L.D.S.L. Academy Overview

Introducing the Limerick District Schoolboy/girl League Academy “Emerging Talent Programme”

•The Academy encourages players to express themselves with the ball and help them become imaginative and skillful footballers.

•The training is based around technical and tactical coaching sessions aimed to challenge and engage a range of player levels in a positive and safe environment.

•The football program is structured to enable players the opportunity of advancement in their development as a young player while also providing them with exposure in highly competitive development and Inter leagues games.

•Need to put in place a coaching and player development programme.

•Allowing players and coaches to fulfill their potential within the club and League.

•Player age group between 10 to 14yrs.

•Players selected by Manager/coaches or by Academy coaches involving player I.D.

•Only players that are registered may attend.

Why have an Emerging Talent Programme?

•To offer coaching to players who wish to acquire the skills necessary to play at a higher level and to achieve their goals, developing to the full of their potential.

•Standards of players are not were they should be

•Players do not know the technical aspects of the game or struggle when playing the game

•Improve decision making (Players/managers/coaches)

•Need for a League program

•The Academy is player centred with focus around individual improvement in their technical, physical, social and psychological attributes.

•This is run in conjunction with the F.A.I.

•To offer coaching to players who wish to acquire the skills necessary to play at a higher level and to achieve their goals, developing to the full of their potential.

•To promote, develop and provide the opportunities for coaches to reach their potential.

•To promote and support clubs to improve standards.

Positives of Emerging Talent Programme?

•Better players

•Better Manager/coaches

•Higher standards for players

•More competitive teams

•Higher expectation

•More structured

•League and FAI program in place overseen by the Committee

Philosophy (With the Ball)

To develop players capable of playing the game outlined in the Emerging Talent Programme , young grassroots players should be encouraged, when possible, to play out from the back and through midfield, progressing play to create chances with clever and creative play.

Players in all areas of the pitch will be encouraged to retain possession by building play through the three-thirds of the pitch. This begins by encouraging players to refrain from kicking the ball hopefully from one end of the pitch to the other.

Players will learn to recognise counter-attacking opportunities is also fundamental. Young players will be given opportunities to learn how to play the game at different speeds, developing an understanding of which approach – patient build-up play or incisive counter-attacking – is most appropriate depending on the state of the game and the organisation of the opposition.

This style of play will encourages all players, at different times, to join in with attacking play with an emphasis on variety and creativity. Individual dribbling skills and the ability to go past players using a skill or trick, particularly in the final-third, will be encouraged. Players demonstrating such individual abilities will be encouraged to develop these unique skills wherever possible.

Goalkeepers will be comfortable in possession, distributing the ball to defenders who are confident to receive the ball and pass, or run with the ball, into midfield.

The goalkeeper is an organiser in the defensive area – you can see him as a sweeper behind the back four. switching play, and he may function as a support player.

A possession-based approach played through the three-thirds of the pitch. Quality passing and intelligent movement and support off the ball. Penetrative, incisive and varied attacking play, allied to good finishing. Counter-attacking whenever opportunities arise

Philosophy (Without the Ball)

An important part of game is for players at all levels to develop their understanding and application of defending skills.

Players will be encouraged to regain the ball skilfully and intelligently, rather than simply chasing after the ball; this includes all players weather playing or during training sessions and not just those in more defensive minded positions.

Players will be encouraged to develop their understanding of when to attempt to regain the ball early (when the opposition do not have controlled possession) and, alternatively, when to recover, drop-off, and work together to prevent the opposition from executing attacks (when the opposition have good possession).

Playing Systems

7 a side     1:2:3:1

9 a side     1:4:3:1 or 1:2:3:3

11 a side •1:4:2:3:1, 1:4:3:3 or 1:4:4:2 formations. Each tactical system of play and its positional system have its advantages and disadvantage.

The important thing is that each player will be familiar with  the task he has to carry out in his given position.

Each player will be aware of his objectives (what is expected of him in his position) and how his objectives are to be realised as;

 a) team as a whole

 b) the lines that make up the team

 c) the individuals who make up the lines


Endeavor to create a fun, technical based, pressure free learning environment with a high degree of professional standards and disciplines that is dedicated to the  development of players and coaches in a safe environment.

To keep the League Committee members, Managers/Coaches up to date in relation to the implementation and development of the program.

The development of an age specific coaching syllabus and resources which must be adhere to by all coaches.

Development and recruitment of coaches.

The delivery of in service workshops for all coaches.

To monitor the implementation and future development of the program.

To work at all times with the Club Committee.  

Player Capacities

One of the key principals of player development is that the player faces different demands at each phase of their development.

This development model outlines some of these demands and gives an idea what is needed to play at club and  higher levels of the game.

Not all players will reach these targets.

We break these skills down into six areas for the different age groups •Technical •Tactical •Physical •Mental •Lifestyle •Personal

We then break it down into two sections

Structure includes; Topic, Type, Technique, Decision Making, Creating Space & Tactical

Topics include; Passing, Running with the ball, Dribbling, Ball protection, Defending, Shooting & Finishing, Heading, Turning, Receive & Control, Crossing & Transition