5 Basic Elements of Soccer (Part 2) – Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff, one of the Total Football creators, showed us in his book “Fútbol – Mi filosofia (2012)”, what he considers to be the “5 Basic Elements of Soccer”: 1) shooting; 2) heading; 3) driblling/faking/feinting; 4) carrying the ball, and 5) ball control.

In this post we show a few more game examples to train Johan Cruyff’s “5 Basic Elements of Soccer”: driblling/faking/feinting; carrying the ball, and ball control.

Videos and images created in the sports software TacticalPad (click to access the Free Trial version).

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(3) DRIBLING / FAKING / FEINTING

Description:

  • Game Situation Keeper+4 v 4+Keeper
  • Field from end-line to big circle 35 yards wide as depicted below. Standard game. A well executed dribble is worth 1 point while a goal is worth 2 points.

Image:

GR+4x4+GR

Video:

(4) CARRYING THE BALL:

  • Game Situation: Keeper+3 v 3+Keeper with an Attacking Joker
  • Field from end-line to big circle 35 yards wide as depicted below. Standard game. Passes must backwards; otherwise the possession reverts to the opposing team.

Image:

GR+3x3x+GR com 1 Jk Ofensivo

Video:

(5) BALL CONTROL:

Description:

  • Game siuation Keeper+ (3+2) v (3+2)+Keeper
  • Field set-up as depicted below with four external player zones, two for each team on the attacking end.  Every time the ball is passed in the air to the “external” players they must receive the ball in their playing zone and cross it to one of their team mates.  If the ball is passed to the “external” player on the ground they must make a directional reception followed by a scoring attempt supported by the team mates, hence with numbers up.

Image:

GR+(3+2)x(3+2)+GR - Controlo da Bola

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Author:

Pedro Mendonça (Follow link to find the author’s book on Tactical Periodization).


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About Pedro Mendonça: Real Madrid Foundation - Football Coach/Professor. UEFA B Football Coach. Physical Education Teacher. Author of: "Tactical Periodization: A Practical Application for the Game Model of FC Bayern Munich"

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