On this website we have aimed to provide a quick snap shot of the type of work that helps define “Playing the 1v1 Way’! The player skills section illustrates some basic elements that form the cornerstone of our programs.
We have put technique at the cornerstone of all our programs and look to combine this with game intelligence (at an individual level) . Good technique is a base requirement that will really determine how far our players will progress, in addition to their ability to consistently make the right choices and create solutions on the field.
As Dennis Bergkamp observed in his recent book “Stillness and Speed” – “the best players are the players who adjust to the situation they’re given in the right way”
Young players of the future will be required to release the ball accurately and instantly over a variety of distances using both feet and on any surface. A quality first touch will be critical as will the ability to operate successfully in congested areas with speed and precision.
Retaining possession will be a key feature of play to disguise their direct opponents. The ability to exchange passes quickly and accurately with teammates on a consistent basis will increase in importance as a player gets older, rather than repeatedly taking players on in 1v1 attacking situations.
As players mature they will have to demonstrate their ability to decide what to do and when to do it within the demands of game situations.
If all of this sounds like too much “theory” just consider the success in recent years of the Spanish national men’s team — winners of the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. Every player on the team, regardless of his position, has a flawless first touch, knows how to move the ball quickly and makes sound, quick decisions in all phases of the game.