Mix this, add that, stir for 30 seconds and poof, outcomes Ronaldinho! Mmmm, not exactly that easy. Talent and character are among the first two that need to be in place, but is there a way to train & develop a player over a period of time? Is there specific do's and don'ts that a coach should follow. Is there exercises or applications that a coach can do that are proven to be better then others? Do you involve step overs, Maradona, and Cruyff moves that are broken down inch by inch? Or should you do basic "drills" that you PRAY that it works eventually for the dynamic game situations on the weekend.
This blog will only share an outline of the "formula" to develop a soccer player. And yes, to answer the question that you might be asking yourself by now. There is a formula that will provide success in soccer players, and yes there is specifics that a coach should follow. Before we shed some light on this, what is first? The decision or the technical execution? Most people will agree that an athlete thinks then performs the physical technique that the situation requires. The next logical question might be, what curriculum will directly impact this concept? Also, is there curriculum out there, that has been proven to be better then others. And if there is.... how does the coach use it, how often, and how do you coach it? Has someone proved this or is this just a big debate and there is no such thing has proven factual steps to develop a well rounded soccer player? Perhaps the last question could be, is there multiple ways to get from A to Z with an athlete but are some ways better than others or perhaps faster?
For now, I want to keep this blog short and simple. Sooooo.... Yes, there is formula(s) out there and proper curriculum to build a soccer athlete. And yes, I'd argue there is better ways then others, and yes I'd go the lengths to say it has been factually proven. You may have to hunt and research these facts, look at some data, and see it in person over a period of time but it has been proven. I've seen the data, I've seen the research and even seen it proven over a period of time. To make this even simpler, lets go straight to "point form".
Yes, some curriculum is outdated and should not be used anymore.
Yes, there are a variety of styles, approaches, and exercises that can apply to develop a soccer player but there are others that are in fact much better. Therefore, some wisdom needs to be used in your training time and investment with the players.
Yes, there are some secrets of how to drastically accelerate the learning environment for a soccer player.
Yes, there is evidence to prove this (See the Evidence blog).
Yes, not many are doing their homework and chasing the answers or wanting to know, "is there a better way?" But, there is!
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