"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed
man is king,
but he still only has one eye."2
here for a short YouTube video on What is soccer?
While that sounds
like a simple question a quick look at many practice fields reveals a bewildering
answer. Many practices find children facing situations that they never see in
an actual match. This should lead a coach to evaluate the practice by first asking,
"is it soccer?"
is a game. The
children are involved in an activity that pits them against an opponent. It is,
in most cases, about winning and losing, competition and cooperation. It is also
a leisure activity. The children are there because they want to be there. They
want to play a game.
play a game of soccer you first need a ball. Then an opponent.
Add a field, a couple of goals across from each other, mix in a
few soccer rules and you have a game of 1v1. But this
is hard work and you can't play it for very long. So you get some teammates,
and to keep it fair, a few more opponents. With these elements you
can play soccer all day.
are the elements of soccer.
make the game what it is. If you remove a key element such as the ball or opponent
it can't be soccer. Likewise, to change an element too much you can move too far
from the game. Playing with two balls or three teams might be fun and a game,
but is it soccer? To pass a ball across a grid and run to a corner involves kicking
techniques, but is it soccer?
also involves the element "chaos." Opponents, team mates and the ball
are all moving in different directions. Players, parents and coaches are shouting
different instructions and information. Bringing "order out of chaos"
is an important skill in learning how to play the game.
is a game with certain elements.
There must be a ball,
teammates and opponents, a field
opposite each other and
coach coaches soccer, not
something else. This thought is at the heart of the Dutch Vision. A
practice is either soccer, soccer like
or soccer strange.
here for a YouTube video on What is Soccer.
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