Physical abilities in a collaborative-opposition sport are essential. Football involves primarily these: speed, strength, flexibility and endurance.
Depending on the maturity of the players and where they are in their process of physical change, these abilities are worked through different training systems. With younger children we work with an analytical system, i.e. seeking an specific improvement outside a real match situation and ensuring they like and enjoy physical oriented exercises.
When players mature and their skills improve, the analytical system gives way to a more comprehensive system, where the ball is added and, later on, physical goals are embedded into real game situations.
The physical development also allows players to acquire specific motor skills such as coordination, balance, imbalances, proprioceptive abilities or injury prevention. The later gains more importance over the years, as the game becomes more demanding the injury risk increases.
Last but not least, our coaches always emphasize on the “invisible training”: what players do on the field is important, but even more important is what they do before and after: nutrition, hydration, rest or leisure are very central in players’ life.
"A player is two hours a day and 24 hours a day a person"