Barcelona's Youth Development and Academy History

Barcelona's Youth Development and Academy History

The teams within many American soccer clubs wear the same uniforms, use the same practice fields and practice equipment but that is about where the idea of a true " Developmental Club" comes to an end. There is no coaching curriculum, common system and style of play and very little conferring between the different age group coaches regarding the progress of their players and coaching agenda. Barcelona is a classic example of a real developmental club with continuity and a common philosophy....this article follows the development of the Barcelona club listing the people responsible for the club's rise to greatness.

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Deliberate Practice and Deliberate Living

Deliberate Practice and Deliberate Living

Deliberate practice comes hand in hand with deliberate living. Deliberate living comes from having goals and beliefs which can only be reached by dedication and lifestyle. Arsenal’s famous manager Arsene Wenger said, ““We are not just teaching players a game, we are teaching them a way of life.” Until the sport becomes a way of life to an individual there will be a limited amount of deliberate practice. The tricky bit is that this kind of mental maturity comes at different times for different individuals.

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Competitive Edge - Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp On Inner Squad Competition

Competitive Edge - Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp On Inner Squad Competition

Jurgen Klopp believes fierce competition for places will help ensure that Liverpool take the “next step” this season. The Reds boss says that it is inevitable that some players will be fuming when he picks his line-up for the Premier League home opener at Watford next Saturday. 

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Driving a Soccer Ball Key Coaching Points and Drills

Driving a Soccer Ball Key Coaching Points and Drills

By “Driving” the ball we are referring to striking a ball over long distance “On a Rope” – dead straight with no side spin. This needs to be addressed when the player is at the technical developmental age …say 8 – 12 years of age. Obviously the longer and stronger the legs, normally, the further the player shall be able to drive it.

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