Module Title:Player Development 1 - Soccer
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Practical – Students will take part in lecture (Coach) lead practical soccer specific practical sessions on the soccer pitch and in the gym • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – The emphasis on independent learning will allow the student(s) to gain an appreciation of the many facets to be considered by the 24hr elite athlete.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, practical challenges and decision making opportunities to improve their performance as an individual and as part of a team. Students will be provided with practical and theoretical challenges to enhance the following player capacities; technical, tactical, physical, personal, lifestyle and nutrition.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate improved technical proficiency.
LO2 Demonstrate improved tactical awareness when playing in a variety of formations and show improved decision making in games and game related activities.
LO3 Demonstrate improved knowledge and understanding of key game principles (Attacking, Defending and Transition)
LO4 Show an improvement in soccer specific fitness components (Aerobic, Anaerobic, Speed, Agility, Balance, Co-ordination, Strength) demonstrated through attaining progressive fitness testing results.
LO5 Develop and improve their knowledge and understanding of soccer specific fitness, fitness testing and how to improve key areas.
LO6 Demonstrate an improved understanding of the key components of the 24hr athlete lifestyle. This will be facilitated through the production of an individual lifestyle logbook, devised for their development as a soccer player. The following key elements of the 24hour athlete lifestyle will be included - Injury Prevention - Nutrition and Hydration - Sports Psychology - Rest and Recovery - 24 hour lifestyle
LO7 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of Sports Nutrition for optimal performance.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
• Identification of individual technical strengths and weaknesses • Develop individual technical development programme with position specific roles taken into consideration • Develop individual technique, skill and decision making in unopposed, semi opposed and opposed technical, functional and SSG practises
• Develop understanding of key game principles: (Attacking, Defending, Transition). • Develop understanding of specific positional roles and responsibilities of playing within different systems of play and variations (e.g. 4-4-2/ 4-3-3) • Develop understanding of how to play against and breakdown different systems of play and variations (e.g. 4-4-2/ 4-3-3)
• Develop and improve soccer specific fitness components through pitch and gym based activities. (Aerobic, Anaerobic, Speed, Agility, Balance, Co-ordination, Strength) • Undergo fitness testing and receive results and feedback on key individual improvement goals in relation to results. • Introduction to gym based strength and conditioning programme.
• Individual analysis of self performance. • Individual and team (SMART) short term goal setting • Pre-match routines, the warm-up, Post-match routines and pre-competition preparation • Creating a winning mentality
• Rest & recovery strategies • Individualisation of ancillary supports (Diet/ Nutrition, medical, sports science) • Personal responsibilities & Self discipline
• Creating positive Hobbies & Pastimes for an elite player • Understand the benefits of choosing a healthy and active lifestyle • Lifestyle balance • Training, performance and diet diary’s • Introduction to time management
Sports Nutrition
Healthy balanced diet. Energy requirements of athletes. Food pyramid/plate. Basic nutrients. Assessment of diet. Timing of ingestions, Hydration.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment35.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Participation in practical sessions:10% 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 n/a
Portfolio Completion of Player Development log book including written submissions totalling a minimum of 1,500 words: 25% 5,6 25.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Sports nutrition essay 6,7 15.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Position Specific Player Assessment on technical, tactical, physical and lifestyle capacities. 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 5.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.67
Total Hours 260.00