This is the only thing we don’t individualize with football players.
Individual periodization is an essential aspect of player development. It is the process of tailoring training programs to meet the unique needs of individual players. By understanding a player’s strengths and weaknesses, coaches can develop training programs that will maximize the players’ performance.
In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of individual periodization, and how coaches can use it to improve the performance of their players.
Importance of Individual Periodization
Every player is different, with different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. In a lot of forms of training, we already abandoned the one-size-fits-all approach to training as it is not the most effective way.
Individual periodization is important for several reasons. Firstly, it allows coaches to focus on the individual development of each player. When players are given individual training programs, they are more likely to improve their skills and abilities in a shorter amount of time. This personalized approach can help to keep players motivated and engaged in their training. This is because players feel they are becoming better at something, and this gives motivation.
So everyone knows individual periodization is important, then why are we not doing it with tactical skills? Almost all clubs have an individual physical periodization for players, as well as different mental periodization and even individualized nutrition plans. But there’s no individual tactical periodization.
How to implement individual tactical periodization?
The first step in implementing individual periodization is to assess the needs of each player. Coaches can use a variety of tools to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their players. But in individual tactical skills, it’s best to see video and live play. In this it’s important to focus on one player, at Tactalyse we recognized all the game situations that can happen in a football match, we cut these situations into small video clips and then put them all next to each other. In this way, you can see if a player is good in a certain game situation or not. This also takes away the bias of the result, because there are so many situations besides each other.
Once the coach has identified the individual needs of each player, they can then design a plan that addresses those needs. This might include individual tactical skill sessions and extra video analysis, but above all this helps the player in the normal team training to focus on these skills.
Individual periodization is common practice in all other aspects of football, but tactically there’s almost no individual periodization. As the game of football is evolving tactical individual periodization will become the next thing that’s needed in helping players reach their full potential.
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