November 12, 2021 By Jordan Off

Newsletter (04) Term 4

In what was a very uncharacteristic cold week of training we were impressed to see many of the players brave the cold conditions to continue developing their skills. The mini mongo programs continued development of players decision making. Pre academy programs focussed on game scenarios improving their attacking and defending shapes.

This weeks focus is on the Academy programs. 

Currently, players are working to perfect their fundamental skills as well as furthering the implementation of advanced tactics and moment patterns into their games.

Indeed, the perfection of these fundamentals work to provide a concrete foundation to which more complex applications of the game are built. This includes key considerations such as a players ball address, basic movement patterns, communication and more. Growth in such areas allow for the improvement in both an individual and collective sense when applied to game situations.

Furthermore, the implementation of advanced tactics works to promote thought and understanding within the players guiding them to find solutions in a more efficient and effective manner. Players at this age have many upsides. Multiple years of playing experience and the development of maturity that largely comes with age allows players to have a more worldly view of the game. Players may have the opportunity for international experiences to immerse themselves in different footballing environments across the world to aid in their development of the game.

We are always open to discussions with parents surrounding such opportunities.

Socceroos back home

The Socceroos are midway through the third phase of World Cup qualification, sitting in second place in their group.

Sure, the 0-0 draw in admittedly torrid conditions against Saudi Arabia was not what most had hoped for to celebrate the ending of the Socceroos’ domestic exile.

However, the hard-earned point in Western Sydney could prove to be vital come the conclusion of World Cup qualifying in March next year.

“We are in a great position still,” Graham Arnold said after Thursday’s match. “If We beat China on Tuesday, we are in a fantastic position.”

Midway through this 10-game phase of qualifying, the Socceroos are in one of the coveted top-two spots that guarantee qualification for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

Australia has 10 points from its five games in this third phase of qualifying so far — three points behind Saudi Arabia and one point ahead of Japan, who beat Vietnam 1-0 away from home on Thursday.

Two of the next five games, against Japan and Vietnam, are on home soil too — a luxury the Socceroos were not afforded in the first half of this phase.

However, there are also tough away trips to the Middle East: Surprise packets Oman in January and Saudi Arabia on the final match day of the campaign in March — in what will likely be a hostile atmosphere in Riyadh.

Australia first must travel to the neutral Emirate of Sharja to face an underwhelming China side this Tuesday.