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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