The evolution of the youth sector in football, differences and considerations


Today, societies are facing the evolution / involvment of football in the youth sector (and I speak about the provincial and district camps) which, over a few years, require a change in the technical approach and not;



The life of today’s kids is very sedentary; the activities that in the past helped to develop basic motive schemes (oratories, sub-chase camps) are becoming less and less, and are replaced by computers and telephones;

The so-called “road” is useless to say it was also at the level of character, comparison with others the iteration of society today is minimized by social issues and as already pointed out several times with the advent of technology, I personally see among today’s many guys Less irreverence and bitterness than the past;

If in the past the work included the management of individuality, the categorization of the single team available and disciplinary principles, today in a football where tactics speak on all channels, you should work with the kids more on the coordinative point of view Technician igniting them and giving him confidence to boost his self-esteem, a totally inverse process in my opinion over 20 years that requires an adaptation of presidents, executives and coaches.



I happened to attend guardians and executives who for reasons of responsibility forbid the boys who come first to the field to play autonomously before the arrival of the coach, I have made the reversal of this habit one of the small elements of my work credo, I managed to get the boys half an hour before the training session had their spaces (tennis court, cage 2 vs 2) their freedom to play outside of the training session, trying to stimulate the arrival to the field in advance;



I think we should start from all of these small details to support today’s boys approaching the world of balloons, I think we need to stimulate them to find freedom of play even before a fictional path


Tactical heating for 4-3-1-2 ball at the tip end and change play

4 vs 4 + low outdoor and high training 4-4-2

What does a football coach do for a new call?

I often spent my time updating, going to see workouts, matches, reading specific magazines, following courses and comparing me with other coaches. I have also sought to expand my network of technical contacts, with me in the field of industry (prosecutors, sports directors, coaches and presidents). All this has given me the opportunity to enrich myself even in the absence of the field and to prepare for the better for the future call. Then I did physical activity, which helped me to stay active and balanced at a particularly delicate moment, which is the expectation (almost frustrating): because, as they said in ancient Rome, “Healthy Mens in Healthy Body”. But before you get to the contract, how do you get to a company call? Often people who contact you are the sports director of the company because they know you or have seen some of your team games in previous years, or have received a report from some of their friend in the industry.

Sometimes a lawyer who calls you and tells you to the manager. Sometimes the president himself has had references and contacts you. When do they contact you? Often before the exoneration, pre-announcing that the next game will be decisive for the fate of your coach who, in all likelihood, in the event of a defeat, will be replaced: it is an invitation to go to see the game in order to better know the coach. Honestly, I try to avoid seeing these races, because I consider him to be of little taste, but above all, so as not to touch the susceptibility of anyone at the very moment when I was called.

Today, with the technology and the available media, there are many ways to know, without creating equivocal situations at particular moments. Sometimes they contact you after the exoneration. After the contact, is the meeting with the management coming? How many times have they called me saying that they were thinking about me for replacing that trainer. Then time goes by, calls you a friend and tells you: you know, they took it there … Sometimes they call you and give you an appointment. However, we must know that we are not the only ones – even if they do not tell us – but they will surely also evaluate other candidates. In these meetings, where societies seek certainty and security, I have always learned to be consistent and do not promise anything: I believe that professionalism and seriousness sometimes make you lose some of your responsibilities. But in the long run, they project you into the best projects.

Source Paolo Favaretto thesis technical sector figc

Defense training at 4 Sarri

In this video, Sarri’s Napoli is trained with 8 defenders, 4 exercising in the defensive phase, the other 4 initially rolling ball afterwards jumping the man creating a covered ball situation and verting toward the door.

In the exercise the defenders

Slip through the ball while remaining compact
Recovering feet forward by following the movement of the balloon when from the outside in possession back to a central
The outside exits when the ball goes side-by-side and the others run the covers on one line
The three in the cover come out when sideways leaving the low exterior defending it is jumped to the center and a filter ball reaches the door

Small side game jug & depth attack

Possession ball 3v1

The importance of … to participate

Starting with the Pulcini category, the eight-year-old child from the Small Friends category, where comparisons take place only in the form of events that include confrontational games, looks for a “real” match for the first time. At this time so delicate and particularly conducive to learning (the so-called “golden age”), we will never tire of repeating the importance of playing ALL CHILDREN available to every single team, just because it is their right Participate and have fun. For this purpose, the Federation stipulates that the matches must be of three times, specifying that all the members of the list participating in the match must play at least one full time of the first two, with the possibility of using the so-called “flying gear” in the third fraction Of playing, playing two thirds of the race. Going into the field is an extremely important element for the formation of the child, even those, as I call them, “less prepared for football.” These will first and foremost feel part of the team and somehow like all of their companions, with a psychological benefit that will increase their self-esteem and their intrinsic motivation (that is, the inner push that supports engagement in a ‘Activity that brings satisfaction from what you do). All this will trigger the desire to learn all the gestures and situations related to football, as the child becomes aware of what he has learned and what he needs to do to improve it further.

Lorenzo Geluardi