Learning fast decision making and the importance of making surrounding players better under pressure is probably as a good a take-away for skills outside of the game as other part of soccer.
Preaching dribbling as the first, second and third options leads to well.......very good dribblers. Being a great leader is often highly related to making surrounding people stronger and better (rather than simply being good at a particular physical skill).
I couldn't agree with you more! Just as we have a tremendous philosophy for developing 1 v 1 skills we have an unbelieveably great way of developing team decision making ability and leadership under pressure.
That's one of the main reasons why we have such a tremendous track record.
2 v 2 Games Are Essential
The Legends club philosophy is unique in many positive ways. One of the unique attributes is 2 v 2 for all our players.
2 v 2’s are vital to the development of the highly skilled team leader because they provide the essential bridge between the creative individual dribbling and shooting development and the 11 v 11 game. Without 2 v 2 players have a much tougher time utilizing the Legends dribbling fakes and shooting skills in the big game situation. With intense 2 v 2 training the extremely difficult dribbling and shooting skills we emphasize so enthusiastically, transfer much more quickly and effectively into the real game situation.
The Legends approach to playing soccer builds on the theme that every player is the team’s quarterback when in possession of the ball. Early practices focus intensely upon developing the individual techniques and skills that a great “soccer quarterback” will need in the game situation. 1 v 1 and 2 v 2 provides the practical perspective that accelerates the understanding of how to apply those skills effectively in the game situation.
The Legends approach is to concentrate relentlessly on the most difficult and complicated skills in the most challenging and confusing area of the field. 2 v 2’s speed up the process of being able to make big plays using those skills under intense game pressure. Statistically the 2 v 2 situation gives the player 25% of ball possession during each game. When compared to the 3 v 3 situation, 2 v 2 enhances individual skill acquisition 50%. When compared to 4 v 4 the skill acquisition ratio of 2 v 2 is 100% better. Therefore, 2 v 2 provides each player at least half or double again the skill development when compared with the other close variations of the small-sided game. The unique “Training Soccer Legends” system guarantees that each player will play every minute of 2 v 2, thereby maximizing learning time by eliminating time lost because of substitutions and waiting one’s turn to play.
A further benefit of the 2 v 2 is that, as players mature, it provides the ideal environment to develop the wall pass, wall pass fake, overlap, overlap fake, double pass and takeover plays. These are the six most effective ways of combining with a teammate to penetrate an opponent’s defense.
A gigantic further benefit of the Legends 2 v 2’s is the close proximity of both goals. Playing with two goals spaced 20-25 yards apart so that players can play a realistic end-to-end transition game yet always have the opportunity to shoot, is a vital aspect of developing the self-belief necessary to become a goal scorer and team leader. When goals are positioned so that all players are constantly within shooting distance, all players will acquire the instinct to shoot quickly and consequently develop to their full goal scoring potential.
Any player who practices 2 v 2’s the Legend's way will be maximally prepared to make use of the Training Soccer Legends, “big play game winning super skills” under pressure, in the competitive cauldron, on match day. The reinforcement that accrues from being completely prepared and consequentially more successful in games, feeds into a positive motivational spiral that significantly accelerates skill acquisition and self-belief, plus the willingness to take responsibility and lead.
The benefits of 2 v 2’s are as follows:
• 2 v 2 accelerates the essential development of the skill and vision under pressure necessary to be a “soccer quarterback”.
• The 25% ball ratios provide a significant degree of guaranteed possession and far greater individual skill development than traditional small-sided games with higher numbers.
• 2 v 2 creates the ideal environment for learning to combine with teammates while also enjoying a high ratio of ball possession and developing great individualism.
• In 2 v 2 there are no substitutions so every moment is a learning opportunity and games are more fun.
• 2 v 2 provides maximal preparation for the 11 v 11 game. This leads to greater confidence and willingness to take creative and positive developmental risks under pressure. These are the building blocks of leadership.