Getting in our touches.

We’ve all heard of the 10,000 hours rule. If we train for 10,000 hours, or 20 hours per week, over a 10 year span, we’ll become proficient or master any skill. But what if a thousand people people are practicing the same skill you are, for the same amount of time? Let’s practice 21, 22 or 23 hours, then.. I don’t think so.

Through Quik Touch this winter, ten girls from three different club teams were able to not only get their touches in, but apply them immediately to game-like situations. We broke down moves, turns, cuts and footwork in an effort to be able to better dominate 1v1 situations. By breaking moves down, and immediately applying them to game like situations, we engage the players brain to allow them to effectively and quickly make connections on the field. This results in better comprehension and application of their soccer skills.

In the image above you can see how with one set up, and minimal or no adjustments, we can go from warm up to individual activity and finish with passing and soccer specific movements. In this and similar patterns the girls worked on dribbling with their right and left foot, l-turns, Cryuff turns, Maradona’s, pull-backs and different cuts. The best part for me was seeing the players use their newly acquired skills as they played 1v1 or went to goal. Their favorite part was playing in a small gym, that got jam-packed just as the session ended and they were in the middle of their scrimmage. The crowd was entertained and wowed as the girls competed until the end to win their game!

Every week I felt like we had sent them home with new skills and moves to try and master. That’s why we say that we provide soccer players meaningful skills training and development.

Art Hernandez is a life long learner, soccer enthusiast and has been coaching in eastern Pennsylvania for ten years.