FOOTWORK BALANCE TOUCH INTELLIGENCE
In this section of the session we try to apply the footwork patterns into a game like environment,
which focuses the players application of the techniques they have been developing.
This is where the context of technique is introduced into the session.
Arguably game intelligence is the most important aspect of a players development. After all what is the point of having excellent technique if it cant be applied at the right time.
The footwork isolation that is done at TST, aims to rewire the brain of the player in such away that it helps a player become increasing efficient in how they they use the ball, and how they see the game and so helps them find the right solution more often than not.
This is the back of the TST business card.
It is worth a read.
Johan Cruyff is arguable the most influential person ever in the game. His contribution as a player and coach is hard to match. Without Cruyff Barcelona would not be the team nor have the players it has had over the last few years (Messi, Xavi, Iniesta). Here are few Johan Cruyff Quotes that may help you see the game a little differently;
What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight (Intelligence). See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster. People always said i was so quick. But they missed the point.
I wasn't that quick, I just started my run a fraction of second earlier than my opponent. So I looked quick.
There’s only one moment in which you can arrive in time. Otherwise you’re either too early or too late (You lack game intelligence).
Before I make a mistake, and see the mistake and I don’t make that mistake.
When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball 3 minutes on average … So:
The most important thing is what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball.
When all other things are equal, that is what determines whether you’re a good player or not. You also then need to make sure that you make the 3 minutes on the ball matter!
If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don’t have the ball you must make it as small as possible. It is a function of time and space manipulation.
Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.
I find it terrible when talents are rejected based on computer stats. Based on the criteria at Ajax now I would have been rejected. When I was 15, I couldn’t kick a ball 15 meters with my left and maybe 20 with my right.
My qualities 'technique and vision', are not detectable by a computer.
Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.
Football is a game of time and space. Players who can manipulate their time and space the best, both on and off the ball, will be the best players.
Football is a mind game. You play with your brain. Your ability with the ball should not get in the way of letting your brain to solve problems of time and space.
You can't play dominant football with a 4-2-2 system. The numbers (triangles) on the field don't match up.
Technique is not being able to hold the ball in the air 1000 times.
Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. On the ball technique is about finding the best pass you can and then passing the ball at the right time, with the right speed, at the 'foot or space' that best suits your team mate. Off the ball technique (which is what most players spend time doing) is helping your teammate on the ball find the best pass he can.