The Future of the Game


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At CM Coaching, we truly believe that to develop players for the future we need to understand what the future will look like.

Think about the way the game has changed over the last 10 years. At that time most teams played with two strikers, and at least one of them was good in the air, because teams looked to go wide and attack the sides of the penalty area. Strikers needed to finish from crosses. Think of players like Lineker, Shearer, Ferdinand, Sutton.

Now look at today’s game. There are far fewer goals scored from crosses.

Teams score coming through the front of the penalty area, so strikers are different, they need to have different attributes today than those needed in the past.

If we can understand the reasons why these things happen we can understand what the future will hold, and in turn coach players for the future.

The game is getting increasingly faster, players are fitter than ever before. For example, Argentina “belt” the ball at players in the box.

Teams now defend from the edge of the box to the edge of the centre circle and “bank it up”. To be able to break these teams down, you need to be able to perform the following “at speed”:

  • Receive the ball
  • Retain the ball
  • Run with the ball
  • Release the ball

To produce players of the future, we need to produce forward thinking coaches;

“With the introduction of The FA Premiership, the speed of the game has increased; it has taken a while for the technical quality to catch up. I think this will be the scenario in 2020 unless English coaches prepare now and comprehensively for future football”.

Steve Clarke of Chelsea

“Players will need to be able to read the game, solve the problem, prioritise and decide and act so much quicker than at the present time – we will need to produce ‘instant’ players. They will be required to operate at speed on the move in a variety of directions and exhibit technical accuracy and sensitivity as they do so. Players will be obliged to assume unusual body positions and exceptional levels of agility in order to respond to the ‘instancy’ of the game in the quickest and in the tightest of circumstances.  Creativity at speed, ‘now’, will be a must and the ability to change ‘mind’ and ‘skill’ at the last second, essential”.

Dick Bate National Coach England