As a youth football academy, we actively encourage players to ‘express themselves’ as a way of creating and developing their football capability within a structured programme.
A players development is much more than winning a game of football, its about the journey. At Inter Africa, we see our coaches developing the players ‘body and mind’. We continually challenge a players cognitive thinking (strategic thinkers and problem solvers) and technical capability (effective use of skills) in a fast-paced team environment. The ultimate goal for the Academy is to develop smart, creative, resilient and high performing players driven by their want to be the best player they can possibly be.
The Academy core values act as a moral compass ensuring the coaches and players do not lose their direction or focus on or off the field. Importantly, the core values engender respect for oneself and others, builds strength of character, self-discipline and persistence to strive for excellence in all that we do.
We see our role being more than just a football academy, we want to partner with parents to support them to develop their children into future role models and leaders in sport but also the wider community.
The tactical content covered in our sessions include general and specific ideas, concepts and principles of the game to make players as performing as autonomous as possible. We seek to design players who will show resourcefulness in the game and reach top performance during their career. This starts from knowing what is attacking or defending, to much more detailed ideas of team play. We have formulated a plan that helps players evolve tactically from as early as five years of age to their late ‘teens’. From our experience we have found that basic concepts, skills and football habits can be learnt at an early age and we find our Minis programme is an effective solution to achieve this outcome. We continue to develop players through our carefully designed programmes to ‘stage’ the introduction of more complex concepts through skills training which includes spatial awareness in defence and attack, tactical and strategic positioning, technical prowess and dynamic game movements.
- Players will always be placed on teams that will best suit their personal development.
- Player development means the advancement of skills and enjoyment of the game for all players at all ability levels.
- Coaches to encourage individual player improvement and conditioning in accordance with the development matrix.
- Player development always takes precedence over winning.
- Coaches to teach players to “play to win” rather than coaches “coaching to win”.
- Coaches to provide constructive feedback to all players on individual strengths and opportunities for further improvement.
- IAFA players will play all positions, including goalkeeper.
- Equal playing time for players across the period of the season. This may be affected by poor player behaviour and inconsistent practice attendance.
Fun, Respectful and Rewarding for All:
- Love the game, be positive in all your actions and interactions.
- Respect for: Yourself, Teammates, Referees, Coaches, Opponents, and Equipment
- Sportsmanship: Win with dignity. Lose with pride.
Safety & Wellbeing:
- Coaches to encourage proper nutrition and hydration.
- Coaches to create a safe environment for all practices and games, this includes the field conditions and the style of play.
- Coaches to be alert to injuries, concussion and prudent with recovery times.