Soccer : A decision making game influenced by Vision and Technique
There is no doubting the importance of technical players at the highest level, but young players need to learn how to solve the problems that are presented in small sided games while at the same time developing their technique and skill levels.
If we separate the tactical (W hen and why do I do something ? ) and the technical aspects we remove the realistic and basic elements of the game leaving us with drills involving technical repetition minus the tactical context. We need to avoid looking at soccer as an individual series of skills or actions separate from the game as a whole as there is a danger that our evaluation of the player will be based more on “scores” as opposed to PERFORMANCE.
PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS SHOULD BE BASED ON THE DEMANDS OF THE GAME.
The fact that a player can juggle a ball with both feet , run through cones, successfully implement various turns and tricks with the ball in isolation says very little to me about that player as a problem solver under pressure.