The team curriculum document contains additional high-level guidance on skills (whether, technical, tactical or physical ) that you, as a coach, should consider for your players (i.e how much to focus on technical aspects at a particular age) as well some specific guidance from the club for coaches on managing their teams.

Workshops, clinics, and online activities will be offered throughout the year to help build on this curriculum. For new coaches, this will provide a "manual" of coaching and make it easier for you to plan your practices.

Complete Coaching Curriculum

The following Word docs are intended for Crossfire Select coaches only. All documents are password protected. To request access, send an email to secretary@crossfireselect.org.

Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - Planning Your Curriculum

Part 3 - Stages of Development

Part 4 - Principles of Play

Stage 1 - Players ages 3-5

Stage 2 - Players ages 6-8

Stage 3 - Players ages 9-11

Stage 4 - Players ages 12-14

Stage 5 - Players ages 15-18

Additional Resources

Style of Play

Find guidance on system of play and formations in these books written by Jimmy Gabriel for our association.

The possession style of play is synonymous with teams like Barcelona, Villarreal and the Spanish national team, and it's no coincidence that Rondo's are an integral part of their training methodology. First to understand what the possession style of play is and that it isn't "pass, pass, pass" like many think. The possession style is when a team tries to take control of the match by having more possession than the opposition, both in offensive & defensive phases of play.

When you set out to play this style and you want to have more possession than the opposition, but it's not possession for the sake of it. The intention is to keep the ball while you set up you tactical plans or positional attacks, rather than surrender the ball to the opposition. When we see team like Barcelona playing short passes back & forth in the midfield it's not just to attain great pass completion stats; but to move the opposition, either to create space for a pass or to expose a tactical weakness to exploit. When using this style of play it doesn't mean we pass over all options. The first thought is to run forward or dribble with the ball if we can and not to tell our player to pass every time they have the ball.

RONDOS How to use Spain's secret weapon-drills, games and details


Find guidance on team formations (also see the LWYSA books on developing a style of play) strengths and weaknesses. There are fantastic ~5-minute animations on different team formations. 4 3 3 highlighted here.