Applied Methods: Rugby & Soccer

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 2322
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Field Experience
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach or coach rugby and soccer lessons. Students will learn to analyze, plan, lead, and perform rugby and soccer activities using a tactical games approach that emphasizes the transfer of understanding across similar game forms.
Course Content

Historical and Theoretical Factors in Rugby and Soccer
The student will:

  1. Describe the origin and historical development of each game
  2. Describe positional concepts related to on-ball and off-ball roles, rules, and common terminology of each game

Fundamental Factors for Effective Performance
The student will:

  1. Describe and apply affective, cognitive, and psychomotor elements in the educational setting
  2. Describe and apply technical, tactical, physical, and psychomotor elements in the coaching setting

Techniques and Tactics in Rugby and Soccer
The student will:

  1. Describe and demonstrate technical elements of effective individual performance including, but not limited to, the following for rugby:
  • ready position
  • movement (i.e., body – feet, hands, head, etc.)
  • passing and receiving a pass
  • kicking and catching
  • rucking, mauling and scrumming
  • lineouts
  • tackling
  • evasive running
  • Describe and demonstrate technical elements of effective individual performance including, but not limited to, the following for soccer:
    • ready position
    • movement (i.e., body – feet, hands, head, etc.)
    • kicking and passing
    • heading
    • trapping
    • dribbling
    • tackling
    • throwing
    • goaltending
    • ball control
  • Describe the appropriate sequencing of skill acquisition and progressions
  • Link inter-task and intra-task transfer of skills to each game, where and when applicable
  • Describe and demonstrate tactical elements of effective team performance including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Attack Concepts (related to On-Ball and Off-Ball Elements):
      • variety / control
      • tempo / power
      • deception
      • distraction
      • improvisation
      • transition
    • Defensive Concepts (related to On-Ball and Off-Ball Elements):
      • concentration
      • anticipate and adjust
      • read and react
      • communicate and commit
      • control and restraint
      • transition
    • Systems of Play:
      • formations and structures – offensive and defensive set plays

    Observation and Analysis Methods and Procedures
    The student will describe and demonstrate:

    1. scope: components of observation and analysis
    2. approaches: types and methods of observation and analysis
    3. qualitative and quantitative analysis
    4. error detection, prioritizing, and correction
    5. analyzing individual and team performance

    Instructional Strategies and Professional Development
    The student will describe and demonstrate:

    1. alternative teaching and coaching approaches
    2. class management strategies
    3. developmentally appropriate technical and tactical progressions and drills
    4. principles of effective instruction
    5. seasonal planning and training principles
    Learning Activities
    • Lecture
    • Discussion groups
    • Practical applications and experiences
    • Field observation
    • Technology assisted learning
    Means of Assessment

    Assessments forms will be left to instructor discretion in relation to the following guidelines and understanding that all four of the following areas are relevant to course objectives and are to be included in the assessment processes stipulated by the instructor.

    Professionalism and Personal Movement Competence (up to 25%)

    Activity / Games Knowledge (up to 25%)

    Skill and Tactical Analysis Ability (up to 30%)

    Instructional Knowledge and Skill (up to 30%)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

    1. Identify historical and theoretical factors that have influenced the development of the games of rugby and soccer.
    2. Integrate educational and coaching elements in the overall design of instructional or seasonal units and lesson plans for rugby and soccer.
    3. Demonstrate correct performance in selected skills and tactics, as well as compare inter-task and intra-task transfer of selected skills and tactics, where and when applicable, involved in the performance of rugby and soccer.
    4. Apply observation, analysis, and feedback methods and procedures to detect and correct errors in selected skills and tactics during game performance.
    5. Work through an instructional model and its application to selected skills and tactics for rugby and soccer, while developing communication, organizational, and administrative abilities and skills needed to present a professional image and portfolio as a teacher or coach.
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    Applied Methods Course Pack & Supplementary materials (i.e., articles and textbooks) when required



    No prerequisite courses.


    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

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    Course Transfers

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    Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 2322
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
    Langara College (LANG) LANG KINS 2XXX (3)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 163 (1) & TWU HKIN 2XX (2)
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KPE 1XX (3)
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 121 (0.5) & UVIC EPHE 123 (0.5)

    Course Offerings

    Winter 2023