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Game knowledge involves movement, positioning, decision-making and much more. It is often the largest distinguishing factor between different levels of the game. Through knowledge gained from professional and semi-professional players, we aim to create game-changing position-specific plans that will accelerate players development rapidly. Individual plans can be acquired on the shop page of our site. To keep up to date with progress follow our Instagram.

Efficiency

When we think about technically gifted players, we often immediately jump to the conclusion they are technically gifted solely because of their technical ability, however this is simply one of a few sub-divides that make up the technical domain.

Picture a player, who has an outstanding ability to pass the ball, but instead favours dribbling into pressure almost every time they receive the ball. This player has technical ability, but won’t be perceived as technically gifted, as they are not aware of how to best use their ability.

Ultimately the key to being a strong player in the technical domain, is being intelligent and efficient. A player should recognise their own abilities and use them to their advantage. For example, a right footed winger who is playing on the left wing should favour cutting back to play an in-swinging cross on their stronger foot whenever possible. Why? Because it’s the most efficient ball the footballer can play given the situation and his ability.

Given any ability, intelligent play is situation-based. While Cristiano Ronaldo is great at dribbling past players, it’s just not intelligent for him to try to dribble out of his own box during a press.

While it’s hard to put numbers or percentages to define efficiency in football (something a supercomputer endorsed by the NBA has achieved in basketball) due to the many permutations in 90 minutes of action, it is fairly easy for students of the game to recognise when and where to make any action on the football pitch. The greatest players of this generation all have one thing in common - they are efficient. 

Which brings us to this goal by Kane, one of many he has scored by taking a touch inside the pitch, then finishing across his body into the near corner. When you consider the movements of both the goalkeeper and defenders, alongside the ability to produce power with accuracy by swinging hips round the ball, there is no shot with greater efficiency that Kane can take in this position. This is something he has recognised himself and is a reason he continuously takes shots with this action.

Movement

When we think about technically gifted players, we often immediately jump to the conclusion they are technically gifted solely because of their technical ability, however this is simply one of a few sub-divides that make up the technical domain.

Picture a player, who has an outstanding ability to pass the ball, but instead favours dribbling into pressure almost every time they receive the ball. This player has technical ability, but won’t be perceived as technically gifted, as they are not aware of how to best use their ability.

Ultimately the key to being a strong player in the technical domain, is being intelligent and efficient. A player should recognise their own abilities and use them to their advantage. For example, a right footed winger who is playing on the left wing should favour cutting back to play an in-swinging cross on their stronger foot whenever possible. Why? Because it’s the most efficient ball the footballer can play given the situation and his ability.

Given any ability, intelligent play is situation-based. While Cristiano Ronaldo is great at dribbling past players, it’s just not intelligent for him to try to dribble out of his own box during a press.

While it’s hard to put numbers or percentages to define efficiency in football (something a supercomputer endorsed by the NBA has achieved in basketball) due to the many permutations in 90 minutes of action, it is fairly easy for students of the game to recognise when and where to make any action on the football pitch. The greatest players of this generation all have one thing in common - they are efficient. 

Which brings us to this goal by Kane, one of many he has scored by taking a touch inside the pitch, then finishing across his body into the near corner. When you consider the movements of both the goalkeeper and defenders, alongside the ability to produce power with accuracy by swinging hips round the ball, there is no shot with greater efficiency that Kane can take in this position. This is something he has recognised himself and is a reason he continuously takes shots with this action.

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