If you can’t explain it simply,
you don’t understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein



City Football Club’s coaching philosophy, is to provide a platform of professionally planned and delivered practices within a six week cycle of Meso, Macro and Micro objectives with outcomes specific to each age group.

We prepare players for the next level of football, with simple decision making practices and a games programme based on the technical and tactical outcomes through the understanding of the principles of play and game transition in both attack and defence relevant to that specific phase.

We adopt multiple systems of play to counteract the opposition using our core and sub-core principles of play in and out of possession. Players must understand how to use different strategies that confound the opposition, whilst maintaining a style-of-play anchored to our core concepts.

To accomplish our objectives, we make each practice game-related and situational, with set-game scenario’s, and solid structures player learning and development.

Within our environment, we develop creative thinkers and good decision makers through instruction, guidance and independent thinking, which translates to making correct decisions when exposed to the rigors of match play.



Playing Philosophy

Stick to attacking principles of play on transition; pass quality and creativity.


Penetration
Dispersal
Movement
Support
Creativity

Counter Attacking

Penetration
Dispersal
Movement
Support
Creativity

Creating & Scoring

OBJECTIVE

To play an efficient, economical, measured, possession-based attacking strategy where pass quality, and intelligent and timely support and movement, leads to penetration across the width of the field to provide goal-scoring opportunities if appropriate counter-attacking possibilities are denied. Players adapt to the opposition’s counter-measures, and adjust through good decision-making to produce a superior end-product.

In possession, we stick to the attacking principles of play on transition, playing out from the back, through the thirds, while creating and then ultimately scoring. We want clever, creative, and skilful players that can recognise when to make correct decisions using attacking principles within the ‘in possession phase’.

Retaining & Rebuilding

Penetration
Dispersal
Movement
Support
Creativity

Progressing & Penetrating

Penetration
Dispersal
Movement
Support
Creativity

Counter Attacking

Retaining & Rebuilding

Progressing & Penetrating

Creating & Scoring

OBJECTIVE

To play an efficient, economical, measured, possession-based attacking strategy where pass quality, and intelligent and timely support and movement, leads to penetration across the width of the field to provide goal-scoring opportunities if appropriate counter-attacking possibilities are denied. Players adapt to the opposition’s counter-measures, and adjust through good decision-making to produce a superior end-product.

In possession, we stick to the attacking principles of play on transition, playing out from the back, through the thirds, while creating and then ultimately scoring. We want clever, creative, and skilful players that can recognise when to make correct decisions using attacking principles within the ‘in possession phase’.

Change of attitude at the right time; pressing and aggressive attitude.


Delay
Compactness
Depth
Balance
Control & Restraint

Press

Delay
Compactness
Depth
Balance
Control & Restraint

Emergency Defending & Goal Protection

OBJECTIVE

To form a defensive tactical framework which allows for recapture of possession as early as possible, depending on the opposition. Our defensive strategy depends on the level of the opposition: we either adopt a high-pressing or a withdrawal (counter attacking) defensive strategy.

Regaining possession occurs by being in good ‘start’ positions, showing an understanding of the team shape (Roles & Responsibilities), and a willingness to defend the goal with aggressiveness over the ball, along with intelligence and simplicity.

We want CFC players to condition, direct, and pressure the opposition with the objective of causing a mistake which results in the re-gain of ball possession; CFC players are conditioned to recognise cues and triggers to press collectively.

Out of possession, we must stick to defensive principles of play on transition, pressing from the front, defending as a midfield, and protecting the goal. We train clever and aggressive players that can recognise when to make the right decisions using the defensive principles of play within the ‘out of possession phase’.

Delay, Deny & Dictate

Delay
Compactness
Depth
Balance
Control & Restraint
Delay
Compactness
Depth
Balance
Control & Restraint

Press

Emergency Defending & Goal Protection

Delay, Deny & Dictate

OBJECTIVE

To form a defensive tactical framework which allows for recapture of possession as early as possible, depending on the opposition. Our defensive strategy depends on the level of the opposition: we either adopt a high-pressing or a withdrawal (counter attacking) defensive strategy.

Regaining possession occurs by being in good ‘start’ positions, showing an understanding of the team shape (Roles & Responsibilities), and a willingness to defend the goal with aggressiveness over the ball, along with intelligence and simplicity.

We want CFC players to condition, direct, and pressure the opposition with the objective of causing a mistake which results in the re-gain of ball possession; CFC players are conditioned to recognise cues and triggers to press collectively.

Out of possession, we must stick to defensive principles of play on transition, pressing from the front, defending as a midfield, and protecting the goal. We train clever and aggressive players that can recognise when to make the right decisions using the defensive principles of play within the ‘out of possession phase’.