Position Specific TrainingPosition Specific Training focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the 11 positions that populate a soccer game.
Our aim is to offer extensive analysis of the roles and responsibilities of each player. This includes skills requirements, typical playing style, physical requirements, game situations with and without the ball, and the proper mentality needed to play these various positions.
I think player development should be split into two areas: for younger ages, it is mostly skill work understanding the basic foundations of the game.
For older players, we need to begin to help them refine their understanding of the role they play on the field. Teaching them to understand their role, as well as the roles of the other positions, is vital part of player development. This is particularly true for those players aiming for a higher level.
Position-specific Training Dates
We will be offering several position-specific training sessions in October and in November: special Keeper / Finishing clinics. Defenders defending & Attacking / Midfield holding & attacking, forwards SCORING GOALS! Rather than focus on developing one player who can dribble and another who can pass, the sessions allow us to create players who understand all the roles on the pitch.
This includes phases of play, shadow play for better decision-making and functional position work. The final third focuses on developing forwards to gain separation from defenders.
The sessions will include patterns of play involving fullbacks, finishing on goal and incorporating functional wide players.
Soccer is a game of relationships – back fours need to connect with midfielders, midfielders must work with the forward line. Players need to connect with other in a team concept.
How will position-specific coaching affect player motivation?
I think it would improve it greatly. Position-specific training requires you to get closer to your players, to give them more specifics about their position and convey your point of view. If you can show a player constructive and honest feedback, they are open to it. Every elite player wants to get better, but every player isn’t getting the individual attention needed to get them there.