Specialty Training

Additional specialty training is also offered:

Goalkeeping Clinic:
Spring dates:

April 17th 24th
May 1, 15, 22, 29

CLINIC 1:  Finishing & Goalkeeping Clinic:

The SAT Finishing/Ball Striking session will be a fun and exciting way to offer our players the chance to get the repetition and quality instruction they need in order to practice the art of scoring goals. Shooting is usually the first thing everyone wants to learn, yet is the hardest to learn.

Just because someone knows how to shoot or strike a ball well does not mean they are finishers or goal scorers. Our Finishing/Ball Striking sessions will cover everything from being able to strike the ball different ways with all parts of both feet to being able to create your own shot. This is meant so each student can begin to bridge the gap between shooting and technical finishing.
Sessions will be broken up into technical and application portions. Each session will have a specific finishing focus area:

  • Volley/Half Volley
  • Striking while on the move
  • “Back to goal” reception and shot creation
  • “Aerial” reception and shot creation
  • Shot creation off the dribble
  • In-swingers / Out-swingers
  • Free Kicks
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SAT Goalkeeper Training will cover all aspects of the position. Sessions will cover basic and advanced skills the position demands at every level. Session focus areas will be determined by your SAT Director/Coach.
Goalkeeper Training Focus areas:

  • How to warm up
  • Footwork and Handling
  • Stance
  • Catching techniques
  • High and low balls
  • Positioning and angles
  • Shot handling
  • How to dive_
  • Low/High collapse_
  • Mid-level dives
  • Reactions and reflexes
  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Core training
  • Agility


CLINIC 2:  Individual Attacking: Moves & Tricks:

To be a great dribbler at the highest levels requires exceptional balance, agility, body control and explosiveness. While these qualities can be enhanced over time through a variety of athletic development programs, there is also a greater amount of natural athleticism required at each level. However, it is not a lack of athleticism that prevents most players from being effective individual attackers at their level – it is a lack of understanding of how different dribbling feints interact and can be combined with each other, and technical problems in execution of the technique. These issues can be fixed with detailed coaching and significant repetition.

CLINIC 3: Functional Training (Position Specific):

“Functional Training” is the concept of training players for the functions that they must perform in their positions on the field.  Functional training becomes more and more important as players enter the U13 age groups and above, because one way that great players differentiate themselves from others is by being better than others at executing the key functions of their position.  Functional training can be either technical or tactical.
Technical Functional Training is training that focuses on the techniques that are most important (or most commonly used) in specific positions.  For example, technical functional training for forwards would involve different types of finishing, and functional training for outside backs may involve learning to strike an angled, driven ball.

Tactical Functional Training is training that focuses on the decisions that are most commonly made in specific positions, and the cues that help players differentiate between good and bad decisions.  For example, tactical functional training for outside midfielders may involve understanding when to cut inside the field on the dribble to go to goal vs. when to serve early into the box vs. when to attack the endline.
The session below shows tactical functional training of how the defensive back four and defensive midfielders can find space to build an attack out of the back (instead of just serving the ball forward optimistically).  This is a later stage of the session, where players form different teams are going “through” each other in the building progression.  (This creates passive opposition that makes the decisions more realistic but still highly successful.)

CLINIC 4:  Defensive Specialist Training- teaching and training grittiness.

We need to produce quicker, more agile defenders. In order to do that there are some bits and pieces that we can think about and move about transplanting into our defenders.  Not so much about defensive topics, but it’s more about making defenders to make them sharper and quicker in the game. We will focus on speed, position specific work with a defensive specialist. Polymetrics will be used to develop strength


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