This continues with the theme of our previous article …
It is after your team demonstrates a level of mastery with your core material, that you can start layering in other principles.
For instance, our founding core (the set of activities all our teams start with) does not include stuff like:
- Combination play up the middle.
- Offsides trap.
- How to bypass the midfield.
- Exposing a flat back line.
- Playing “between the lines”.
- Playing a double pivot.
- … and a thousand other elements.
For us, all these things are components to be layered in when the core has been ‘mastered’ – when the team identity (the founding style of play) has been established. Or at most, introduced in small doses relative to the core training material.
To give you an idea of the sort of time-scales we’re talking about … 3 years into it, our team is still highly trained with the same activities they started with.
Now … from our videos you can see a clear identity exists, but mastery is a different story. There are games, and phases of play, when I want to kill myself. Remember, this is a team that has won everything, has gone toe to toe with the best academies in the world, and all playing ‘the right way’ …
and yet, and yet we have NOT moved on from the core! We do NOT consider them having it remotely mastered.
Actually, if we controlled an entire pipeline up to and including a 1st team, these players would still be working much of the core until they retired.
If you try to do too much, nothing gets mastered, and guess what? You get jungle ball.
The Golden Rule:
Do less, not more.