Developing Savvy Soccer Players
Foundation for Savvy Players
In "Teaching Games for Understanding" (TGfU), published in 1982, teachers and coaches learn to introduce soccer and other invasion sports (futsal, basketball, football, handball, floorball, hockey, netball, rugby, bandy, lacrosse, polo, etc.) by having children first play:
Playing simple children's invasion games first, teaches children the objective and basic tactics of all invasion games; the foundation for learning to play all team invasion sports.
Savvy Trivia: Johan Cruyff, widely regarded as one of the best players to ever play soccer, believed your mind needs to see moves before they happen in games. In an interview Cruyff''s teammate, Thomas Rongen, related Cruyff's admiration of Bobby Fischer's ability to play multiple World Class Chess Masters at the same time and to see moves ahead of each of them before they happened.
Stop Helping Opponents Win
Learning is faster and easier when players feel successful. And the quickest way to make players feel more successful is to have them stop doing those things that help their opponents. When teams stop helping opponents they become more successful, their opponents become less successful and games become more balanced.
See Stop Helping Opponents Win
Help You Team When You Don't Have the Ball
In soccer, players only have the ball 3% (full 11-a-side game on large field) to 11% (5 players on a field the size of a basketball court) of the time depending on the number of players and size of the field. What you do during the time when you don't have the ball helps decide how well you and your team plays.
When you don't have the ball:
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When You Have Possession of the Ball
When you have the ball you are in charge and what you decide to do will influence the game. In some cases you will have an open and direct shot at goal, while in others you will be far from the goal and have to decide if there is someone on your team in a better position to help your team.
Whatever you decide the decision will be yours and the success of your team will be the culmination of all the decisions by all the players on your team.
Decisions are Yours to Make
Your decisions are yours to make and to live with. Your coach, parents and other spectators will try to guide you and help you, but in the end the decision will be yours.
Read the pages written for you, learn to play your best and always try to become the best that you can be.