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


32/5000 Education with football, nice words

Today, the classroom discussion has become hot, lit, more than usual: taking advantage of the lack of Alexei, the head of the inder at Havana, so taking advantage of the absence of the federation’s “controllers” on the fields of capital after Have seen videos about the past days together in the field where it was clearly the different involvement, the different fun of our kids trained by us , rather than from them (and we did not do it to give us some Aries: We thought it useful to show them what they normally do not understand, focusing on training, maintaining order, discipline, and the success of the exercise), they are unleashed.

All in agreement, all aware that the method imposed now needs to be changed, replaced, because it is unsuitable and above all unsuitable, given the “bass” level of football in Cuba, but also aware that change will not be possible Never from the bottom, then from them. “You have to invite our bosses to the courses,” they say, rubbing their shoulders with two fingers, an unmistakable gesture that tells the leaders, the generals, “just so we can get something.” “Yes, but at the same time we have to win some championships in the municipalities that we are part of Inter Campus.

Since they only look at the result, only so can we attract their interest in your method. ” Results … they only look at the results. This sentence in the last period is persecuting me and I’m fighting it fiercely more than before but, alas, I’m also realizing I do not think I’ll ever get rid of it. Even in Italy it works like that. Even at low, low levels, even when children go to the field, the only thing that matters is the result. And everyone thinks so, no one is excluded: someone pretends to think differently for short periods, but when he does not get a bit of a win to show the bar under what he can talk to his totally ignorant footballers, but since Italians in possession do not know what boundless knowing about football and training, that is, the solfa changes.

Everyone, but just about all, even in the society where we intercampers work, things are taking this stupid, ignorant and damned bend and I can not fight this trend. In fact, I’m suffocating. We, the coaches, all see it all in the same way, but from the top we get precise messages “we have to win”. Who cares about how. Who cares that if I won a league championship this year, if I did not work to try to accompany all of my players in their development path, giving them rules, respect, giving them confidence, helping them To be together, to know others outside of oneself and maybe helping them to accept them, I will not have done anything for my boys. Why these, how many will continue to play? How many will come to the first team? How many will make this sport their business? But to them who care: they will have put the picture of the “champion” team on the board. Thinking to ignite the hearts of these guys the passion for sport, which will accompany them all their lives for them is far away; Thinking of bringing these guys closer to the study of sport (sports high school, sports sciences) just by training them daily, helping them find their talent, their passion, is something they do not know about them; Think of … already, think. No, it only matters to win. In Cuba, as in Italy. On all fields of the world.

by blog Alberto Giacomini

The disadvantaged group in football: “weak” and “strong”

By training a homogeneous group, as it often happens to all of us instructors who work in football schools where no selection is made, it has to do with children of different levels of football. What I want to submit to your judgment is the always discussed topic: playing “weak” and “strong” together, who benefits and disadvantages? Or better: are the benefits for the less advanced footballer better or the stronger grass player regressing its qualities? In my humble opinion by playing with the best kids you learn, you try to “steal” with your eyes, starting from the beginning of emulation.

The less gifted child is actually pushed to improve because he sees in his companion the real example to imitate and reach. In the history of football, even at the level of first-team and elite football, it has always been this way.

We can mention in the past the example of Fernando De Napoli who arrived in Naples with a technical luggage not really excited that training and playing with a certain Diego Armando Maradona has been enriched by improving even in the strictly technical terms. Still, in our day, we all love players like Rino Gattuso, a field gladiator unjustly considered a “poor foot”.

Perhaps it was at the beginning of his Rossoneri adventure, but today, after years spent by people like Seedorf or Kaka, even his feet seem to be heavily domesticated technically. It is clear that the better footballer, or football student, will have to be smart, humble and eager to make it available to his comrades by not closing in himself the secret of a fake or a shot made in a way. Probably these only playing with the weak will not improve, but fortunately he will find on his football course someone else stronger than he and equally with time will increase his creativity and fantasy by aiming to always try new numbers, always looking for new challenges With others, but above all with himself.

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

The coach in the balloon: “when the student becomes the object”

Often, by comparing myself with my “colleagues” and discussing the methods, loads and working times of the training session, I recall in my mind a phrase contained in the Technical Guide for Football Schools: “The student is the subject And not the object of the trainer’s work. ” Sometimes I can not fully agree with the other instructors who, in my opinion, do not realize that they have children in their hands, as the FIGC guidelines also point out. It is true that the Beginner category is the pinnacle of the Pyramid of the Calcium School’s basic activity and that we are dealing with eleven or twelve years, closer to the next-highest category (Giovanissimi) than to the Pulcini but We must never forget to propose the various exercises in the form of a game. The latter, along with fun, enthusiasm, programming, passion and sports culture, must be the main ingredients of the recipe for each puzzle in all categories of the Football School. For beginner fun is the key component (81.8% of respondents), most importantly “winning many matches” (66.9%) as evidenced by a survey conducted by the Federation. Technical exercises, borrowed from elite football, are extremely damaging and not tailored to the child. So, for example, taking hours and hours to try to hit the cross is not at all fun or stimulating, although it definitely improves the kick mode and accuracy of the shot itself. What I want to say is that the same result can also be achieved through “ad hoc” exercises in a varied form that solicit the same kind of fundamentals and pursue the same goal. The same Official Release No. 1 reads: “Every child has the right to attend workouts appropriate to his rhythms.” In my way of seeing, and allowing me to play words, “the workout must be trained and non-alienating” . In addition, these operational proposals, which are inadequate to the real needs of the child, certainly create performance expectations, when at this age, however, one should only think of playing for fun, free from all the external constraints that can be constituted by winning, winning by Parents, from getting the result at all costs and with all the means. Only through this forced step can you then project into the football reality of the Youngest, where the goals are the competitive result and the good performance.

What kind of communication between instructor and student?

How can I communicate effectively? How can I verify that my students have transposed them? These are the questions that every instructor should ask during training sessions. When dealing with children of this age range (8-10 years) we must try to be as clear as possible by sending a non-ambiguous or contradictory message. In fact, among the pedagogic skills we are required to be able to communicate, that is to be able to transfer their technical, tactical and human skills to their students. Communicating with children is, however, not easy: every child is done in his own way, with his character and his little personality. So you must first “read” who is facing you and then act accordingly looking for the right words, the right tone of the voice. On the other hand, communication is not only verbal but it is also above all not verbal, that is, made of gestures, looks, distances, visual contact. We must always try to be coherent and not to create confusion: gesture and words must always say the same thing. The explanations should then be synthetic, simple and appropriate to the individuals to whom they are addressed. Students can also be involved by asking questions or proposing solutions or variants to the proposed exercises. Every instructor, in essence, should know the best way to easily transmit his / her knowledge and make it steady.

The football instructor as an example ‘Positive’

Among the many responsibilities of the football school instructors, perhaps above all, is to always and in any case adopt a just, peaceful, polite and exemplary attitude. The instructor is always under careful scrutiny, and therefore the judgment of his pupils, but also of the parents “attached to the network” who follow the trainings, the company’s managers, the audience following the matches. The role that he plays is very important: he must be an instructor, educator and confidant at the same time (especially during the adolescence). He should first be an expert in problems with children and teenagers and then a good technician. Each instructor should pass on moral values such as friendship, co-operation, solidarity, respect and loyalty to their students. The first goal, therefore, is to look for a “little man” before joining the group’s life, educating him in civil coexistence with his comrades, to make him understand the concept of “team” that is won and Everyone loses, runs and splits together. At the level of football school, I think there are no strong and weak: they have to play all, they are all equal and they all come to the field to learn, because they never end up learning and every training session is a new experience for me as well. The instructor must always be able to find the right solution for each episode, both for and against football. Among the first rules I give to my students is that of respect: you have to be able to respect your comrades, your opponents and, in particular, your referee in particular. Respecting your companions means encouraging them, helping them and not resuming them or insulting them for their mistake. Respecting opponents means not to commit gross misunderstanding, not insulting, and not deriding them in the event of a win. Respecting the referee means calmly accepting his decisions as we can all go wrong. I believe that the protests are of little use, since once a decision has been made, an arbitrator will never come back. Personally, I accept every decision of the race directors and avoid the plausible protests, I wonder very softly at the end of the race, explanations about particular episodes, even though I explain to my students that every game ends at 90 °, that is useless to recriminate the episodes.

Lorenzo Geluardi