Updated: May 27
How Does CGSA Do It?
(Develop a Player of Great Value Already of Quality, and Improve Him/Her Even More)
"On occasion, I would take the desired players and use them in a group setting for the warm up, then I would use the Greenwood Method along with rhythm components for timing and muscle alertness. Depending on time restraints and SMART goals that CGSA implements in each practice contains technical, tactical, physical, and mental demands, with the conscience effort of the player's enjoyment. Then sometimes I feel the one on one session is needed, says Clint Greenwood, Director and Founder of The Greenwood Method."
Regarding working on keeping top level players hungry and sharp.
"In regard to a player that has a very distinctive strength in a certain area in his/her game. For example: Someone that has great 1st touch and is great when in possession of the ball in tight space dribbles. So instead of working around their strength what the Greenwood Method does, is outline every targeted drill with his or hers strength. The philosophy behind the Greenwood Method doesn’t always veer away from the player's obvious talent, but utilize it to accomplish the objective targeting on their weakness. This seems to be very a successful component of CGSA teachings of players".
"The art of using various dribbles to relieve pressure."
CGSA focuses a lot of their skill development working on the player's ability of using skillful changing direction dribbles to find the open teammate. The drills focus on improving the player's ability to relieve pressure, by shifting the angles when a player has possession, so they could turn away from trouble to open up opportunities for himself/herself and his/her team. Relieving pressure while in possession, is the meat and potatoes of the GREENWOOD METHOD.
With a defender for an example; an important reason we at Clint Greenwood Soccer Academy teaches them so many change of directions, fakes, etc instead of perhaps tackling? It’s because, when the team is building out of the back, he or she is capable in keeping the ball by using deception or a move to create time and space to make proper tactical decisions. The art of keeping possession and finding the open player is so the sequence or build up on attack doesn't get stagnant or stuck in a situation, where a vital turn over can take place. The best clubs are great in these areas of possession using composure and deception. The constant training of technical skills and dribbling allows high level players to be much more comfortable while in possession. Great Footballing countries like: Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Germany, and Italy are very exceptional at this, and use it for their advantage.
Regarding a very accomplished player like my former student and SASC Heat player, Landon Donovan;
"His detailed breakdown of his goal scoring came at a very young age. I can remember many hours him and I spent after training putting him in different situations. He learned that circumstances vary and services do to. The dissecting of different scenarios proved valuable in my teaching. Landon’s education almost became as important as his talent. "Almost". The skill of finishing or striking the ball is the time-consuming skill that the most dedicated footballers all have in common. Since I love Football more than anything, I would stay as long as he would. This dedication and true passion separated him from the other players. After we start developing the art of striking the ball we proceeded to enjoy the technical details most of us as Footballers do. We all love to create something out of nothing. As a pure Footballer, we all love to be challenged with skill and competition."
"Then we breakdown the different ways of striking the ball, into when and where situations. Such as; when you use a driven shot with instep, chip, bend, tuck ins, volley half volley, 1st time finishing, 1st time volley, first time balls served to him at all angles, and of course timing in 1 on 1 situations."
"The free kick was another one that Landon and CGSA players worked on. As for CGSA the skill of free kicks is one of the most important, but also an ignored skill, that many training programs don't teach. Since I am strong in this area, I have systematically built a method of teaching the art of taking free kicks. The % of goals that make a difference in an outcome of a game, are remarkably high. Here are some important tips to look for the top players and best free kick artists. These are physical components and mental components as well.
Points To Consider...
* WHO'S GOING TO DEMAND IT!!! (Confidence Matters)
* Distance of Free Kick
* Wall set up (Is there a gap? Are they covering the near post? Is the keeper in the right spot?)
* Distance of run up to the strike
* Do I bend this, or go for power?
* Always needs pace to get past keepers
An important step is to measure your approach at a normal running angle to the ball. Also, to have your approach fluid and steady, so you can achieve maximum velocity into your strike. We have pointed out to strikers of the ball to improve their last 3 steps. We like to call them the explosive separation to strike."
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