Here's what I said in response to your first post:
Historically the Legends program has built a far greater deceptive dribbling and finishing component than any other program. Teams trained in this way when they were younger played an ever better team game as we focused more on combination play and passing components of the game between 14-18 years of age.
The major difference was the sheer number of Legends players, defenders, midfielders, (even goalies), who could use a move in high level competition in any area of the field at 17/18.
To develop players who are stll able to perform the Christiano type skills when in their late teens, the focus on deceptive dribbling has to be very intense for much longer than even the most enlightened traditional coaches believe.
I hope the message that we focus to a far greater degree on deceptive dribbling and finishing than any other program I have yet seen, (Including Tim's who I respect very much!), explains why all our players are usually excellent at those two specific skills.
My experience is that I could sacrifice some of this dribbling/finishing time for passing but eventually (in the long run) my players would be weaker dribblers and finishers, and no better at passing, if I did.
There's no magic formula to anything we do. We teach the techniques the right way, we get our players to "deep practice" (Daniel Coyle - The Talent Code), those skills and gradually transition the advanced technical skills of our players into the game situation in very unique ways so that the technical, tactical, physiological & psychological potential of our players is maximized.
The only way to fully understand the whole incredibly logical, yet very different, method is to read my first book "Training Soccer legends".
If you want a free PDF copy of "Training Soccer Legends" please call me at 913-636-4073 or email me at email@example.com
I will warn you that the book is 320 pages long and will make traditional coaches feel very uncomfortable, (It was uncomfortable to write!), so it's not for the casual reader or faint hearted. It contains all the conclusions from 35 years of soccer coaching. The first 15 years I did things the traditional "wrong" way. The last 20 years I learned what didn't work and applied study of soccer in Brazil & other world cultures, educational theory, phys'ed' theory, logic, rationale and trial/error to soccer's urban myths. During this long process I wrote the book. Because of this time and dedication what the Legends club now practices is significantly better for each and every child than most programs. This is because others haven't gone through this long arduous process and tested evey theory extensively.
If you read the book I think you'll find it hard to argue most of the points.
Here's what some incredibly knowledgeable people have said about the book:
“Andy has figured out the core of what makes players valuable. He has boiled the game down to its critical essence. He captivated and motivated me with his intelligent use of inspiring and meaningful quotations. It’s a book not just about the technical foundation of the game but also about the elements that define the margins of soccer greatness i.e. aggressive creativity, self-discipline, competitive fire and self-belief.
Wonderfully original!! It should be an essential component of any soccer coach or parent’s library. It’s outstanding!!”
Anson Dorrance – Head Women’s Coach at the University of North Carolina (18 NCAA Division I Championships) & 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup Winner.
"A must for youth soccer coaches. Read it. Think about it. Then, reconsider everything you do. If you can't take away something - quite possibly a lot - from this book, you are doing a disservice to your players."
Jim Sheldon – Executive Director of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America
"Andy has summed up his unique philosophy of player development in this fascinating book. His methodology, along with his high-energy teaching style has consistently produced dynamic, creative, attacking players. Just as his coaching is a careful balance of reason and passion, so is his whole approach to the game; quite simply, he grows better players who make better teams. His players have impacted NCAA Div.1 programs and are now poised to impact MLS."
Sean Holmes - Head Coach - Drake University - Nationally Ranked 2004 & 2005 - Region II ODP Staff Coach - Three Players Drafted By MLS In Last Two Years
"I attended one of Andy's practice sessions in the Fall of 2004. I watched his two U11 girl’s teams practicing. I have never seen such a large group of 10 year old girls where every player had such advanced dribbling and shooting technique under pressure."
Jeff Tipping - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Director of Coaching. Previously Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women's National Team and Head Coach at Muhlenberg College
“My first-hand experience with Ryan Raybould, a Legends-trained player who plays professionally with Kansas City Wizards in MLS, was evidence that Andy’s methods are effective and long-lasting. Ryan was an All-Ivy selection for us at Yale and an industrious and creative big play performer for all four years. The Legends program clearly developed a high level of competitiveness, field savvy and technical excellence in his game. Andy’s book enthusiastically and effectively challenged my long-held mainstream coaching notions about how to develop creative and skilled players.
I incorporate his methods in my college training and encourage coaches at all levels who are truly looking to bring out the very best in their players to do the same.”
Brian Tompkins – Head Coach Yale University Men’s Team