The training methodology are the methods that our coaches use to impart knowledge into the our players.
CUSA uses the following 4-part methodology during its training sessions;
Juego de Posición Activity.
In order to be able to generate technically brilliant and tactically astute players, a certain kind of training methodology has to be adopted club-wide.
Going forwards, CUSA have decided to follow the example of some of the best clubs in world soccer and adopt the following 4-stage training methodology.
Rondos are a key staple of teams like Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich to mention but a few of the strongest teams in the world.
They are essentially 'reduced-number' versions of the game in which the players learn to play one or two touch soccer, exceptionally fast decision making, passing and receiving correctly whilst under pressure and supporting off the ball movements.
What is learned in a Rondo translates directly to the game itself and allows CUSA Players to be able to play a courageous, bold and expansive style of soccer.
Because Rondos are so game specific and can mirror certain parts of the game, whilst ensuring that all players are heavily involved, it truly is a vital part of the training methodology and has been previously described as 'Barcelona's secret weapon'.
However, unlike larger versions of the game, Rondos are typically small-sided so they provide young players with the opportunity of getting on the ball many times in a Rondo as well as experiencing certain game-specific scenarios repeatedly in a short period of time.
It is interesting to note that by the time a player in Barcelona's youth system (La Masia) has reached 18 years of age he will have played approximately 2,000 hours of Rondo!
In order to be able to carry out the tactical instructions of the coach, a player must be able to handle the ball, technically, with ease and comfort in opposed scenarios with pressure from defenders.
Not only is being able to beat defenders 1v1 essential but a player must be able to receive the ball with purpose. That is, receive the ball comfortably, no matter how it is played to them, and have the correct body orientation and first touch to facilitate their next footballing action (receive with purpose).
CUSA players will learn to be exceptional in 1v1, 2v1, 2v2 & 3v2 scenarios.
Because our players will be raised in a cognitive training environment which teaches them to think for themselves and recognise often occurring tactical problems and find commonly occurring solutions, their play will have sharp, quick, and rapid decision making and execution as its hallmark.
It is interesting to note that the best and quickest decision-making players in the world will try to receive the ball across their body, on their back foot with their body shape oriented to be at least on the half turn, trying to see up the field as well as where the ball has come from (receive with purpose).
Juego de Posición Activity
One of the key 'signatures' to CUSA's style of play is the ability to dominate the game 'positionally'. That is, when we have the ball, to be able to always fill the right spaces at the right time, using the principles of width, depth and penetration.
This coupled with the correct timing of off-the-ball movement, constantly provides the ball carrier and the team with attacking options due to the offensive structure of the team.
It is interesting to note that the world's most successful teams in modern times, in terms of both club and national teams, are those that subscribe to a Juego de Posición style of play.
That is a very short and concise overview of CUSA's methodology.
Why are we not afraid to share this?
Because it isn't something that can simply be 'copy and pasted'.
Its much more than that.
It's the sum of years of collective experience, hard work and dedication brought together by our coaching staff as well as our constant striving to achieve excellence through things like our on-field and in-class coaching education.
It forms part of our DNA, our belief in a philosophy of training and playing that we work on improving, constantly.