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Contribution #3 - Score

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Contribution #3 - Score

The Chicas programming is based on the Performance Pillars, that result in possession, defending, creating, and scoring. We believe the fun part of the game is the ball.  Through our teaching methods, possession is intended to create chances, chances to score goals.  The more chances you create the more goals you can score...in theory.  The biggest challenge in scoring goals is the quality of your opportunities.  Consider this...each team has one primary objective, to put the ball in the opponent's goal.  The opponent has 11 players, including one that can use her hands, all trying to stop your team from scoring.   Navigating the opposition, creating, and finally scoring requires choreography, technical precision, luck, determination, improvisation, and the ability to deliver in that detail moment.  

To make it even more challenging, the higher the level of play,  the more challenging it is to score goals. The reason for this is the level of athleticism, skill, and organization from the opposition.   This is the art and science of scoring goals: when, where and how . Today's insight is: SCORING. 

Finishing/Shooting - Technique

  • laces - driven, chipped, lofted, bending/dipping
    • volley
    • off the half bounce (half volley)
    • bicycle
    • flick
  • inside of feet
    • slot
    • pass
    • bending
    • re-directing
  • outside of feet
    • bending
  • heading
    • direct
    • flick
  • outside the box
    • driven
    • lofted
    • chipped
    • bending
    • volley
    • half volley
    • side volley
  • inside the box
    • snap shot
    • redirect
    • slot
    • driven
    • volley
    • half volley
    • side volley
    • toe
    • head
    • bicycle
    • heel
    • flick
  • from crosses
    • near post
    • far post
    • trailer
    • flick
    • head
    • volley
  • set pieces
    • direct kicks
      • direct shot on goal
      • driven
      • lofted
      • bending
    • indirect kicks
      • choreographed movement/service
      • cross and finishing 
      • touch and shoot
    • penalty kicks
      • slot
      • driven
      • chipped
      • trickery

So many options, so many decisions, so many ways....and yet it is one of the most challenging aspects of the game.  Scoring goals...the ultimate contribution.

Work. Love. Share. We are the Chicas!

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Contribution #1 - Possession

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Contribution #1 - Possession

The Chicas programming is based on skill, ball mastery, and possession. We believe the fun part of the game is the ball.  The more we have of the ball, the more engaged players become, the more touches players get, the more chances we create as a team, and the more fun we have playing the game.  We teach, and expect, our players and teams to not only possess the ball, but move the ball with artistry, tempo, and rhythm. 

Over the course of the next week, we will be sharing the lens in which we teach the game.  Using Performance Pillars, we are able to not only measure a performance, but further define and paint the picture for players to apply what is learned in a meaningful way.  This will result in strong contributions, advancement, and greater enjoyment of the game.  Today's insight is: POSSESSION. 

  • First Touch
    • controlling the ball with intention
    • moving with your first touch to: 1. Penetrate,  2. Tight Control, 3. Separate from pressure, 4. Prepare to execute an idea
    • using all surfaces of your body to control ball: feet (all surfaces), thigh, chest, back, shoulder, head
  • Dribbling
    • to penetrate; advancing ball up field, or behind opposition
    • to possess; to separate from opposition
    • to create; moving opposition for pass, continued dribble, shot, service, or create space for teammates run
    • to speed up or slow down your teams advancement of the ball and runs 
  • Passing
    • to feet; on the floor, sharp, accurate, appropriate weight and texture
    • positive passes that breakdown opponents defensive blocks
    • speed of play; minimal touches, fluidity, simple, ball remains in motion 
    • combination play

Players that make a consistent positive contribution to their team, training, and games, the greater opportunities and enjoyment.  

Future posts will cover:

  • Defending
  • Scoring
  • Creating
  • Influence  

Work. Love. Share.  We are the Chicas!

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