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Coaching Principles



Training Integration

Training exercises must reflect the multi-faceted nature of the game itself. The session library focuses on a collection of foundational training exercises (soccer drills) that address the training of both physiological and psychological systems in tandem. Traditional coaching theory and methodologies have centered around primarily isolated soccer skill training and development. But we know now and from the integration of sports science into football that this is not the most efficient way to train football players. The goal therefore is to create exercises that stimulate a player/teams cognitive and physiological skills in an environment optimized for learning. Often there is a gap between the theory and practice in the football world. This project is designed to bridge this gap, with the various discipline of science and the game itself driving exercise design.

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Training Efficiency

Are you training your players as efficiently as possible? As coaches at all levels of the game we have limited time each week to develop and coach our players. Careful consideration should be given to the design, content and management of football training exercises in order to efficiently use training time. Training sessions must require an integration of the physiological and psychological components of the game. Every exercise must be built with the game in mind, mirroring the actions, intensities, and positions of a match as best possible within a teaching framework. The training environment is simply a snippet/moment of a match broken down into a controllable/coachable arena. We propose an 'environment based training' where players experience as closely as possible moments of the full game from match day.

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Football Intelligence

The worlds top football academies (FC Barcelona - La Masia, Ajax, Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, etc) are producing highly intelligent and instinctual football players. Capable of playing in tight spaces under high levels of pressure making thousands of decisions and actions per football match. Functional neurology has shown us that the actions and processes needed to develop 'vision' and 'awareness' can be trained (coached). Gradually to become reflex and automated. Observation and understanding of where your team mates, opponent and the ball are critical to understanding positioning and the appropriate actions (pass, cross, shot) to be performed.
Visual abilities effect football performance. Technical proficiency must be complimented with a high level of football intelligence in high level competition. It is vital therefore, that our exercises allow players opportunities to train observation technique/behaviors and make decisions. Focusing not only on the end action (i.e. pass, cross, shot), but the positioning and movements surrounding it also.

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Guiding Principles

The training library is a collection of foundational exercises that address the development of both the interdependent physiological and psychological systems in tandem. Unfortunately traditional coaching methodologies have centered around primarily isolated technical skill development.

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