|Coaches often look for ways to improve performance and one way is through a better understanding by players of the tasks they have to undertake. This article attempts to introduce and discuss the the use and advantages of using computerised simulation software for creating and presenting soccer training drills. It also offers a guide on what to look for when buying software and advice on creating your own animated drills.|
|COMPUTERISED SIMULATION OF DRILLS|
For many years, soccer coaches have used similar methods to design and present their training drills to players. The chalk and blackboard is a popular method as are tactic boards where the players are represented by draughts on a pitch and finally simple basic pen and paper drawings. However, these methods are known to have various disadvantages:
One of the reasons for coaches continuing to using these older style methods is their unfamiliarity and dislike of modern computer equipment.
However, over the last 5 or so years, various companies have designed and created software to actually animate or bring to life these static training drills. The main advantages of using this type of software are:
Evidence has shown that players can learn quicker through using this type of software. The two diagrams below demonstrate the difference between static and animated drills. On the left, even in colour, the diagram may be difficult to understand. However, the same situation is immediately transformed when it is brought to life as shown on the right. We can clearly see the aim of the drill through the timing of the movements and actions.
|BUYING & USING A SOFTWARE PACKAGE|
Computerised simulation software has become widely available but does vary in quality and price. CD-ROM's containing already created drills are also available. However, there are several important factors to look out for before parting with your money !
Generally it is a good idea to thoroughly try all aspects of the software out before purchasing.
Once you have made your choice, like when purchasing there are several important points to respect before creating your drills.
Through respecting the above points, you should find when creating tactical drills that less mistakes will be made and the whole process will be easier.
The above article has described the advantages of using computerised simulation software for creating tactical drills. With software becoming increasingly powerful and easier to use, these particular systems are gradually becoming part of many coaches' training preparation methods. Computerised simulations of drills are often better understood by players than traditional methods. There are however, various points to be aware of when purchasing and using this type of software.