Performance Improvement Tip #34: What players aged 5-8 should focus on – a 4 corner model

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In the future the best players will be those who can excel in a fast paced environment. There will be  even greater demands on technique, tactical understanding and physical conditioning. Players today are faster and cover greater distances than previous generations. Passing combinations are faster and there is an increased importance on controlling possession. More goals […]

Performance Improvement Tip #33: Be prepared to press, persist and possess

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The modern game is one of flexibility. The game is more fluid than ever and the top teams now deploy “inverted full-backs and wingers”, false number 9s and ball-playing goalkeepers to deal more effectively with retaining possession and winning it back quickly. The game today resembles more and more the sport of basketball where the […]

We are launching our own Talent Development Program to mirror the success achieved by Germany in Developing Individual Players

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We are launching our first centre in Burlington and are looking now at other areas in Kitchener and Toronto. Our vision is that these centres would be accessible and affordable to all and staffed by highly qualified skills coaches.             Read about the Talent Development Centres in Germany  For several years we have been advocating […]

Performance Improvement Tip # 31: Develop at your own pace, you don’t have to be in a certain program at a certain age

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One of the greatest impediments of youth development in sports is the pressure placed on young players, by coaches and parents. One of the greatest pieces of advice that I can pass on to young players is enjoy the game (it is a game) and focus on improving your skills. Nothing else matters. Look at […]

Performance Improvement Tip # 30: Use your phone….and maximize your potential

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In recent weeks several professional coaches have spoke up or taken actions against players being on their phones excessively. Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has removed Wi-Fi from Manchester City’s training group after allegedly coming across a player on his cell phone in the treatment room. Similarly, Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray has banned cell […]

Performance Improvement Tip : Be smarter than other players

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Men’s Health magazine reported in 2012 that research by Predrag Petrovic (PhD and lead researcher at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm) concluded that soccer players score within the top 2 to 5 per cent of the population when tested on memory, multitasking and creativity. Soccer is a rapidity changing game with quick movements of the ball, teammates […]