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TRAINING BLOG

Joy and friends. That's why children want to play football and go to the club. Unfortunately, instead of having fun and recognition, most of the children there are often under pressure and poor performance thinking.

The 4 biggest misconceptions about youth football are:

  1. The children need pressure to learn and improve.
  2. The children always have to compete with the best in order to get ahead.
  3. The children are good footballers when they win their games.
  4. Above all, the children have to be fit enough to win.

Let's take a closer look at the 4 biggest misconceptions about youth football:

1. Willingness to perform through pressure

Perhaps you still remember how as a child you sat in front of a homework and your father or mother was standing right behind you, already annoyed that it - again - was taking so long. Looking at the assignment in the book, your head felt like a freshly wiped school blackboard. Completely empty. Nothing worked anymore. A classic blackout, caused by the pressure of having to work on the spot.

Pressure paralyzes. It creates fear. That's why we don't need any pressure on the football field. Why do we want to scare kids playing soccer? There is no reason for that. Human not. But also not to encourage the children. Pressure doesn't motivate (We'll explain later which positive incentives children respond much better to.) A child who runs fast on the football field only because he is afraid of his father's or his coach's lecture will not develop football, but - as soon as the opportunity arises - abandon the sport that constantly makes this unpleasant in him Generates a feeling of pressure. Trainers and parents who put their children under pressure inhibit their performance. The children love the soccer game, they want to play football. If they make a mistake, it's not out of laziness, but because they - still - can't do it better.

In our training there is no pressure on the children. We demand extremely technically demanding movements from the children. Errors are inevitable, especially at the beginning. To remedy these mistakes, children need continuous help and guidance from their trainer. But don't good athletes have to be able to handle pressure? That is basically correct, but in childhood pressure is nothing more than another form of selection that starts far too early. Children are developing. You don't have a fully developed personality. There are children who can cope with defeat better than others and who do not change due to the pressure put on them by parents or the coach. They can withstand pressure without any problems. However, those children who let the pressure in on them perish immediately. The constant negative feedback ("You have to shoot harder." "Why didn't you pass the ball in front of the goal?") Means that you are not ceasing to be a good footballer. Even before they had the opportunity to develop as a personality and footballer over a long period of time. However, we must give the children this time. Therefore:

If you train children with pressure, you train them wrongly.

2. Competition against the strongest

What is it about the thesis that only competing with the best players in an age group can help children advance in football? Nothing at all. Unfortunately, this same belief is still held in many football clubs. It is completely foolish that children who constantly play against strong teams get better themselves. The opposite is the case. In a game against a strong team, in which one team is constantly being harassed by the opponent, this team learns nothing more than to defend. There is no build-up of the game, the balls are knocked out at the back in the hope that something will happen to them at the front. Forty minutes have been lost. Against a strong opponent who is twice as fast, a player does not try a trick or a feint. He prefers to play the ball first, he looks for the easy way to minimize the risk. For now, that's the right decision. But does it bring the children further as footballers? No, because in games against teams that are too strong they do not have as extensive experience of movement as against an equally strong opponent, who gives them the time in the game to try a step-over or a fake shot. The more often children can use the tricks they have learned in training in play, the safer and faster they will be when performing these tricks and the better their feel for the ball. This is not possible in games with an opponent who does not give you any air to breathe on the pitch.

Anyone who lets children play permanently against teams that are too strong slows them down in their football development.

3. Winning is the most important thing

Nothing is easier than winning soccer games in the F or E youth. You take the most developed children (mostly the oldest of the year), bolt them to their fitness level and do final training in front of the gate until you drop. The weak children (mostly the younger ones of the year), on the other hand, are placed on the bench or not even taken to the game. The result is a win rate that is truly impressive.

Unfortunately, this is exactly the principle that most football clubs still use. Instead of educating children, they are selected. The strong advance, the supposedly weak are sorted out.

No wonder, a boy born in January is usually physically superior to a boy born in November or December. But does that really make him the better, stronger footballer? No, he only had ten months more time to grow. In the C youth, the biological age difference between children can be up to six years. Within one and the same year! This completely normal physical difference only grows with the transition to the men's area. With a thinking fixated on winning and the table, however, we run the risk of weeding out really good footballers in the years before. And why? Because they lag behind their teammates in growth and you can't win with them as easily as with the physically developed players.

In our training philosophy we do not want to win until we reach the D-youth. We even go one step further and deliberately weaken our teams by playing without a fixed goalkeeper and with a rotation principle in which every player is used in every position in the field. Against “specialized” teams we will certainly lose a game or two if our best defender has played up front in the storm in the last ten minutes. In return, however, our children gain something much more valuable: With their knowledge of every single position on the field, they develop a comprehensive understanding of the game over time and they also develop technically. Each position brings with it different challenges in coordination or handling the ball. Only those who play in every position in the first years of their youth can develop fully tactically, technically and coordinatively. A very important intermediate step on the way to becoming the perfect footballer. Players who are only used in one and the same position in their youth do not have this option. They stop in their development.

It's not that we want to lose or that we don't mind defeat. On the contrary. But wherever winning football training stands in the way, we prefer to forego it in the first years of training. And honestly, who still remembers the results of F or E junior games from five or ten years ago?

If you want to educate children holistically, you have to be able to do without winning in the first few years of football.

4. Children have to be fit to win

There are still practice units in the F-youth in which children do incline and interval runs for half an hour. Without a ball. On the grounds that fitness is the most important thing on the pitch. Now this view can be followed. But from a sports science point of view, such training is wrong. The general fitness has to go through the Training efficiency be trained with, but simply must not be a separate part of the training. This improves the player's stamina without them even realizing it.

The so-called is decisive for this Marginal yield theory. What is it all about? Let's take an eight-year-old F youth kicker. If you did a running training with him, his fitness would improve, but only to a lesser extent than the trainer believed. Years before puberty, the player's testosterone level is still very low, which is why his muscles can only process conditional stimuli to a limited extent. This biological barrier, the marginal yield, cannot be trained. If the limit yield is reached, the training is no longer accepted by the body. The training time is wasted. At the same age, the marginal return on speed is twice as high as on condition. In the areas of coordination and technology, four times as much success can be achieved. When an eight-year-old can exercise practically on the side (through an intensive and efficient training structure!) and can only make limited progress in this area anyway, It is only logical that a trainer in the F, E and D youth places his training focus on the areas of technique and coordination as well as speed in order to get the most out of his children. And the coordination and speed training must be carried out with the ball so that the technique is also trained here. Because: With increasing age, the marginal return on coordination and technology decreases again. What a player has not learned by then can only be practiced with great expenditure of time. Therefore, at a young age, the time must be used for technique and coordination and not wasted on running units without a ball.

Pure fitness or running training is a waste of time for children and is at the expense of training efficiency.