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. I agree with Ajax that speed deserves a separate pillar and I totally agree with James Galanis that physical power is a very important aspect of the modern soccer game.
It goes without saying that the foundation is a healthy mind in a healthy body (“mens sana in corpore sano”), that’s why I grouped all topics regarding physical fitness below “Body” and all psychology-related topics below “Mind”.
Every pillar has multiple sub-disciplines. The exercises on this website (*) are grouped per pillar and per sub-discipline.
PILLAR #1 – Technical Skills
- Ball control
- First touch
- Trivela (outside foot curve)
PILLAR #2 – Tactical Awareness
PILLAR #3 – Speed
PILLAR #4 – Body
PILLAR #5 – Mind
(*) IMPORTANT NOTICE: the content is still very limited, I know. Only the hyperlinked disciplines above have at least 1 exercise or post.