Athletic Club Football Academy
Control the game. We control the game by ball possession through positional and space awareness
Create Higher skill efficiency of each individual to empower and promote our philosophy
- Planned and Themed
- High Intensity
ACFA PRINCIPLES COVER 4 CORNERS OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Ball Mastery - Coerver Program
1V1 – Coever Program
Respect. Communication Humility Combining with Team Mates
While a ACFA coach works to fulfil the above academy principles; his main effort is and will be to develop the players to reach their full potential. We give each player of the academy a chance to succeed and be good enough to return as an academy player the next year.
Slide Line Coaching
Every player interprets these objectives differently – that is why ACFA encourages freedom of expression based on their own natural strength.
At Athletic Club, Football Academy coaches will limit sideline coaching at grass root levels.
- Players cannot learn to make their own decisions if they are constantly receiving instructions from the touchline
- If you instruct players, they will respond to that instruction and you will get an immediate short-term performance spike. However, this performance will diminish over time when the young player waits for instructions instead of making decisions by themselves as they get to older age groups.
ACFA will have a more Player Centered approach so that they will remain in the sport longer.
Competition is going to challenge coaches. When the pressure to win becomes so great that values and principles are sacrificed, it will be time to reassess the coach and his principle, ACFA’s philosophy is “learning to love the game”, Winning is important but player development is more important. As coaches we want to teach players:
Respect for the game
- Playing within “The Spirit of the Game”
- Showing respect for each other, our opponent, and referees
A love of the game
- ACFA Programs create a child-friendly environment where friendly but fierce competition is the basis – not winning at all costs
The game demands, the player responds
- When you play the game of football the game presents many challenges Example (good opponents, field conditions, weather)
- We plan over a period of time to prepare each child to meet the demands of the game
- It will take time before all the challenges are met.
The coach’s role is one of teaching football skills, displaying good sportsmanship, and growing the players love for the game. The coach is responsible for communicating practice and game times to the players and parents
The coach is also responsible for monitoring and modeling proper behavior during practice and games of players, assistant coaches and parents.
All coaches within the program will promote good sportsmanship among players, foster team camaraderie, and help participants have fun while teaching players the technical skills of football. Unsportsmanlike conduct of coaches will not be tolerated by the program. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes making comments or gestures to a player or referee that would reasonably be expected to cause substantial embarrassment. Other examples include the intentional abuse or attempt to abuse the player selection system or willful failure to follow program rules
Each coach agrees to the above code of conduct, certifies that he/she has read all ACFA Rules and will abide by them and acknowledges that coaching in the football program is a privilege and not a right. In addition, each coach will ensure that his/her conduct sets a good example for team members and spectators. To meet these responsibilities, the coach is expected to:
- Know the official age appropriate Laws of the Game of football and abide by them.
- Instruct players and parents in the rules and motivate each player to compete according to the rules at all times.
- Respect the game officials at all times. Refrain from questioning their decisions or challenging their authority.
- Ensure that rules are followed by all players and spectators.
- Ensure that fans of his team exhibit sportsmanship and maturity at all times and assist league and game officials in maintaining control of spectators during games.
- Respect the coaches and players of the opposing team before, during, and after the game.
- Take appropriate steps to minimize scoring in runaway games. Instead set limitations for your team to work on other tactics.
- Teach each player, especially through personal example, to be humble and generous in victory and proud and courteous in defeat.
- Maintain control of his/her emotions and avoid actions, language, and/or gestures that may be interpreted as hostile and humiliating.
- Teach and practice good sportsmanship and fair play by personally demonstrating commitment to these virtues.
- Promote the concept that football is a game, and that players and coaches on other teams are opponents, not enemies.