About the Homework Plan
Posted Jan 8, 2018

If you want to be a top player you need to train on your own. If you want to be extraordinary or a special talent, you need to do extraordinary things and train more/better than your competition. 

 

 

 One of the best players of all time, Johan Cruyff said, "I trained 3-4 hours a week at Ajax when I was little, but I played 3-4 hours every day on the streets. So where do you think I learned football?"

If you want to improve, the best thing you can do is play football (soccer). Many of the best players in the world grew up playing street soccer (small-sided games: 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, etc...). We believe this is the best thing you can do if you want to improve.

Individual Homework Plan:

However, we recognize not everyone can find a small-sided game to play in on their days off. For this reason, we have created a homework plan for individuals to train on their own. We recommend you spend at least 15-30 minutes each day training on your own (motivated/top players will spend more time). 30 minutes extra a day, could end up being 2 hours extra a week, 8 hours a month, and 96 hours a year. 

Every 1-2 week the Napa Soccer Academy will give players specific exercises to train on his own. One of the biggest obstacles we have encountered, is players don't know "how" or "what" to train on their own. For this reason, we will give players ideas and a structure to improve. The goal of the program is ball mastery, coordination/fitness, and creating a love of football. 

A few things to keep in mind:

- Have fun

- Invest in yourself (the more time you practice these ball coordination’s- the better your coordination and technique will become)

- Be creative- do your own exercises

- It is okay to make mistakes. If you can comfortably do the moves, push yourself harder and to a higher level. Increase the speed, don't look at the ball, etc...

- Everyone can do these moves, but there are varying levels of controlling the ball. Practice, Practice, Practice and become so comfortable with the ball that you can do the moves with both feet, at top speed, and without looking at the ball.

- Train both feet

-It is impossible to do these moves at 100% speed for 2+ minutes... So, it is important to do the moves at the highest speed possible and then to take a break (active recovery) in between exercises- so you can practice the move again at 100%. 

-Start the coordination slow- make sure you can do the ball coordination before doing the move fast.