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Strategic Approach

A general strategic approach consists of various elements based upon a rationalisation of the game to create an effective structure on the pitch.

Taken as a whole, a strategic approach is established based on individual resources and qualities. It can sometimes be a reflection of a group or of an individual, particularly the coach.

A strategic approach can stem from an analysis of the sporting culture, the intrinsic qualities of the main persons involved, and the environment in which the players find themselves. In principle, all of the players’ activities are in line with the required strategic approach, which is part of the group’s overall vision.

Anticipating and processing information on the pitch in order to exploit space is essential and this is what makes tactics such a key part of football. As a result, the information that comes from experience and respecting the Laws of the Game will help players to move around the pitch.

By taking the time to think and make a decision, the player does something that benefits the team’s play.

Tactical performances are very dependent on the cognitive aspect and physical resources during movements.

Each section presents various methods of working with young players so that the overall strategic approach is understood and appropriate, particularly at the basic and intermediate training levels. In training, mastering the basics of movement and tactics is key to understanding and reading the game.

A strategic approach is a team’s way of playing on the pitch. It is akin to a “trademark”, a game philosophy, or in other words, a team’s style of play. One could even refer to the spirit that the coach instils by calling upon his experience, his football culture and especially through the players at his disposal. This approach is built upon a formation and organisation, in other words the movements of players that vary depending on the selected principles of play.

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