1. Attacking and scoring goals consequently, out of controlled possession!

When close to your own goal, it is all about keeping the ball safe and minimizing risks. In Attack it is about bravery and efficiency!

2. Find and use spaces behind the opponent’s defense.

Attackers need to offer runs in to these spaces and the player on the ball needs to recognize and understand this run and play the adequate pass!
Defensive guidelines

1. From boldly winning the ball to the concentrated defending of the goal!

Far away from our goal we boldly and aggressively defend forward to win the ball whenever possible and as high up the field as possible. The closer we get to our goal we reduce risk and focus on closing the center and defending our goal.

2. Provoke/create opportunities to win the ball by reducing time and space on the ball for the opposing team!

Putting the opponent under pressure increases the possibilities to win the ball, therefore always put the opponent under pressure actively by reducing space and time on the ball,
by closing down spaces and pressuring the receiving player before he/she can completely control the ball or turn.
Whether you’re silently frustrated from last night’s training, or flying high from yesterday’s game, this is that moment. This is the moment you name the thoughts that are keeping you small. Because the truth is, we all have them; even those of us who look like we have it all together. We can’t overcome them until we name them. We can’t move towards our big vision of becoming whatever it is we want on the field - like becoming a pro - until we tackle those small thoughts that hold us back in a big way.
To perform at our full potential sufficient hydration is essential, because without enough fluids certain body-functions do not work properly! Which jobs do fluids have within the body?
Don't fall for these 5 BIG nutrition mistakes!
Eating the ice cream gives you that quick fix. It fuels you for a short period of time but it is not a long-term habit that keeps you sustained. You are still left with “yucky” feelings. Then there is that healthy avocado toast that keeps your body fueled and happy.

By now, you may be asking, “What does this have to do with how athletes perform on the field or their confidence, or how does this get them to the next level?”
Hello everyone, it is Coach Phil again!

Today I want to touch on an obstacle I am pretty sure many of you are facing - most likely 1-2 times a week! What should my athlete eat on game day? When should they eat? What should they eat between matches in a tournament? Finding the perfect solution while taking care of our everyday work, taking care of ourselves, driving to the games and maybe even having to answer these questions for more than 1 player at a time can be a real struggle!

When Sport Loses the Fun

I often advise players who are seeking help with their confidence or ability to play to their full potential to watch some video of Ronaldinho, the great Brazilian. While there are many reasons I suggest this, the primary one is to observe how it’s possible to be the best player in the world, and still enjoy what you are doing. Not only that, but I suggest that it was absolutely necessary for Ronaldinho to be enjoying himself to be at his best. It’s an extreme contrast to a very commonly held belief that in order to be great, we must grind ourselves there and fun is not part of that journey. Or at least it’s not important that we are having fun, it’s just important that we are performing at a high level.

A Healthy Dose of Perfectionism

It’s 2021—an Olympic year. At the end of July, the world’s attention turned to Tokyo to watch the best of the best compete for Olympic glory. An estimated 11,000 athletes representing 206 nations competed in a variety of events. But what does it take to reach such a high level of athletic achievement? Many factors can lead to successful athletic performances, but one that has an interesting impact is perfectionism.

The New Italy: Part 2

Hello everyone, it is Coach Phil! After the final of the Euro`s, I would like to have a closer look at the champions, Italy, again and even dive a little deeper into which tactical adjustments helped them win the title. Last time we talked about how Italy Coach Mancini turned their playing style around and created a title-winning machine out of a team that did not even qualify for the world cup 4 years prior. 

The "Relative Age Effect"

and why clubs need to change the way they scout!

Today I want to talk about the RAE, the relative age effect. The RAE can be defined as an accumulation of high-level youth athletes’ birthdays in the first quarter of the year!
To make it more concrete: If you look at top U11-U17 academies and youth national teams worldwide, you will find a statistically significant accumulation of players born in January, February, and March. (If these teams are divided by calendar years).

How to use Injury Time to Improve

Injuries, unfortunately, can be a common obstacle for athletes. While some athletes face injury more than others, it is always an undesired event that tends to come up at some point in nearly all athletes’ careers. While injuries pose a significant challenge for the athlete, they can be extremely tough to deal with as a parent of a player as well. It has to be said that some injuries can be career-ending, but in truth, most injuries are temporary setbacks, and that’s what we will discuss here.

Advocate for yourself. Be heard.

Lately, I’ve worked with many athletes, and there is a similar question these athletes have been asking: “How do I talk to my coach/parents about…”. For example, players may not be happy with playing time, their roles on the team, or just need feedback on their athletic development. Communication with our coaches and parents throughout our soccer journey and life, in general, is such an important skill to put in our mindset toolbox. Communication can help us share our needs, wants, and desires and help release our fears and allow others to support us, love us, and connect with us. So, how do we advocate for ourselves and be heard?

The New Italy

If you have been following Euro 2020 this is a MUST read! Coach Phil discusses Italy's football history and their rise back to the top! Click below to read this incredible article!

Your Head Makes all the Difference

No matter if you are a great technician or tactically and physically perfectly trained: in a match, under full pressure “the head” decides how consistent you can make use of these abilities! The mental capacity to really deliver on the field every week, every game, and every practice is not “god-given” and needs to be trained systematically and consistently. 

Why Tactical Understanding is Important

A short dive into a Pro’s Life in Europe

Welcome back, it’s Coach Phil again! 

Today I want to take a short dive into the daily work of a professional soccer player in the middle of a season! We might think they just come to practice once a day, work on the pitch for 2 hours, and that’s it, but that is not really true. There are, of course, some more stressful and some less stressful phases throughout a season. 

Anxious During Competition

How anxious do you become during stressful moments in competitions? Would you describe yourself as an anxious athlete?
Two reasons contribute to anxiety in sports:

One cause of anxiety for athletes is labeling themselves as "anxious athletes.” If you believe you are an anxious athlete, you will see it come true.

Silver Linings

Creating Opportunities out of Setbacks

As the saying goes, there is a silver lining to every dark cloud. But what’s often not stated is that to experience the silver lining, you need to look. Or more importantly, know how to look. With the proper perspective, there is always opportunity. Sometimes setbacks can bring unexpected results.

Wingback Appreciation

Dear Parents, 

It is me again, Coach Phil. Today I want to talk about the sadly underrated position of the wingback! In the past, it was often like, “oh, you are fast and pretty explosive, but you are not really the best on the ball or very creative, go play wingback”! 

"Breakthrough as a Center Defensive Midfielder."

What does a breakthrough for a Center Defensive Midfielder look like?

Breakthroughs are not the same. Especially when it comes to the position you play on the pitch.

So, what does a breakthrough look like for CDMs?

"The Keys to Self-Confidence"

Preparation and Perspective 

Are you prepared when an opportunity to contribute to your team arises?

Are you confident in your ability to perform when your coach puts you in the starting lineup or gives you more minutes?

"Leadership can't be taught, it can only be learned."
How to provide the right environment for your player to learn Leadership Skills.
"Leadership can’t be taught, it can only be learned."

This quote was coined by Harold Geneen, president of ITT Corp in 1960. Geneen grew this manufacturing company from 765 Million in Sales to 17 Billion in Sales within 7 years.

It’s safe to say Geneen knew his stuff, but what exactly does he mean by this quote? Is it true - You really can't teach leadership?
Elite Players have a Vision
Why a Vision is crucial for your player's success
Most players have 1 of 2 types of goals:
Type 1: A broad goal: “I want to become a professional player.”

Type 2: A specific goal: “I want to play for Manchester United, and I want to be number 20.”

After coaching and mentoring 100s of players, I’ve found that the players with a more specific goal are the ones that become more successful. Why is this ?
The Individual Player Development System™ 
& Why every Coach needs to be a Mentor too.
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