Private Soccer Training – Helpful or Hurtful

I want you to take a look at the clip below…Now I’m not going to talk bad about this…What I am going to do is just break it down from a more global standpoint and tell you the problems I have with it…

 

Now, before we go any further, please understand this…I am all for kids doing private training outside of normal training…however, that training cannot have a negative effect, or take away from what they are learning during the week…futhermore, the type of private training above is not done in the top soccer nations…at least not Spain and Brazil which I have personally visited and can attest to…

So let’s get back to the video…If you watch modern soccer, the days of the crazy step overs and tricks are quickly fading…Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are about the only two world class players I can think of that utilize these types of complex moves…

On another note, there are countless players that play simple and only use basic moves like the cut with the outside of the foot and the push with the inside of the foot…other than that, they are using change of speed and direction along with deceptive movements of the body and eyes…these players include Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Oscar, Juan Mata, Ribiery and countless others…

So what is wrong with above…take a look at the almost 4 minute clip an tell how many times those girls pick up their heads…they continually stare at the ball…their minds are stifled because all of their brain power is wrapped up in thinking about the move…if they had another defender or even teammates around they wouldn’t be able to recognize or place them…that is a problem…

These girls are 12 and 13 years old…the fundamentals are not there…In America we are obsessed with bigger, faster and stronger to solve all of our problems…their problems can only be solved by slowing down and executing properly…

One of the most important fundamentals this age is keeping the head up when driving or dribbling…every 2 to 3 touches max the players head needs to come up and scan their surroundings…If these were my players, I would have to yank them from this training as it would affect them negatively…

Now, if you take the same training and have these girls get their heads up and simplify the movements, then this would be excellent training outside of team practices…

There are three things I focus on with my young players when they are driving 1 v 1….

  1. Drive the ball directly at the defender and take away their angle to defend maintaining proper vision
  2. Make one move and beat the player….use change of speed, direction, and body and eye fakes instead of complex step overs
  3. Once you beat the player you need to cut in their lane and get up the field…do not let them recover…you should never have to beat the same player 2 times in a row…

Again, I am not saying not to practice on your own or with a trainer…all I am saying is that when you do, you need to ensure that you are carrying out proper fundamentals…don’t worry about speed, at these ages you need to worry about technique, fundamentals and building the proper foundation…

Thoughts?

Coach Randle

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