We understand what representative players receive in their club environment, so we focus our programs on providing development in key areas where it is either absent or not covered thoroughly enough.
We scaffold a player’s learning process, to create intelligent footballers. Our key focus is entirely on the individual and we look at preparing our sessions to coach our players to manage situations where they have to deal with opponents from all three directions. Players can master execution through our technical games, then build through 1v1 practice, and finally complete the transference of information into the game with specifically designed tactical games.
What is evident in our Advanced programs, is that it is supported by research and studies. Our training is specific to individual development, and our small group settings provide maximum learning to each player, as shown in Rick Fenoglio’s study on 4v4. Goals are present in every game component at the academy, and most of our tactical games are transition based. This supports the fact that approximately 90% of goals are scored in five passes or less, suggesting moments of broken play close to the goal, as proven in Ronald Smith’s thesis.
Our highly qualified coaching staff are experienced in developing technique and individual decision making. They are solely focused on player development, as opposed to playing systems, positions or any team style coaching.
Training runs for an hour and a half and consists of:
The results showed:
It is obvious that 4v4 presents the best setting to develop as a footballer. It is also well documented that it is the most relevant to the normal game than any other setting.
The graph highlights the importance of having goals and making games as relative as possible. This study was conducted with two wall players at either end, instead of goals. This is a reflective study on SSG’s that are common in most training environments. You will notice that dribbling is considerably lower than passing and receiving, which is a concern in the 1v1 and 2v2 settings especially.
Much like futsal and even basketball, our tactical games are transition based for the purpose of being most relevant. It also lends to the fact that it is more intense, improves speed of thought and better for individual development. We are also subsequently developing players finishing skills, and composure under high pressure. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a study comparison done with goals at either end instead of players. However, the Rick Fenoglio study shows the positive numbers in dribbling, shooting and finishing, which are more individual focused areas