Sale United see players’ development as long term. The emphasis for our youngest players is on giving them confidence with a ball at their feet. We want them to express themselves, and even to make mistakes. We encourage them to make their own decisions, rather than be told what to do by the coach.
Our youngest players will learn from a 5v5 format, giving them lots of opportunities with a ball.
As they progress through the club this will increase to 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11.
The development pathway at Sale revolves around the principles of enjoyment and fun, giving our players the maximum intrinsic reward possible for playing the game.
All of our coaches incorporate challenges for individuals and squads as well as pass on their knowledge of the game to allow their players to learn, practice and improve their footballing abilities.