Individual Training within Team Training
Last year, we hosted the Expert Meeting at Hajduk Split in Croatia. The topic of the 2019 edition was ‘Individual Training within Team Training’. In other words, developing individual players within the context of the team training.
Individual development to become the best individual?
Obviously, talent development in football is about the development of individual players. However, many coaches in football take the word ‘individual’ literally. They end up training an individual player isolated from the team context. Unconsciously and unintentionally, these coaches are training the individual player as if football is an individual sport.
Individual development to become the best possible team player!
In football, it is a different story. Football players have to become the best possible team players and not the best possible individual players. They have to prepare themselves to excel in the game 11v11. Talented football players have to become experts in an 11v11 context.
Communication is WHAT players have to do
In football, communication between players is of the highest order. This verbal and non-verbal communication is trained in tactical training session. In such tactical training the coach teaches his players tactical references in terms of WHAT they are supposed to do together when attacking, defending and transitioning.
Decision and execution are the HOW of football actions
The HOW of football actions in terms of position, moment, direct and speed is the responsibility of the player. The training of the decision making (game insight) and execution of decisions (football technique) by individual players does take place within the context of team tactical training. In other words, it is the individual training within team training.
Cdef coach and cDEf coach
As the training of the communication between players (tactics) on the one hand and the decision making (game insight) and execution of decisions (technique) on the other hand, are two different things, it requires two coaches to overload both aspects within one training session. The Cdef coach takes care of the tactical coaching at team level while the cDEf coach focusses on the coaching of the decisions and execution by individual players.
Expert Meeting 2020
Based on the 2019 evaluation we have decided that ‘Individual Training within Team Training’ will be Expert Meeting theme in the years to come. Marcel Lucassen and I concluded that in the upcoming editions there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of going into more detailed with respect to the coaching and analysis of football actions. In 2020, we will start that journey at Atletico Madrid. As this is a relatively new area in football, we will also invite international experts to contribute to this groundbreaking process.
Download Course BrochureExpert Meeting 2020
Coaches who have done at least one Level 1 course are eligible to apply for the Expert Meeting 2020 by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is December 1, 2019. Raymond Verheijen will select and announce the 40 coaches before January 1, 2020.