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The last few weeks have been great! We’ve launched our new Membership Program for WORLD CLASS COACHING. We’ve also updated our web sites and Coach’s Training Center making it much easier to search for and find exactly what you need for your next training session. There are also a number of new features. I’m going to dedicate a whole episode next week to all of the aspects that will help make your life as a soccer coach so much easier.
The down time has also allowed me to spend some great time with my family. During the season I always wonder what people who don’t coach every evening and weekend do with their time. During the summer I get a little taste of that.
I’ve also been working on the Technical Training Manual for this fall. I’ve made some changes for this year but really just built on the work we did last spring.
I’m really ready for the new season with my new teams. It’s always great get a chance to work with new players and continue the development of those that are returning. I have a lot more new players this year given all of the changes that have taken place with the age groups.
Today I have an interview with an extremely innovative coach. He approaches the game from a very different perspective. He’ll challenge many of your commonly held beliefs. This includes his total focus on creative dribbling and finishing, the fact that he doesn’t teach passing and receiving, he trains his teams indoors year round, he doesn’t train his player’s weaker foot and he believes that he’s found a safer way to train heading, even in younger players.
In many ways he thinks of the game differently than any coach I’ve ever known. Every coach will take something away from this discussion that will change their perspective and have them rethinking what they do and why they do it.
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To receive a free copy of ‘Training Soccer Legends’ send Andy an email by clicking here.
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How do you deal with the very real aspect of FEAR??
What halts virtually every young player in developing 1v1 skills is not necessarily an inexperienced coach but by the fear from the player that if they make a mistake they will get screamed by teammates, the coach, their parents etc.
I use a SSG where players are ACTIVELY encouraged to try ANYTHING that isnt normal including the GK which seems to be missing out on this particular concept (one I wholeheartedly support by the way)
Shooting, going 1v1, tricks, unusual saves etc are all given the response of “WOW”, “Thats Tekkers”
Take away the fear will encourage players to WANT the ball which IS the What comes first the chicken or the egg scenario.
The key is to establish a risk supporting culture. Coaches, parents and teammates all have to be taught to buy into praising the effort to be creative irrespective of the outcome.
Loved the interview. Are you willing to share which skills you teach for specific situations? Ie. When a player is approaching another with pace vs when a player is shielding a player, etc.
This sequence contains my favorite moves and should give your players a deceptive way out of or through any type of defensive pressure:
1. Drag Maradona to Fake Shot Pull Back Behind the Leg
2. Fake Shot Pull Back Behind the Leg to Matthews
3. Matthews to Fake Pass Cruyff
4. Fake Pass Cruyff to Fake Shot Puskas
4. Fake Shot Puskas to Double Scissors
The above sequence contains the individual components of these moves:
1. Drag Maradona
3. Push Maradona
4. Weak Foot Fake Shot
5. Weak Foot Pull Back Behind the Leg
7. Strong Foot Fake Shot
10. Double scissors
12. Half Scissors
Thanks for the follow up!
What is a drag maradona, push maradona, and just to be safe half scissor?
Interesting and provocative for sure. Thanks for bringing him on to share his very experienced view in player development.
I’m rather new to coaching and this will provide some good food for thought as I consider the validity of his premises. If he is right, then a lot of us are wasting the player’s time at training things like passing and using their weaker foot.
Andy seems to be a great talker and painted a clear picture of his philosophy towards coaching soccer, as a ex player and coach
for over 45 years I can relate to some of the things he spoke about as I came from England and have lived and coached in the USA for 17yrs.
when Andy say’s by concentrating on attacking ( 1v1, goal scoring, attacking final third) and believing by doing this the players will be great at the rest of the game i.e. bringing the ball out from the back, defending, playing through the midfield, supporting the front players, transition from attack to defense and many more phases of the game this is where I have a hard time agreeing, the game has always been based on building from the back and always will be, if you don’t concede goals you don’t lose, one player can’t win a game it take’s 11, all the great clubs and county’s who have won championships have had good defense’s, even Brazil had to change there all out attacking style in the 90s and by doing so won the world cup again.
In the modern game its no difference with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Germany & Chile all start from the back.
When you coach youth players you need to expose them to all aspect’s of the game getting them to play in different positions to find where they can maximize there ability to its fullest, hopefully getting them to play in 2 positions, this will help them for not just today but also the future when trying out for school teams.
Having structured training sessions will achieve this using USSF & NCSAA format, sticking to one or two subjects at beach session.
Confidence for young players can easily be eroded by failure so find them some success in your sessions when you see this and nether criticize just in courage.
Bob Evans U15 head coach at Four Corners football club Orlando FL
Passing quickly through pressure is a big part of the 2 v 2 phase of the program. This phase also teaches defending under great pressure against excellent dribblers, finishers and quick combination passers.
Listened to the podcast yesterday and really enjoyed it.
I bought your book 10 years ago or so at the NSCAA National Coaching Convention and learned a lot from it.
What five to six moves do you now teach for the players to master?
Please earlier reply in this thread.
Very interesting. I was especially interested in finding out which drills, moves he recommends.
The end of the show notes says “Click on the image of the book to send Andy an email and receive a free copy of copy of his eBook.”, but when I click, I only get the image, no way to give you my email address, etc.
I hope the books are available somewhere, and I hope you do a follow-up interview with him. There are so many moves, and I have long felt like there is a need to prioritize the work the boys do to the few with the highest percentage success rate. I am interested to find out which he has settled on.
I’m sorry about the link. I wasn’t able to link the image so I added a ‘mailto:’ link below the images of the book and videos. If you refresh your page you should see it now.
I’m planning to follow up with Andy in the future and that’s one of the questions I’ll ask.
Please can you send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a free PDF copy of the book?
Very interesting perspective and I certainly buy-in to the concept that increased repetion and practice creates the “margin of greatness”. Consider Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours of practice ideology as other supporting evidence. That’s not to say I believe all these points in their entirety – particularly struggling with not developing opposite foot ability. I can recall several opposite foot goals and plenty of defensive scenarios where my strong foot would have not provided the optimal play on the ball. I do, however, like the concept of trimming down training to a consumable and repeatable amount of information. Would greatly appreciate insights into the specific moves by game situation – perhaps a podcast on this topic with accompanying training activities would be a great follow-up. Thanks, as usual, Tom for a great listen.
Please, please, please have Andy back on the show! He has impacted my ideas on player development more so than any other in all of my years coaching and playing. Every once in a while you gain a new perspective that is life changing. This interview has been one of those for me. Thank you for opening my eyes.
Rio Rapids Soccer Club – ABQ NM, USA