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What ball mastery should players start with ??? There is so much info online about ball mastery it is so hard to know what is important and what isn't. What ball mastery should young players be doing first?? At TST we believe 'foot locked up introductory ball mastery exercises' are the best place for young players to start their technical development journey. If your child can't do basic 'foot locked up' exercises, they will most likely struggle with all techniques when playing. Fix technique in this area and it will act as a springboard to the next level of technique.
So do a quick check : Go to this link [https://www.technicalfootballtuition.com/.../interact... ] and see if your child can do all the exercises on this page. They are easy exercises and all players, regardless of age, should (or need to) find them easy if their aim is to be a player. If you can't get to TST [ https://technicalsoccertuition.com/] on Saturday afternoons (which we believe is the best technical development program for young players in Melbourne) then these basic ball mastery exercises are great to do at home. Minimal space and time is required and the exercises are easy for parents to do as well and therefore allows them to help their child start to develop an awesome technical base.
If you like the video below, note it is taken from the 'TFT online technical resource' [https://www.technicalfootballtuition.com/.../level-1... ] and is part of a bigger free technical introduction section, dedicated to all introductory elements of individual technique. Check it out if you believe we need to develop players who are not just big, strong and fast but who are also technical too!! TFT also builds clubs there own branded technical websites so they can provide a strong technical foundation to their young developing players. Players need this extra info and need a technical framework to follow and clubs are in the best position to be the best technical development vehicle available to players.
Clubs however, maybe unknowingly, are not doing enough in this area. If a club doesn't have an online technical resource to back up and support team training then they are not offering their players a fully holistic development environment. This is especially important since the biggest problem within the young player development phase (in Australia at least and in general) is that players do not build a strong technical base when young. In general far too many players get to 13 years old and still have a very poor technical base. But it does not have to be that way?
Look at the Socceroo's. Look at players coming into the A-league. Are they technical? Or are they strong in other areas of the game? Why can't Australia develop players who are technically good enough to play in the EPL? What is going wrong? Why do much smaller countries produce world class players..... In our opinion, it all starts with what players are doing between 6 and 12 years old. Get this wrong and it is impossible to catch up.
So if you are a parent, are you certain that the development journey your child is on, is the right one for them? Are they being given a strong technical foundation or are they just being asked to learn the bare minimum technically and work hard to make up the difference. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you want, but note this approach (admittedly may win you games in the short run) will never produce elite technical players who can play at the highest levels of the game?
Please share this post with anyone interested in the technical development process., and if you know a child keen to develop their technique, get them to TST on Saturday afternoons or jump on the TFT online technical resource.
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