Whenever the talk of creativity comes up, the discussion always turns to how we can develop truly creative players. Some argue that a complete implementation of street-soccer ideology helps develop true creativity, where others argue that strict positional play and automation help create the thought process necessary for creativity.
With our article last week, Zac Ludwig presented the idea that at the younger ages, say U8 through to U12, coaching the principles of play would be the best pathway for players rather than putting them in different, preconceived positions on the field. It’s one extreme compared to the other extreme of only positional play. I find myself more in the middle, as I believe it’s a joining of the two concepts that really creates that ideal player.