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The structure of the youth system at Ajax Amsterdam.

Very few clubs can boast of having won the European Cup with most of the players in the starting line-up for the final trained in their youth ranks. Ajax is one of them, they achieved this in 1995 with Louis Van Gaal at the helm. ç That was the last time that Ajax reigned in the Old Continent; however, the fruits of their work with the youth academy continues to feed their first team, other Dutch clubs and the national team. A third of the players in the Eredivisie, the top flight of Dutch football, have gone through the Ajax academy at sometime in their formative period.

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Exercises for the improvement of possession of the ball in numerical equality.

In a playing space of 50 x 40 m, two groups of 6 players are formed. At the start, the attackers play in numerical superiority of 6x4, later at numerical equality of 6x6. Attacking tactical concepts: - Improve efficiency in maintaining possession of the ball. - Improve the occupation and use of space (width and depth). - Improve supporting runs (constant creation of passing channels and lines). - Improve general supporting play (offer constant efficient solutions to the player on the ball). - Improve postural orientation. - Improve changes of direction as a means of removing opponents from certain zones. - Improve the coordination between speed and precision in play.

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Individual technique and its training: Analytical Methodology

In our following publications in the section dealing with TECHNIQUE, we will provide a different vision from a methodological point of view, for the work of individual technique in football. In the following article we will discuss the methodology of the training of technique through performing analytical exercises; the execution of isolated exercises, undertaken in most cases without real opposition.

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Practices of play of individual attacking technical priority.

Within the integrated model as the model for the design of exercises, we will group the exercises into three levels of approximation or categories based on the higher or lower degree of closeness to the reality of play. A first level of approximation is formed by a type of exercises called practices of play which are the most simple, through which starting from a basic situation we look to improve a certain situation in real play

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Tactical attacking rhythm of play

In this article we analyse the different types of rhythms of play that a team can apply in the development of their tactical game model, and we will analyse a sample training session through the methodology of tactical integration.

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Essential aspects for the construction of a defensive football team.

First of all, I want to emphasize that a team that defends well, attacks better, and team that attacks well, also defends better, that is to say, defence and attack in football are indivisible. But as part of the cycle of play we can structure a number of factors that help in building a defensive team, regardless of the model of play being developed, which characterize these factors uniquely.

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It's Sargent Again as U.S. Beat Senegal in U20 World Cup

The legend of 17-year-old Josh Sargent continues to grow and his price tag continues to rise as the St. Louis Scott Gallaghers club man scored the game winner. By Peter Nolan

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NWSL Sprits Raised as Mal Pugh Signs With Washington

The National Women's Soccer League recorded one of the biggest victories in its five years when news broke this weekend that 19-year-old U.S. WNT star Mallory Pugh has elected to begin her professional career. By Peter Nolan

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MLS - Big 5

New York City FC has announced that 2016 MLS MVP David Villa, nickname-The Kid, or El Guaje- has extended his contract with the team for one more year, tying the team's first ever signing to the Bronx-based club through 2018. By Peter Nolan

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10 Man U.S. Ties Saudi Arabia to Top Group F

The U.S.A. advanced to a Round of 16 matchup with New Zealand with this morning's tie against Saudi Arabia, topping Group F as Senegal and Ecuador played to a 0-0 draw. By Peter Nolan

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U.S. U20's Snatch Late Draw in World Cup Opener

Fresh off of leading the U.S. team to qualification for the U17 World Cup this autumn in India Josh Sargent scored twice today to set the stage for Luca de la Torre's 94th-minute equalizer in a crazy draw versus Ecuador. By Peter Nolan

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FIFA U20 World Cup Opens With a Few Surprize Results

The United States men's U20 World Cup journey begins Monday in South Korea with a matchup against a highly rated Ecuador team missing key players to injury and unavailability. By Peter Nolan