a natural evolution
Many of the greatest players tell of a childhood playing street football. That’s because the street game helps to develop instinct and awareness. In street football, players quickly learn to visualise; to adapt naturally to changes in game context. The Practice Play methodology builds on this concept. It extracts the basic processes of street football and formalises them, turning the crude – but effective – practice environment of the street into an exceptionally powerful and immersive coaching methodology.
Natural practice makes natural players
Exposure to realistic game situations is vital to a young player’s football education. But too much emphasis can be at the expense of skill development. Practice Play strikes the perfect balance between the two, with a carefully worked-out combination of realism and formal process that helps players to grow a powerful ‘team consciousness’ while developing high levels of skill and individualism.
Systematic and simple
Although there is much more to the Practice Play methodology than can be covered here, it is fundamentally simple. Essentially, the methodology breaks the coaching process into three areas:
Small group work in which groups of players intermingle and develop skills.
Small area work, in which opposition is introduced.
Game work, which incorporates full game situations.
We also show the coach how to make use of a wide range of tools such as practice time, voice, guided discovery, Q/A coaching, command style coaching, and coaching position and vision.
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