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Guiding Curriculum

Barnies has established a leading development curriculum

The Barnies methodology is based and inspired by the teachings of Johan Cruyff, the Dutch Master.  This method and system has its own characteristics that are having a major impact around the world.  This impact is not only on a professional level but most importantly, on a formative and junior development level.


The emphasis of the Barnies School of Soccer relies on: 


  1. Technique (constant practice of core skills) and
  2. Positioning (awareness) to develop
  3. Football intelligence.  


Our style is most clearly associative football where all players contribute to the game.


Our attitude is generous with teammates and respectful to everyone, but of course, with an eye on the opposition's goal.

Stage 1 of Development:

The Discovery Stage


Designed for our youngest soccer stars .... this is all about Natural Football Development through games.


Our Coaching Philosophy


There are two core objectives for the development stage:


Objective 1 - Have fun

Objective 2 - Development


This is achieved through lots of fun game based activities (and plenty of penalty shoot-outs)

where the kids have fun and laugh whilst exploring the game.

Stage 2 of Development:

Skill Acquisition


Skill Aquisition directly relates to:


Objective 2:  Development


At this age (9-12), the kids are becoming more ready for 'structure' around training.


Accordingly, we now bring in core skills that they will take with them until their playing days are over


Skills Aquisition - although varied - revolves around 4 key concepts and skills


1. First Touch

2. One on One

3. Running with the Ball

4. Striking the Ball


Practice of these four key elements covers about 95% of the actions of players during a game.

Stage 3 of Development:

Game Training


Just because we are a community club, does not dimish our competitiveness or desire to win - it merely re-orders the intent of our coaching.


We continue to devlop skills (now based around realistic situaitons) and play to develop and have fun.


Our Coaching Curriculum


At this stage, we are preparing the kids for playing on the big pitch in a competitive environment.


Tactical awareness, decision making, positioning and realistic game situations are introduced.


Opponents, team mates, directions, rules and consequences ... 


Our four key areas of focus and development become about:


1. Playing Out

2. Attacking

3. Defending

4. Transitioning​​​​​​​


Our Formative Football Curriculum

Where Soccer is 4 All

Our Performance Curriculum

Including Accelerated Development Pathways

International Pathways

Direct Pathways to International Opportunties