- Discovering one’s (im)possibilities through trial & error.
- Natural development: ‘learn football by playing football.’
- No ‘coaching’ but organising fun football exercises.
- Replicating the ‘street / park football ’ environment of the past.
- Emphasis on building a love for the game.
Skill Acquisition Phase
- In the Skill Acquisition Phase the coach must focus exclusively on providing a solid foundation of technical skills.
- If the player does not gain this skill foundation during this phase it will be very difficult to make it up later.
- No amount of fitness or competitive spirit will ever compensate for deficiencies in functional game skills.
Game Training Phase
- Preparing players for competitive football by teaching them to apply the functional game skills in a team setting.
- Developing tactical awareness, perception and decision-making through a game-related approach to training.
- Preparing teams for a competition environment where winning becomes the main aim.
- Training to focus on solving football problems based on match analysis.
- Football Conditioning becomes a key part of the program