Winter Clinics

SMALL-SIDED GAMES

This program was known last year as "futsal." Since we are playing on turf rather than a hard court, we are no longer calling it futsal but instead "Small-Sided Games."

Small-sided games allow players to constantly concentrate on the attacking and defensive principles of play. Since possessions are short and players are always near the play, players are consistently engaged in attacking, defending, transition play, or goal scoring.

This constant participation is FUN! It also accelerates player development since they are receiving enjoyable, competitive touches.

Why are small-sided games a great training method?

  • The smaller distances to the ball and to the goal, combined with fewer players on the field create a gameplay situation where EVERY player is involved.
  • This maximum participation may lead to quicker technical advancement and promotes more advanced tactical understanding of gameplay principles.
  • The inclusive nature of the game builds confidence. Confidence breeds success and success breeds confidence.
  • Sprinting, endurance, and physicality are relevant in small-sided games but not at the expense of gameplay understanding or technical excellence. Skill development wins out over physical advantages.

KEY BENEFITS

Technical control and decision making speed are improved through small-sided games.

  • More touches on the ball
  • A consistent, close proximity to the play
  • Quick transitions between attack and defense
  • More goals!

SESSION OUTLINE

  • 12 sessions for 1 hour each
  • 4:00-4:15 Player warm-up and activation
  • 4:15-4:20 Team assignment for the day
  • 4:20-4:40 Small-sided game 1
  • 4:40-5:00 Small-sided game 2

STREET SOCCER

Street Soccer is a new program! Much like our Small-Sided Game program, players participating in Street Soccer will be encouraged to play, but in this program, more training takes place.

Each week, we'll target a specific technical skill. Players will be taught this skill from a whole, part, whole methodology. This allows for players to work through the mechanics of the skill at their own pace. Once the skill is understood, pressure is applied in a technical game. This could include 1v1s, 2v1s, or 2v2s. The session ends with a 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5 scrimmage where players will collect points not only goals scored but also for the application of the specific technical skill taught that day.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Progressive technical curriculum designed to bring players through attacking skills
  • Specific instruction on technical mechanics
  • Additional guided and specific technical repetitions
  • Small-sided games designed to reward the application of the specific technical skill in focus

SESSION OUTLINE

  • 11 sessions for 1 hour each (No MLK Jr. Day or Presidents' Day)
  • 4:00-4:15 Player warm-up and activation
  • 4:15-4:30 Teaching of technical skill
  • 4:30-4:40 Conditioned skill game
  • 4:40-5:00 Small sided street soccer game

LOCATION FOR ALL WINTER PROGRAMS

QUAD INDOOR SPORTS
2454 Oakton St, Evanston, IL 60202


Open Registrations

Soccer Tennis Saturdays (Jul 18)
1 hour sessions on Saturday mornings at James Park. Saturdays: July 18, Aug 1, Aug 8, Aug 15.
3v3 Training Camp (Jul 20–Jul 23)
3v3 training for U7-U19 players and 3v3 teams interested in learning the tactics and techniques used in 3v3 play. Location is James Park.
Top Striker Camp (Jul 27–Jul 30)
Open to players from all positions who have an interest in goal scoring. Location is James Park.
Preseason Camp 1 & 2 (Aug 03–Aug 13)
Recommended for all players on Team Evanston teams. Location is James Park.