COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Soccer
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Oosterhuis
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course includes instruction in outdoor soccer, indoor soccer and futsol. Content focuses on the theory and practice of the fundamental skills with an overview of history, strategies, training rules and regulations. Emphasis is divided equally between skill acquisition and the pedagogy of skills as required by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
TEXT BOOK: No text book is required.  Readings will either be distributed in class or emailed by the instructor.
Participation 15%
Written exam 20%
Skills testing 10%
Applied skills testing 20%
Reflection papers (2) 20%
Formation presentation 15%
  • Acquire an appreciation of the sport of soccer in all its various forms
  • Develop fundamental skills and core competencies needed to participate in soccer as a "life sport" activity
  • Demonstrate the skills and techniques needed to be a competent member of a soccer team
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of rules of play
  • Be able to apply and demonstrate basic game strategies and understand the roles and responsibilities of each position within a team
  • Develop an understanding of the Alberta Soccer Association coaching education pathway for those interested in coaching soccer
  • Understand and demonstrate why a proper warm up is so important before physical activity
COURSE STRUCTURE: Week 1 – Class introductions, orientation and principles of the warm up
Week 2 – Passing and Receiving – Small sided games, why do we use them? 
Week 3 – Individual and group defending. Small sided games. 
Week 4 –- Shooting, Wing play, Crossing and finishing.  First book reflection due
Week 5 – Finishing / crossing – ball striking.   11 vs 11   
Week 6 – Attacking principles. Dribbling and running with the ball. 
Week 7 – Possible guest lecturers – Laws of the game, ASA coaching education pathway
Week 8 – Small sided and 11v 11 match play 
Week 9 – Introduction to indoor soccer and Futsal - Second book reflection due. 
Week 10 – Indoor soccer and Futsal – in the gym and classroom theory sessions
Week 11 – History of Soccer and soccer and religion lectures 
Week 12 – Formation presentations 
Week 13 – Formation presentations 
Week 14 –Review/ Skill testing / presentations 

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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