separate technical training before blending in with the other campers for 1v1s, dealing with crosses, shot stopping, and positional play during live action drills. A great way for the GK to attend the same camp as his/her teammates while still getting the individual technical & positional training he/she needs. The new Coerver GK program offers the perfect opportunity for GK’s to be pushed to achieve the next level.

Elite Camp

eliteElite campers compete in the adidas 5-3-1 competition, each day where they are put in a series of competitive team environments and their scores are calculated each day. The teams and challenges change every day and each player’s scores are compiled throughout the week. The winner of the weeklong competition is recognized at our awards ceremony on Friday.

At all levels, games are played to encourage the use of the specific skills being taught that day. Nearly three decades of cooperative curriculum development affords us a finely tuned method for getting the skills incorporated into the competitive environment as quickly as possible while building confidence along the way. The difficulty of the moves we teach and the intensity of the competition increases at each level.

High School Prep

high-schoolOur High School Prep Camp is offered for High School aged players. The High School Prep camp’s goal is to prepare the player for the upcoming high school season. Players are exposed to high level skill sets as well as games and exercises that stress tactical awareness, problem solving, principals of possession, advanced finishing skills, group defending, playing to targets, effective flank play and multiple player attacking combinations. Spirited competition is encouraged and fitness and speed training are emphasized.

Night Camp

night-camps-2Coerver Ball Mastery Night camps are for campers who have not been to our camps previously. These camps are great for recreation and county players. Emphasis is placed on individual skill development and basic moves with the goal of developing confidence on the ball.

Beginning “move sets” are taught and games are played to practice the moves in a method that starts with no pressure and slowly adds the pressure of time and/or space restrictions. Then passive defensive pressure is added and by the end of the first evening, players are performing moves under full defensive pressure to goal. First touch is a major theme in Ball Mastery sessions. Our goal of the Ball Mastery Night camp is to provide our players with a better understanding of our core move sets and to develop a more confident player.

Residential Camp

residential-camps Our Residential Camp is offered over four days and three nights at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. The campus is equipped with three Bermuda grass fields and a stadium with field turf. Indoor facilities, theatres, game rooms and swimming options are also among the highlights.

Players are housed in modern, air-conditioned dormitories and eat in the state-of-the-art Washington College dining hall featuring healthy and nutritious options at every meal.
Goalkeeper specific training is available each day along with our standard Coerver Training and functional training for various positions.

Evenings feature league matches where the players are able to implement the skills they have worked on during the day. Parents are invited to watch evening games and enjoy the campus and town. Free and creative play is encouraged in this competitive environment. Late night futsal is also an option for players who just can’t get enough!