The philosophy is based on the idea that at end of our development process, which stretches from the athlete' earliest years of training to college, we will develop competitive athletes within its ability. This ability is not coordinative, but conditionate, which are not only the motor coordination ability, but also other abilities such as strength, endurance, speed, agility, balance and flexibility, which are inherent in soccer. The ultimate goal is to develop a complete critical athlete able to master soccer autonomy with optimum decision making skills and able to solve challenging game situation problems that presents themselves during the game.
Game model is born from the history of the club and from who is at the club at that point. Team A may have a strong and powerful game model. The athletes are tall, and the team plays with a very strong defensive system. Team may have a reactive style. The teams prefer to play on their own side of the field and invest heavily on counter attacks. Team C may impose thew game, which is a team that has full trust on technical abilities.
BRAUSA trains our team with the understanding that we must be able to alternate in and out of all these different styles. Our athletes are trained to be extremely competitive, able to establish the rhythm at any game, but also able to play reactively, which the art of the counterattack. The ability the alternate and adapt to all game styles is fundamental at BRAUSA. Our training is designed to help our athletes defend in way that decrease the playing space of our opponents, master the art of ball possession and be conscious about managing time and space during the game. BRAUSA has a full understand of the fact that soccer today is about time, space, and precision.
The Art of Ball Possession
“ Ball possession is one of the most important statistics in a soccer game. According to a 2020 study conducted over 625 UEFA Champions League matches, teams with more ball possession won 49.2%, drew 22.0%, and lost 28.7% of the matches overall, exceeding the winning rates of their rivals. This effect was even greater when the gap of ball possession percentage between two teams in a match was higher.”
Since the time BRAUSA was established, our teams have been known for their mastery of ball possession. Considering the fact that over 90% of a soccer match is played without the ball, BRAUSA has established ball possession is a fundamental skill for our players. The 3 to 4 minutes each one of our players has the ball reflect our training and philosophy. Ball possession dictates how our athletes will manage his/her energy consumption, create intelligent plays by distracting and eluding the opponents until we have the right opportunity to penetrate their defense and score.
The practice sessions are divided in 4 to 5 parts.
BRAUSA warmups are designed to engage the athletes in movements of flexibility, mobility, increase of body temperature and heart rate, which in return increase blood flow. Warm up is especially important to BRAUSA practices, because of our focus on having our players simulate real game situations. This session ends with proper stretching.
Simulation stage One:
The simulation stage requires a full prepared body, due to the training demand for skill fluency and athlete playing adjustability. This stage may not necessarily call for goals or a goalkeeper. During this stage, the athletes work on the most important age and team level appropriate technical skills, while simulating all the skills necessary to accomplish the goals of the training session and our philosophy.
Simulation Stage Two:
At this stage, we expect our players to display the practiced skills in a more realistic setting, which will include goals, goalkeeper and a more complex/challenging structure. The goal may not necessary be present in a physical form, but goals will established as a form of discipline measurement and a way to direct the work to an objective.
Final steps of the practice structure, which involves all the contexts of the game. It will include not only the goalkeepers, but also a two-way activity (back and forth between defense and attack). At this stage, the trainers expect the activity to be executed at full competitive mode and at full pressure style. The work must display the objective of the training session, which will rotation among objectives like ball interception, high speed ball movement, laser fast decision making, game mode transition, individual skills, and many others.
Game Fluency Slot:
Most training sessions end with a freestyle unstructured game fluency slot. This slot is also fundamental to our philosophy, due to the amount of freedom and fluency we train players to display at games. It’s a simulation of the short games played at the all soccer countries, where the most creative players were raised. BRAUSA primary goal is to teach the proper way to play soccer, without limiting our players creativity and individual abilities.
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