Fussball Junior Academy (Towson University, Spring 2019)

Updated Tuesday November 13, 2018 by Richard Moller.

SUCCESS IN SOCCER!

DEVELOPMENT WITH PURPOSE!

The Fussball Junior Academy will run a 10-week long soccer program at Towson University this fall. The junior academy program includes ten practice sessions during the week and ten scrimmages on the weekend.

The junior academy program is for boys & girls, ages 4-8, all levels are welcome. The junior academy is led by Towson legend, Richard Möller (program's first NSCAA All-American, first NSCAA Scholar All-American and Richard was inducted to the Towson Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017). Richard is a UEFA A-license holder, German Youth National Team Coach and a former College Coach at Vassar, Dartmouth and Hopkins winning 6 Conference titles and 3 Coach of The Year titles (8 NCAA appearances in his 15 years): “I helped write the curriculum for player development in Germany which is being applied across the country. We put much emphasis on the ages 4-8 which prepares players for the Golden Age (8-12) and I am thrilled to run the junior academy at Towson where it all began for me here in the US.”

The Fussball Academy applies four building blocks: 1. general movement, 2. soccer-oriented movement training, 3. soccer-specific technique training and 4. playing soccer and the building blocks abide a unique curriculum to develop the all-around soccer player.

Registration will open at the end of the summer. For questions, please email Director, Richard Möller, at richard@fussballacademy.com.

Q&A with Founder and Director, Richard Möller.

Q: What is the primary objective of the Fussball Academy?

A: The primary objective is to share the excitement of soccer with children, to offer children a well-rounded basic athletic training program, to include both challenges and encouragement in our program, and to provide children guidance on the field and off.

Q: What makes this Fussball Academy unique?

A: Our program is age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate. For example, for ages 5-6 a major focus is on developing and training a broad repertoire of motor skills. For ages 7-10 a major focus is on coordination training and individual training (1 v. 1 play).

Q: Does the Fussball Academy employ a German training model?

A: Yes, it does. I helped the German Soccer Federation write the curriculum for Player Development and Germany offers one of the best youth training models in the world. Additionally, Richard has won multiple Youth Euro Cups & Youth World Cups as a former German Youth National Team Coach.

For U6 and under we teach a wide range of movements and want the children to experience the fun of unstructured play. For U10 and under we develop their coordination skills, teach the rudiments of basic techniques and want our players to enjoy the game of soccer.

Training Model for the Youth Academy (Please click here for additional information on our philosophy and training models.):

U6 and under: 1. Teaching a wide range of movements. 2. Experiencing the fun of unstructured play. (Basic Instruction)

U7/U8/U9/U10: 1. Developing coordination. 2. Learning the rudiments of basic techniques. 3. Enjoying the game of soccer. (Intermediate Training)

Too many clubs in this country use the Adult System when developing players at a very early age. The focal point, therefore, is winning instead of applying the right building blocks for the proper age. Each year the building blocks adjust and coaches need to have the proper education coupled with experience to apply it. How many teams focus on coordination training at the age of 8 regularly or at all? This wide-spread philosophy candidly hinders systematic player development. The Golden Age, ages 8-12, is the most important time to develop players technically and their 1 on 1 skills. Many clubs fail to take advantage of this precious time. For example, technique should be fully developed by the time a player reaches the age of 13. The result of the Adult System is that many promising players' performance, ages 8-12, start declining shortly after and the ones who did not receive equal attention never received a chance to develop properly. US Soccer published an article that over 80% of youth players quit club soccer between years 12-17. Here at the Fussball Academy we developed a training model developing every player!  This allows for proper development at every age group whether it is during the Golden Age, or between ages 14-18.

"I was always the smallest and skinniest player while growing up. I did not hit a growth spurt and fill out until I was 18. If this Adult System would have been in place in Germany I would have never played for 1. F.C. Kaiserslautern, the German Youth National Teams, become a DI All-American and be drafted to play professional soccer in the US because bigger and stronger players would have received all the attention, especially in the earlier stages!", says Founder Richard Möller.