Last summer I was fortunate enough to attend a coaching seminar conducted by FCB Escola, the youth division of FC Barcelona. It was a fantastic learning experience. The level of perfectionism in their coaching staff and detail in their training makes it obvious why FC Barcelona is a top club in the world of football, and will remain one for many years.
Below are my notes from the 2-day seminar. In some area they are not quite complete simply because there was so much content I could not keep up with the presenters. In all cases I tried to fill in any missing gaps based on my recollections. Enjoy.
After travelling the world for six months visiting the world’s best performance hotbeds Rasmus Ankersen, author of The Gold Mine Effect, discusses the major problems with current talent identification methods and procedures and suggests a better approach to improve your ability to spot undervalued talent.
Outstanding look into the inner workings and training of the 4-4-2 (flat midfield) formation. In particular, the description and training techniques for the “flat-back-four” defense are fundamental to understanding this now-standard defensive shape. Sacchi didn’t invent it, but he definitely perfected it with AC Milan and Italy.
Books are available which provide diagrams and illustrations supporting this video.