Cantera Futbol USA

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UpdatedFriday April 17, 2020 byNCHU Webmaster.

April 2020 - THE BENEFITS OF AT HOME TRAINING

During this difficult time, we hope everyone is doing well and are healthy. Unfortunately the outbreak of COVID19 has restricted us from leaving our homes and interacting as a team, however for soccer players, this may be a great way to catch up on our technical skills. Over the past few weeks, our club has sent out individual training programs to all the age groups, which is a great way to stay connected to the sport we love. The various training programs focus on the aspect of technique, associated with control, dribble, passing & finishing. The exercises and challenges provided are to allow the players to experiment and concentrate on the surfaces of the foot, which are essential for the 4 aspects of technique stated above. By experimenting with the surfaces of the foot (inside, outside, laces, sole), the players will develop a greater level of comfortability executing the variety of trainings available now and in the future. Greater comfortability leaves to greater confidence as a player. The invested time for individual practice is like studying for a test or working on a project in school. Similar to anything off the field, the invested time will add up and greater creativity/improvement will be noticeable in time. Parents can participate in the training drills and ask their children to coach them through the drill. This will assist in focusing on the main coaching points needed to have success. It is also a great way to spend some fun time together. Please continue to check your emails, for updates as we move toward May.

We appreciate your support and your positive encouragement to the players is greatly appreciated!

Stay Safe!

Thanks,

Alex Mendolia & Mark Lugris

Founders - Cantera Fútbol USA

 

March 2020 - Player, Parent and Coach Relationship

As a club, we value the relationship between the player, parent and coach. We believe in transparency and honesty when it comes to player development. Every season (2 per year), our coaches create an individual player evaluation, which provides the player and parent information on their progress over the course of the 10-12 weeks of training and matches. The evaluation also includes suggestions for the player, for when it comes to improvement and training on their own time. We believe with invested time off the field, the player can increase their rate of development through deliberate practice and determination. 

As I have told parents and players for many years, practicing on your own is similar to studying for a test in school. The more time you put in to studying and extra help, the better you do on the test. The same goes for soccer training.

In addition, parental support is another crucial aspect for when it comes to the player’s development, while working alongside professional coaches. Winning isn’t everything and we are more concerned with teaching the proper and necessary components (technical, tactical, physical and psychological) rather than focusing on winning as the only importance. We encourage parents and guardians to support all the players and coaches positively, where there is no confusion and uncertainty between the player and coach. In the end, our directors and coaches will give their very best each day they are with the players and teams and we know that with a cohesive working environment amongst all parties, greater growth will take place.

We appreciate your support and your positive encouragement to the players is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Alex Mendolia & Mark Lugris

Founders - Cantera Fútbol USA

 

February 2020 - TECHNICAL TRAINING

Every training session is typically divided into 4 components: technical, possession, pattern play/pattern play to goal and small sided games. Each technical exercise focuses on ball control/mastery, passing, receiving and finishing.

As coaches we teach the players the importance of controlling the ball with the 4 main surfaces of the feet, which include: inside, outside, laces and sole (bottom). Our technical drills require the players to experiment with the ball by ensuring they use each of the surfaces. This will help them in games to beat the opponent (1v1), connect/make passes, change direction and shoot accurately. At times, we will include colored cones (EX. red, blue & yellow), where we encourage the player to lift their head up and call out the color. This will challenge the player to multi-task and avoid collision, while keeping the ball under control.

As for passing/receiving, we encourage the players to use the inside (side foot) to control and pass. This is to build their strength/balance in the pass, while allowing them to make a more accurate pass. In comparing the toe and inside (for passing or shooting), the inside has more surface area to pass, which minimizes error of the pass or shot over time. As we advance, distance shots are taught with the laces. While receiving, we teach the players to open their bodies to receive with their back foot (foot farthest from the ball), which is across their body. This allows the player, once the ball is controlled with the inside, to see the whole field with a 180° field of view. With a larger field of view, the players can make quicker decisions, react and play quicker.

We appreciate your support and your positive encouragement to the players is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Alex Mendolia & Mark Lugris

Founders - Cantera Fútbol USA