YSE2: Part 2 with Ted Kroeten from JOTP, Youth Soccer Player Development

In the Second part of the interview, Ted explains the difference between the Acquisition and Deliberate Practice Phases in youth soccer development.

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But first, thank you so much for all the positive feedback regarding Ted’s interview. We will continue putting out great content for additional resources and inspiration to all of you that want to make a difference in the lives of young footballers.

Show Notes:

In episode 2, it is the 2nd part of the interview with Ted Kroeten from joyofthepeople.ORG, this is a CORRECTION from the first episode where I mentioned that it was a .com URL.

Ted continues discussing the acquisition phase in youth soccer development. He jumps into comparing the difference between the acquisition phase and the deliberate practice phase.  You can get more information about the Deliberate vs Aquisition model at joyofthepeople.org

Free Play Balls




Keys to Free Play Model

Acquisition period must be pure, be very careful when implementing.

Don’t move out of acquisition period too quick and don’t move into the deliberate practice phase too quick. Be patient.

Create High Motivation technical problems for kids during training sessions

Ted discussed his ideal Youth Soccer Player Development Model

5-6 year olds need to stay home and play with parents, organic development.

7-9 years old, play with friends, 2 v 2 and 3 v 3, move away from concrete stage of development; play as much as possible, as close as home as possible, barefoot with different balls, get introduced to Futsal balls.

11-12 years old, start deliberate practice, but continue free play, watch others, 20 hours of free play a week. See the model used by JOTP at joyofthepeople.org

Free play until 16, Pele, Cruyf, and Maradona played close to home and they turned out ok.

Rice and Beans program at JOTP