TOCA Football

December 10th, 2018

TOCA helps to unlock a soccer player’s creativity

Creativity is frequently associated with the magically gifted soccer players. Players such as James Rodriguez, Kevin De Bruyne, Diego Maradona, Mia Hamm and Zinedine Zidane possess this magic as evidenced through their precise passing, exceptional dribbling and awe-inspiring finishing.

 

How can the aspiring young soccer player unlock his or her creativity?

 

TOCA Football encourages its players to explore their imagination by mastering technical skills, building confidence to use a skill creatively and taking risks through quality repetition, challenging exercises and game-like movements.

 

Soccer is a beautifully-designed game that requires constant problem-solving using advanced skill sets and superior decision-making. Only through mastery of skills can players use their imagination to solve countless game scenarios.

 

The higher the skill level, the more creativity and instinctive play one can achieve. It’s difficult to be creative on the pitch if a player lacks a precise first touch. This is why it’s vital for any player, especially the young athletes, to first improve and master fundamental skill sets.

By mastering skills on the ball, you can easily move the ball anywhere you want on the pitch and see if there is an opportunity to be creative.

The higher the skill level, the more creativity and instinctive play one can achieve. It’s difficult to be creative on the pitch if a player lacks a precise first touch. This is why it’s vital for any player, especially the young athletes, to first improve and master fundamental skill sets.

 

“That’s what we can do faster and better than anyone,” said TOCA founder and former 15-year professional Eddie Lewis. “TOCA lends itself to the player’s creative ability because we are giving them all the tools.

 

TOCA Trainers help cultivate an environment for players to tap into their inventive nature. TOCA gives its trainers the freedom to be creative in how they design their exercises and in how they motivate their players. During a session, a player can unlock creative solutions to individual problems in a low-pressure environment.

 

“One benefit of our training is the ability to re-produce a number of different repetitions and quickly change tactics even in the middle of an exercise that usually sees 18 or more balls delivered,” Lewis said. “Using the Touch Trainer, our trainer and the player work on multi-levels (delivered on the ground, in the air and a variety of angles) and focus on continuous adjustments to best prepare for eventualities in a match.”

 

Creativity is also about taking risks. A soccer match is broken down into micro-moments, presenting new challenges on the pitch. Whether it’s a midfielder trying to create space, a defender figuring out how to mark the player in front or a goalkeeper reacting to a sudden shot, the game is constantly providing problems to solve. A player can’t afford to be stagnant and predictable. Rather, a player must be creative in his or her solutions and understand when a process fails, they must have the ability to try something new.

 

With a new ball presenting itself every few seconds, the athlete shouldn’t be afraid to attempt new moves, like turning the ball with the weak foot. The only way weaknesses become strengths is through consistent training. “As a lefty, I couldn’t move the ball with my right foot,” Lewis said. “But I repeatedly practiced changing direction with my weak foot until it became another weapon in my arsenal. The game eventually became easier.”

To a player, soccer becomes easier when they have mastered many of the fundamentals. They can then handle any situation (no more running around a pass or playing to your dominant foot).
The more skills a player is able to master, the more confidence they will have to add creatively on the pitch. TOCA provides the players ideal conditions to expand on their own creativity.

 

“The best decisions on the field aren’t made with your mind but with your instinct,” said Argentina star forward Lionel Messi. In order for a player to instinctively complete a touch out of the air, a pass on the ground or a one-time volley, numerous repetitions of skill sets have transpired. If a player is forced to stop and think, the moment is gone. The only way to swiftly resolve any situation in a game is to possess a mastery of skills with the confidence to create the next movement on the ball.

 

The best players on the pitch possess well-rounded skill sets, which allow them to be limited by only their imagination and not their skills. TOCA’s goal is to guide a soccer player through the process of developing advanced technical skills with the confidence to instinctively and creatively experience their own magic of play.

 

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