The spectrum of football player development

In Carli Lloyd’s book “When nobody was watching“, coach James Galanis claims that the development of a soccer player covers a spectrum that’s based on 5 pillars (Technical Skills, Tactical Awareness, Physical Power, Mental Toughness & Character). Read more about the FIVE PILLARS Methodology on the website of Universal Soccer Academy.

Ajax Amsterdam develops young talent applying the TIPS-system. TIPS stands for Technique, Insight / Intelligence, Personality & Speed.

The content of this website is grouped into 5 similar pillars: Technical Skills, Tactical Awareness, Speed, Body & Mind. (I grouped all topics regarding physical fitness below “Body” and all psychology-related topics below “Mind”.)

Every pillar groups categories. Simply click on the category name to see the related posts.

PILLAR #1 – Technical Skills

Skill 5 to 8 yo 9 to 12 yo 13 to +16 yo
Passing -+ ++ ++
Receiving -+ ++ ++
First touch -+ ++ ++
Ball control -+ ++ ++
Moves -+ ++ ++
Shooting -+ ++ ++
Feints -+ ++ ++
Shielding -+ ++ ++
Juggling -+ ++ ++
Finishing -+ ++
Crossing -+ ++
Inside curl -+ ++
Tackling -+ ++
Aerial -+ ++
Side volley -+ ++
Half volley -+ ++
Volley -+ ++
Trivela (outside foot curve) -+ ++

PILLAR #2 – Tactical Awareness

PILLAR #3 – Speed

PILLAR #4 – Body

PILLAR #5 – Mind