This article is written by one of our former players, Unai Arrieta, who still collaborates with us, and it will be focused on sports psychology. In the following lines, I will try to clarify one of the less developed components of competitive sport: the psychological component. However, everything that will be written here will be supported by the knowledge accepted […]
Please, let the kids play! (part 2) Due to the important role directors play in soccer and player evolution, it is crucial that they respect the different stages of players development and create the necessary conditions for coaches to properly fulfill their duties without thinking that their job is at risk just because they aren’t winning. Instead, coaches should be focusing on […]
What do you value the most in a player? In this article, we will find out what coaches have to say about players. Thus, it´s also interesting for the players to know what we look for as coaches. I asked the coaches of the top 5 teams in Liga Asobal last season, according to their […]
Please, let the kids play! (part 1) Each day, it becames more difficult to scouters to find talent in the age groups up to U-15, since these kids are increasingly getting equal in their abilities. The intrinsic motivation, the volitional aspects (i.e. related with their will) and work capacity which will help you realize […]
Intro In this topic, we will approach the importance and possible benefits of a good and organized high pressure. Is not easy to play 90 minutes pressuring on the opponent’s half, but in some moments of the game, it can make the difference. This is the kind of game situation where you don’t need extremely […]
Nowadays there is a wide range of books, websites, blogs, everything you want. We, as coaches, need to select really well what we want, that detail, that situation or exercise that will bring a little extra to our game idea, and consequently to our game model. This is because coaches today are more and more their […]
In soccer it’s necessary to master a set of motor skills, and for that a functionally strong core – capable of generating mechanical anchorage alongside hip movements regardless of the speed, is required. To achieve such responsiveness, we have to adapt accordingly, working on the dynamic stabilization of the trunk while the extremities produce movement. What are the typical efforts in […]
Intro We will discuss the exploration of the wide areas, to create imbalances in our opponent’s strategy. It is extremely important for a team to be able to use the maximum width of the field to explore those areas, and also to create space in the central lane, so the midfielders can create and play […]
For coaches, finding the best way to prepare a match is a brain-busting. We spend long hours thinking about what needs to be done to win the next match. With this in mind, I intend to tell you about my work method at Naturhouse La Rioja. I will not go into physical issues, just into the work method […]
Sometimes people comment that coaches create complex systems, hard to assimilate. Thus, we can establish a debate, a sort of discussion between a player’s freedom within the game and the work inside a collective system. I think they are compatible and both must adapt to their own features. It’s curious that when preseasons begun everybody […]
Intro In modern soccer, passing technique is considered the key principle of the collective game. After a brief conceptual approach, we will present a series of exercises to work passing technique through contextualized plays. In soccer, the pass is part of the collective technique – the actions that can put together two or more players of […]
This training session is planned in line with a short pass and supported style game model. The team needs to have some understanding of the game model, especially in the last 2 drills where the organization, both offensive and defensive, are the basis of the exercise. 4×4+3N – positional game Description: Seek to take the ball […]
Intro We begin with an approach to the concept of zonal defense. We compare it to other types of defense and relate it to the tactical principles of the game. Once we understand this kind of defense, we put into practice some drills that will allow you to work on this specific subject – the line-of-4 […]
Training Session where the focus is on defensive organization and offensive transition moments. Previously to this training session every sub-moments of the defensive organization have been trained several times. This means the players already had an interesting level of acquisition.
Pressing in modern Soccer, broadly discussed specially at a time that Offensive Transition is one of the best ways to get closer to the goal. Blocking your opponent and recover the ball has an extreme relevance and to do that we use Pressing.