Player Streaming - What is it and why do we do it?

  • Youth football clubs exist to develop a football player’s ability and to have fun.
  • Player streaming is the process that allows the movement of players between the teams, in line with their level and speed of development.
  • The primary aim is for all the players to have fun, whilst developing at their own rate and playing in a team which is consistent with their own ability.
  • Streaming can be a contentious issue and it is inevitable that there will be some level of debate and difference of opinion
  • Windsor FC youth has successful examples of streaming which form the club best practice
  • If complaints about streaming occur in an age group, the club will instruct the managers to follow the agreed club best practice

Responsibilities & Considerations

Considerations

  • Players with special needs
  • Availability of qualified coaches in age group
  • Professional Academies can scout players from U9
  • Team size changes e.g. U11: 7v7 to 9v9
  • League selection/standard (Thames Valley, East Berks, Wycombe, North Hants)
  • League division streaming
  • Players playing in an older age group in carefully agreed circumstances
  • Streaming of goalkeepers
  • Training location and day
  • New manager/coach appointments require consent of club chair and facilities officer

Responsibilities

  • Streaming decisions are made at “Age Group Level” by all team managers up to U13
  • The Age Group Coordinator (AGC) role is important to ensure the Streaming Process is carried out fairly and communicated carefully to minimise conflict
  • Individual managers and parents/carers can have conflicting priorities
  • The welfare and development of every child remains the priority at all times
  • A well defined club streaming process should follow best-practices

Best Practices

1. Process:
Follow a clear process that has been pre-agreed.

2. Transition:
Ensure the transition is handled professionally for players moving to a lower team. (NB: Players are usually happier a few weeks after streaming when they are with players of similar ability and have made new friends.)

3. Coach Team-working:
Team coaches should ideally not be agreed & appointed until afterplayers streaming. This avoids coaches believing they “own” any specific team and it reminds coaches/parents that players welfare and development is the sole consideration.

4. Avoid Conflicts of Interest:
Coaches should not stream their own children to avoid conflict of interest.

Signs of Poor Practice

  • Complaints from parents/carers
  • Negative Feedback from parents/carers
  • Players leaving to join other teams
  • Volunteers resigning from coaching or joining other clubs
  • Coaches discontent, arguments, non-team-working

If these situations occur the club will follow its standard complaints process with powers to:

1. Warn about future conduct
2. Suspend membership pending further education/training
3. Decline membership

Examples of Streaming Process at WFCY

Example: Harriers U8, 2012

TECHNIQUE

Technique refers to a player’s ability to perform specific mechanical movements such as kicking,
trapping or throwing the ball. The mark of an experienced player is smooth, efficient motion and the
ability to elegantly transition between different techniques.
– Kicking: Striking the ball, Ability, to use both feet, and learn instep and out step techniques (I have
done a few sessions on using insteps and out steps in corner and free kick scenarios in training for
instance)
– Ball Control skills: Controlling the ball at speed, trapping the ball
– Awareness: ability to play in varying positions on the pitch
– Heading ability (be determined to head the ball and not duck)
– Dribbling: How to move with the ball (ie. around cones, through slalom poles), creative dribbling,
ability to go around defenders (this is where tricks and skills come in)
– Throw-in abilities and technique
– Tackling: ability to time tackles properly, and not go to ground, being able to use different tackling
methods, like poke tackles, sliding tackles, block tackles, jockeying, pressuring the ball.
– Passing – precision & timing
– Finishing – Ability to judge accuracy and power, chipping, passing shot, etc.
– Marking
– Foot – Left
– Foot – Right

Example: Communication Post-Streaming

Subject: Windsor FC Youth Harriers -U9 Season 2012/13 –Player Streaming II

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Harriers player streaming process is repeated at least once per year, to allow the movement of players between the teams,inline with their level and speed of development.

The streaming process for next season has been carried out by Paul Copland, Simon Weston, Paul Rundle, Derek Boys, Patrick Dzimba, Leighton Wilks throughout the past months. After weeks of assessment by all the coaches and using the FA’s Learning and Development Plan, the coaches have carefully re-selected all the teams.Your child’s current coach may contact you soon if your child is directly affected by the current streaming process.

It is inevitable that there will be some level of debate and difference of opinion. However, we would kindly ask you to understand that the primary aim is for all the players to have fun, whilst developing at their own rate and playing in a team which is consistent with their own ability. We appreciate that this can be a contentious issue and so really appreciate your continued understanding and support. If you do have any questions or queries, please contact your age group coordinator or one of the team managers.

Finally, it is possible that additional managers may be required to support these teams, so we would appreciate it if anybodywho is interested in helping to manage a team would inform us asap -thanks.

Best regards and thank-you for your continued support,

Simon, Paul, Paul, Derek, Leighton, Patrick

Example: Streaming Analysis Report (Extract)

Example: Streaming Assessment Criteria (Extract)

SOCIAL

– The way in which a player interacts with team mates (positively)
– Communication
– Positioning and awareness on and off the ball
– Influence on the game
– Ability to listen to coaches, and drill methods, and pick them up?
– Concentration and discipline during training and matches. Also during team talks in match?
– Ability to “keep ones head up” when trying out new techniques that might not be easy to learn
– Not back chatting coaches or goading opposition during matches
– Fun & enjoyment?
– Ability to build relationships
– Inclusion & Participation
– Support from parents

TECHNIQUE

Technique refers to a player’s ability to perform specific mechanical movements such as kicking,
trapping or throwing the ball. The mark of an experienced player is smooth, efficient motion and the
ability to elegantly transition between different techniques.
– Kicking: Striking the ball, Ability, to use both feet, and learn instep and out step techniques (I have
done a few sessions on using insteps and out steps in corner and free kick scenarios in training for
instance)
– Ball Control skills: Controlling the ball at speed, trapping the ball
– Awareness: ability to play in varying positions on the pitch
– Heading ability (be determined to head the ball and not duck)
– Dribbling: How to move with the ball (ie. around cones, through slalom poles), creative dribbling,
ability to go around defenders (this is where tricks and skills come in)
– Throw-in abilities and technique
– Tackling: ability to time tackles properly, and not go to ground, being able to use different tackling
methods, like poke tackles, sliding tackles, block tackles, jockeying, pressuring the ball.
– Passing – precision & timing
– Finishing – Ability to judge accuracy and power, chipping, passing shot, etc.
– Marking
– Foot – Left
– Foot – Right

Decision Making 2014-2015

Responsibility

Process