Europeese styl voor de training
"If you don't build a house on a solid foundation it will
eventually fall down . . . we need a new Grass Roots football foundation in the
Grass Roots Report 1995
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Welcome to EWSM
After a short spell of both playing and coaching with Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany and PSV Eindhoven in Holland in the late seventies, I returned to the UK and created the football development programme SSD (systematic structured development) which is now used worldwide by many of the top professional clubs as part of their junior and senior player development structure.
Following on from that I later published The Grass Roots Report, Coaching Tools, and Kicking Into The Future, all of which led me into a football consultancy career, and in 2000 I formed EWSM.
I operate the UK base of EWSM (also located in Germany and the
Netherlands) and offer a highly confidential consultancy service
to professional clubs and players in the area of Technical Football
On 1st November, 2013, the Consultancy side of EWSM was sold to the WVT Group In Germany & Holland, but Eddy Whyte can still be contacted on the above email address.
- Junior Player - Systematic Structured Development
- Youth Player - Systematic Structured Development
- Senior Player - Systematic Structured Development
- Player Assessment
- Player Mentoring
- Team Performance and Analysis
- Club Structures
Sample FAQ's - click on link below for answers
The task is split into four separate categories, youth players, senior players, team skills, and player assessment:
Youth Players - How many times have you seen outstanding youth players fail to make it at the professional grade - so individual development programming, mentoring, mental coaching, and personal management are key areas.
Senior Players - How many times have you seen a young player go from the top of his game to being in the reserves, or lacking in certain areas which ultimately becomes their downfall? Similar to the youth programme, but also working on the key individual skills, performance analysis, and pro-level skill development.
Team Skills - team performance and analysis.
Player Assessment - working closely with managers to find the right kind of players that fit into his particular style of play.
Back in the seventies my first impression was one of total professionalism and that operated right throughout the club from the youngest youth players to the top international stars.
Remember what it was like in the UK at that time, well, in Germany, there was no drinking culture, no partying, and no scruffy dress - being a professional footballer was a lifestyle and if you didn't tow the line you were out!
All of the training sessions were methodically thought out and planned with each individual player having his own specific programme.
Mental coaching - coming second was not an option, as a German, you win!
They also had quite a detailed Sports Psychology programme (first used in the 1974 world cup and copied from the American athletics team system) - yes, 20 years before the British even considered such a thing as a possible option!
'Cultural adaptation' is a big part of SSD and although a complex subject, it is one of the main reasons why we have failed over the years - you just can't copy a complete system from another country, you have to take into consideration . . . education . . . flexibility . . .!
Over the years Germany has just continually built upon that original foundation, and only recently they have invested heavily in a very successful new youth development programme.
Back in the early seventies Ajax set the foundation for the future of the Dutch game with their total football concept and modern style development programme, and this is the very system that
I entered into when I joined PSV a few years later.
At that time the Dutch didn't have the same level of mental coaching as the Germans (see FAQ on Germany), but they more than made up for that with their innovative approach to the game - skill training programmes from a very young age, masters of the possession game, and positional interchange ability. As with the German system, the UK tried to emulate this approach, but failed due to a lack of 'SSD Cultural Adaptation'.
If wondering where the Spanish system came from, it was Johan Cruyff, a former Ajax player, who took the process to Spain when he became the manager of Barcelona
At the present time there appears to be two areas that we spend most of our time on, Transitional Stepping, and PA (player assessment)
- as a lot of British clubs are now trying to move away from the direct style of play towards the possession game.
Around 85% of young players signing professional contracts
in England today are leaving the game by age 21.
In SSD this is called the TRANSITIONAL STEP and something which I specifically highlighted away back in 1995 (Grass Roots Report) as needing professional nurturing, coaching, and mentoring by specially trained development coaches. This hasn't happened and as a result EWSM are now spending a lot of time working in this area with proper development programmes and player mentoring.
Most possession skill players can easily adapt to the direct game, but very few direct players can master the possession game - so clubs ask us to to carry out player assessments on potential targets to see if, in our opinion, they have the necessary skill base.