What Can The Total Soccer Player Do For You?
I was tired of struggling with various injuries and fed up with sub-par speed and getting pushed off the ball. I was small, slow, and weak, so going into my senior year of college soccer it was time for a change. In the off-season I finally started taking strength and conditioning seriously. Little did I know how much more effective skills are when you can actually execute them under the demands of the game. Needless to say, I became obsessed with the human body as it related to becoming the best soccer player possible.
Before long I stopped getting injured and had my best season yet. Playing the likes of Indiana University, UCLA, Stanford, UCONN, Washington, Cal, let me tell you that running by athletic defenders at that level is not easy. But, it finally became possible. I was able to threaten in behind defenses, started jumping higher and winning headers, and was even called "a great ball-winner".
While pursuing a Master's degree in exercise science, I traveled to various countries to train and study from top clubs, read countless books, served internships, and attended numerous seminars and classes to continue learning so I could keep evolving as an athlete and also help other aspiring athletes. Through my trials and tribulations, adventures playing around the world, research, and coaching at various levels, this site is my way of helping other players change their beliefs about what is possible and dramatically exceed expectations.
Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest players and soccer minds to ever live, and the Dutch National Team of 1974 coined the term "Total Football' which meant that any player on the field could play any position. I love that idea and feel strongly that soccer players should be well-rounded. This site takes the idea of a Total Footballer a step further and discusses nutrition, mobility, strength and conditioning, psychology, technical training, and tactics that will help all of us become not only amazing soccer players, but mentally and physical healthy and happy human beings. Where you stand now as a soccer player is a result of nature and nurture. We can't do much about your genetics, but we can damn sure maximize how you treat and train your mind and body and create dramatic transformation.
To those who want to optimize the performance of the individual soccer player. We cover technical training, athletic development, nutrition, and mindset strategies to get soccer players performing their best.
Soccer Drills Ball & Wall
Check out our video page for more soccer tips, interviews, and training methods. Training with a soccer ball and wall is a super effective way to work on all skills without the need for other people to play the ball in.
The cruyff turn
The Cruyff is a great move to create space in a soccer game. It is easily applied when faking a long ball, shot, or cross. The Cruyff has advantages over other methods of changing direction that I discuss in the video.