As part of the ongoing mission to raise the standards of coaching and player development at Ligi Ndogo, we are looking to monitor and report the development of young players in our Academy.
Briefly, the pilot program (season 40: 17 Jan to 4 April) tested aspects on match tactics with a lot of emphasis on individual ball mastery, coaches’ recommendations, observation and player response.
Season 42 emphasized more on the dynamics of soccer that contribute to superior performance. The evaluation, while still based on previous parameters (subjective and objective analysis) continues to take into account this interrelationship when assessing a player’s ability. Objective analysis has been fused into application and is judged alongside other elements of subjective analysis and every weekend’s execution within the curriculum (shooting and heading, passing, dribbling and ball control).
As in the previous season, skills, vision, tactical insight, application and execution were keenly monitored. Tremendous emphasis was put on creativity, skill and judgment during team play.
Players develop in response to an environment where technique and tactical awareness is set up in structured free play. This was brought out via small sided games (3 v 3, 4 v 4, 4 v 4 +2, etc). Therefore, the small sided plays are a major part of the season’s evaluation.
In spite of the evaluation metrics, more emphasis has been put on player performance during every game/match (critical qualitative observation, analytical) rather than a game’s final score (quantitative, numerical) which are not to any extent the measure of an individual player’s potential or ability. A subpar performance on a given skill test is not necessarily a parameter for failure but rather an insight into what the next season’s program needs to put more emphasis on.
Evaluation points such as what a player can do with the ball, movement off the ball, defending a player with the ball/without the ball, will appear on a scorecard as a coach’s observation rather than as a metric analysis.
While technical plays are obviously important at the higher levels, young players must learn to play through obstacles during small-sided games as they develop their skill level or apply skills that they have learnt.
A lot of emphasis was also put on coaches’ performance and training. All the Ligi Ndogo coaches completed and were certified with the Football Coaching Course Level Two held on 27th September 2015 by the Technical Director, Tim Bryett (UEFA B) and applied throughout the 42nd season.
This report is generated in knowledge that with proper monitoring, a program that puts emphasis on individual development as well as team oriented plays eventually leads to a technically and tactically complete player.