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Motor skills and cognitive training for junior soccer players

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When a national soccer team performs poorly in World Championship or European Championship play (as the German team did in 1998 and 2000), it often leads to a critical analysis of the youth programme in that country.

Experts emphasize how important it is to teach technical and tactical skills at a young age, but they also note that there are too few qualified coaches working especially with 8-12 year olds. Experience shows that neglecting motor skills and cognitive training at a young age cannot be compensated for later.

It is therefore my intention to present a model for teaching technical and tactical skills to the 10-12 year age group that can serve as a basis for coaches in planning and implementing their practices. If followed carefully, it can lead to a notable improvement in performance among young players. Each coach can prove this by comparing his players with other youth teams that don't have such advanced training. Examples of coordination and technique exercises, as well as examples of cognitive training, will be presented with the aid of video material and graphics.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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