Raise Your Level

"You set yourself goals, targets. And once you've got there you want to move on and go further. You keep raising the bar and therefore it is never good enough. You want perfection" 


- Arsenal Legend, Dennis Bergkamp

During Coach Uttley’s time studying soccer in Barcelona, Spain, he was lucky enough to meet FC Barcelona legend, Carles Puyol. 

TOG Soccer Training Tips

Train in relation to the decisions and executions that the game demands.

Within the game of soccer, there optimal responses for every situation within the game. Specifically, each position on the field has a series of tactical fundamentals or Individual Fundamentals per Position (IFP) that must be learned and trained in order to execute the optimal responses for each situation. Learn more about the IFP’s in Coach Uttley’s articles from his coursework in Barcelona, Spain.

Closely analyze and study professional games.

Studying and analyzing professional games is a major component to improving as a player. If you are searching for how to position offensively/defensively, make penetrating runs, or how to create time and space to score goals (to name a few), professional games provide all the answers. Spend time analyzing the best players and teams in the world in order to increase your performance levels. Click more info for a great website that uploads full matches.

Train your brain.

The goal of every training session is to improve, both physically and mentally. For players to reach high performance levels, there must be a strong connection between body and mind. The best players in the world understand which psychological state suits them best. Training the mind is a crucial component that most players neglect. For great soccer ‘mind training’ resources, visit Dan Abrahams website in the link below. 

Utilize the gym to develop strength that cannot be improved while playing the game.

In order to build a strong, balanced body, players must build strength in the areas that suffer on the field. Soccer is a ‘quad dominant’ sport. Due to repeated changes of direction, jumping, landing, and pivoting, the quadriceps are constantly engaged and developing. Conversely, the posterior chain (hamstrings and glutes) is neglected on the field in terms of being able to increasing strength (eccentric in particular). For more information on building stronger and healthier hamstrings, click the link below for an article by Mike Robertson, who is the strength and conditioning coach of the Indy Eleven (NASL).

Develop a strong, stable aerobic base.

Soccer is a speed of action sport, which means players must be able to execute an action at a high speed, recover, and then be ready to execute a new action. Often times, players are of the mindset that in order to become faster, stronger, and quicker, one must always train at high intensities. Training at high intensities is crucial due to the demands of the game, however, if a player does not have the capacity to recover between actions, they will not be effective on the field. In order to recover better between actions, a strong aerobic base is needed. For great information on recovery and aerobic work, read Mike Robertson’s article on disputing the myth of low intensity cardiovascular work. 

Nutrition: Do not underestimate the power of food.

In our to perform at a high level on the field, players must feed their system with the appropriate foods to rebuild itself (tissue repair) and to provide energy. Ideally, players seek nutritional advice from a Registered Dietitian in order to develop a program that includes all the necessary nutritional content needed to attain peak performance (health). To better understand the relationship between food and health (athletic performance), visit Dr. Catherine Shanahan's ( Nutritionist for Los Angeles Lakers) website http://www.drcate.com and also read her interview by clicking the link below.

Sleep: The best form of recovery training is sleep.

The game of soccer is extremely taxing on the body, both physically and mentally. In order to continuously improve performance levels, players must ensure they are fully recovering from previous training sessions and games. The foundation for recovery begins with appropriate sleep. Read this article by Brandon Marcello, PhD (in link below) to generate a better understanding of the importance of sleep.

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