“Football is a mind game. You play with your brain
There are no time outs. Soccer can never be thought of as a series of set plays. Because of this soccer is not a coach centric exercise but is inherently player centric. To have a higher chance of succeeding at higher and older levels, players must be able to see game problems and have the ability to formulate their own solutions.
From a training perspective this means:
1. Players must be taught to understand concepts that they can apply to a wide range of situations. Players need to learn to make their own decisions. Players need to feel free to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.
4. Players need to feel free to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.