Video – McDonald’s Junior Football
The Junior Framework offers age appropriate games formats and training recommendations for the following age groups:
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Underpinning the Junior Framework are the following principles which provide clear structure for programmes to be developed under.
- Accumulation of hours and number of touches
- Early engagement
- Recognising development age of the player
- Training emphasis periods
- Four corners approach (incorporating the Physical / Mental / Social-Emotional / Technical-Tactical abilities of players)
- Age appropriate games
Small sided games – the key ingredient
Street football across the world has been instrumental in the development of world-class players, and small sided games are the cornerstone of developing technically proficient and creative football players in a New Zealand context.
The benefits of small sided games extend far beyond technical and tactical development. They ensure children develop an innate love for the game and remain in our sport for longer.