Coaching Methodology

Sound FC Technical Mission – WHAT WE BELIEVE: To develop well-rounded athletes by focusing on: Sound Minds, Sound Bodies, and Sound Skills. We will always stress holistic individual development; we must succeed as a player and a person. We will develop a winning mindset in our players and will have multiple ways to measure success. We will not sacrifice individual player development for the sake of winning. Our players will persevere in the long term but will have fun in the short term.

Sound FC Playing Style and Team/Player Identity –  HOW WE PLAY: The Sound FC style of play is based on a forward-thinking, possession-based game. We will dictate the tempo of the game by building out of the back to create isolation and 1v1 scenarios as we pull our opponents out of their defensive shape. Our teams will have the ability to press quickly in defensive transition when we do not have possession. Our style of play will be organized and structured, both on and off the ball and in all four phases of the game.

Sound FC Coaching Methodology – HOW WE TEACH: Our Sound FC staff are trained to function as soccer educators, or teachers. Borrowing from our basic principles of sport and child psychology, they ill always refrain from over-coaching and will sainted develop problem solving and critical thinking skills in their players and teams. We will cultivate a player-centric culture whereby individuals are encouraged to take risks on the field and are taught the concept of responsibility, humility, and accountability.

We at Sound FC are geared to being a Player Centric Club where everything revolves around the player.
Eugene Poublon - Technical Director, Sound FC

Pedagogy

A critical aspect of their job descriptions is understanding the psychology behind how young players acquire and retain information at different ages helps coaches master specific language that leads athletes on a guided discovery and gives them the mental skills to adapt to any situation.

Methodology

Sound FC Coaches develop and implement a consistent club-wide training framework focused on educating players to adapt to situations in real-time, providing them skills they can use on and off the pitch. This consistent platform will be measurable, making it easier to identify players ready to move to the next level.

THE SOUND FC COACHING FRAMEWORK

COACHES LEAD THE WAY

Our COACHES are trained to function more as educators, or teachers. Borrowing from basic principles of sport and child psychology, they take players on a “guided discovery” instead of “over coaching.” As educators, their goal is to help the players develop basic tactical skills, using critical thinking to solve puzzles they encounter in game play instead of constantly being provided the answers. These tactical skills, combined with a player’s natural athletic talent, are key to success in soccer and also contribute to valuable coping and problem-solving skills players apply off the pitch- at home, school, and in society.

The whole idea with whole/part/whole is related to opening the children’s pathway to take information in and then delivering it well so you maximize potential growth

FOLLOWING A WELL LIT PATH

Our TRAININGS follow a “whole, part, whole” structure which begins with game-like activities designed to encourage a specific issue to occur. The coach sets up the situation, then observes and listens as the players encounter the issue naturally. Coaches then isolate the issue, breaking it’s parts into technical and tactical exercises with lots of repetition teaching the principle within the game situation. Finally, the session moves into small-sided exercises and full-sided games, pulling out those new skills and applying them in game-like scenarios. “The whole idea with whole/part/whole is related to opening the children’s pathway to take information in and then delivering it well so you maximize potential growth,” explains Darren.

FAMILIES’ ROLES IN THE COACHING PROCESS

Our FAMILIES are encouraged to apply these same concepts also:
– Parents can help by asking probing questions that allow players to discover answers on their own.
– Listen to athletes verbally identifying and solving issues amongst themselves during a match and praising players for trying out a new skill.

The result is a club culture that promotes development of our players and educators as independent, creative leaders, giving them the tools and opportunity to practice creative problem-solving in all areas.

2019 / 2020 Coaching Slate