Why training with a
ball has multiple benefits to our players?
Soccer has seen a huge growth in the United States in the
last 30 years, and is now the fast growing youth sport in the US today.Apart from the US, soccer or as the rest of
the world knows it, ‘football' is the world's most popular sport.With Professional players earning up to a
staggering $100 million a year and college Scholarships hard to come by, it is
good reason that we should stand up and take note at why it is so popular.
Its endurance alone stands amongst one of the most
physically demanding sports, with some of the top athletes running up to 9
miles per game.The passion, intensity
and friendships you get from the game only secure its title as, ‘the beautiful
The game is so multi dimensional that in truth there is no
right or wrong way to play.It is only
passions and principles that make the game taught in different methods and
styles.The Italians, known for their
meticulous defending and creativity going forward, the Germans zonal defending
and strong midfield ethics stamp there authority as one of the best footballing
nations, and of course the English with its notorious 4-4-2 style plays,
allowing wide attacking play, lends to a variety of types of styles.It is these systems and formation that as a
coach I try to adapt from all over the world and use in methods of training
within the club.
As an Englishman I have always been brought up around the
‘beautiful game' and still religiously watch soccer on a daily basis, getting
new ideas and continuing my education in the game.During my 9 years in the US, the one model
that I have always stuck with is becoming the ‘master of the ball'.The Master of the ball, what exactly does
that mean?In the US, sports are very
organized and structured, I question this structure, but don'tsee that as a bad thing, it's just different
to the spontaneous play of the shanty towns in South America, or using ‘jumpers
as goal post' in Europe, the thing that I do see that effectthe American development in comparison to the
rest of the world is that it is not habitual, the structured sessions allow on
average only 3 hours of organized coaching per week, and unfortunately that
tends to be the only time players spend with the ball.It is my job to capture that moment and offer
as much as my expertise to that session, to influence players with the passion
of the game I have, to allow all players at all times to either have a ball at
their feet or to share a ball in a small sided group play.The question that I generate to Parents who
believe that their child isn't running enough, or comments such as, ‘make him
do a lap, or wind sprints' is, surely they can do that easier in their spare
time, that learning the complex skill of passing a ball with pace, or curve,
needs to be the technical basis of all sessions!If players are to do extracurricular
activity, i.e, practicing outside the organized times, surely it's easier to
run than to teach themselves the technical complexities, forming bad habits. I
certainly encourage touching the ball in their spare time, but to chose
‘running' in an organized practice with a ‘$paid$' trainer or to learn from
someone with experience of the game, surely the later has experiential
When you watch any of our training sessions, our emphasis is
maximum participation, in a fun safe learning environment through innovative
coaching.You will rarely see laps,
lines and coaching lecturing players, however, as you know with most youth
soccer players, some forms of discipline maybe in this manor, but I truly
believe that if you get your players passionate about attending practices, and
giving you 100% effort, then you can maximize conditioning as well as having
them develop their skills as a player, which within our club is an essential
part of learning and developing.
With all that being said, next time you drop your child off,
or you drive by another clubs training, take note at the different styles, and
ask yourself what you think the best method is; running without a ball, with no
player development, or a combination of, high intensity training and becoming
the master of the ball.
As always, I happy for discussion regarding any soccer
matter, please look for more articles and philosophies in the section.Anyone who has a particular question or
thoughts on a matter please let me know and I will try my best to offer you my
thoughts and ideas.
Below is something that is copied directly from www.coerver.com, with emphasis on ‘Ball
new curriculum is represented by the Pyramid of Player Development which consists
of 6 building blocks.
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