WEST HAM UNITED FOUNDATION
THE ACADEMY OF FOOTBALL
METHODOLOGY | KEY ELEMENTS
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
Arrive correctly, prepare correctly, compete correctly, leave correctly.
Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. Seize the moment.
Winning against personal targets and team challenges allows the match result to take care of itself.
Developing the human being aswell as the athlete.
“Playing to keep it isn’t the same as having it to play.”
- ELITE ACADEMY PROGRAMME
- PROGRESSION PATHWAY
- CAREER PATHWAY
- INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA
- Professional / Semi- Professional Contract
- Professional Footballer Professional Soccer Coach
- Coaching FA Level 1
- Coaching FA Level 2
- US Sports Scholarship
- IFD | UK Degree Pathway
Sports Business Management
- Professional Soccer Coach
- Coaching FA Level 2
- Scouting FA Level 1
- Higher National Certificate/ Degree – Other Subject
- Non-Football Profession
“The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes and everything else is just theory.”
SESSION DESIGN EXAMPLES
- SESSION DESIGN 01
- • Technical
- • Physical
- • Psychological
Problem-Solving/ Decision Making
- • Social
Built with the aim of adhering to the FA’s 4-corner model, the session time is split into four practices, each one centred around 1 of the 4-corners. Technical practice would look at the skill requirements of the topic in isolation or with passive opposition to determine the topic-specific strengths and weaknesses of the group, before a short consideration of the physical components required to successfully execute the topic. A practice based around overcoming a predetermined challenge incorporating the psych-social requirements, before ending with a group challenge (typically a game practice) to address the social delivery of coaching for the given topic.
The four practices can be reordered to suit and timings of each segement can be adjusted depending on the needs of the topic.
“Teams don’t learn – individuals within a team learn. Development is a personal process even if conducted in a team environment.”