Pathways: Japan’s Pursuit of Technical Excellence

When the J.League was launched each club was mandated to have a commitment to youth development. Beginning in 1994 the J-Youth Cup was launched as a vehicle for club sides to play matches at junior level. By the turn of the century the emphasis on youth football was further enshrined when the league insisted every current and future club must establish junior or school teams in addition to under-15 and under-18 sides and their reserve sides. Players saw a clear [...]

By | April 9th, 2015|Articles, Coaching & Development|0 Comments

The importance of entropy

Football is a microcosm of life. Two hugely powerful forces are prevalent in both, dancing and wrestling with each other for power and keeping them in balance is of utmost importance for coaches. The first of these forces is Entropy. Chaos, calculated destruction. The breakdown of intelligence and structure into disorder. The counter-force is Intelligence which brings order, structure and life. The creation of structure out of chaos in defiance of entropy. It seems as coaches we can be prone [...]

By | April 2nd, 2015|Articles, Coaching & Development|0 Comments

Finding the right approach

As the Asian Cup approaches, Australia has plummeted to its lowest ever FIFA world ranking. So much for being the best in Asia – Australia aren’t even in the top ten nations in the confederation. 94th in the world, 11th in Asia. It doesn’t make for pretty reading. That the Young Socceroos have failed to qualify for the U-20 World Cup adds to the sense of doom and gloom. It's the perfect time to have a debate on the direction of [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Articles, Coaching & Development|5 Comments

Why verticality is the next revolution in Football’s tactical cycle

In an evolutionary process, one progression leads to another and the lessons learned from the previous step become the primary building blocks for the next. Sometimes this evolution is more of a revolution occurring in cycles where past ideas, albeit with slight adjustments, are brought back to counter the current ones. In football, it is often the clubs and nations at the pinnacle who must constantly strive for progression in order to maintain their edge over rivals. If the successful [...]

By | October 7th, 2014|Articles, Coaching & Development|3 Comments

What can we learn from the Germans?

It has been written ad nauseum post World Cup; the Germans disastrous performance at Euro 2000 saw the introduction of compulsory youth academies which lead to their 2014 World Cup victory. But what can Australia learn from the Germans and how does our proposed solution, the National Football Curriculum, compare to the German’s? 10 Years of Academies In 2011, the German Bundesliga produced a 48 page report titled “10 Years of Academies - Talent pools of top-level German football”, the [...]

By | July 22nd, 2014|Articles, Coaching & Development|2 Comments
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