Raymond Verheijen’s Football Action Model – These Football Times


At times – I think that it’d be fair to say – I harbour a tendency to overthink things. To look for meaning when perhaps none is there. To grasp at the straws of linear causality in a desperate attempt to clarify the opaque correlations that I have become so hell-bent on establishing.

I am aware of this; I am, however, also aware that in a broader context, this penchant for convolution is by no means the most debilitating or toxic of afflictions. Indeed, it barely registers stock on an index of myriad other – and dare I say immeasurably more damaging – flaws whose share prices constantly jostle for position as a reminder to me daily of the fragility and value of my own self-worth. I charitably, if somewhat optimistically, indulge to label these weaknesses as ‘idiosyncrasies’. Charity, after-all, begins at home. Or so I’m told.

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Day 7 – Expert Meeting 2016

After the coaching staff meeting of today coaches prepare for coaching Feyenoord U19 in this afternoon’s game. In particular, they develop the team meeting with the players which will take place later this morning.Based on the Football Rehab Periodisation developed in the workshop last Wednesday, some coaches develop a ‘quantity’ Football Rehab session.

First practicals of today are the ‘Feyenoord U19 team meeting’ and ‘Football rehab – quantity on game day’. Next is the Feyenoord U19 game against Excelsior Maassluis in the Feyenoord Stadium. Coaches coach and analyze Feyenoord Under 19 during today’s game.

During the coaching staff meeting the members of today’s coaching staff present a summary of the workshop(s) they have coordinated earlier today and evaluate the outcomes.

The last plenary presentation is being given by Former director of the FC Barcelona academy Albert Capellas who shared his knowledge about the methodology of the possession game and his experience with developing some of the best players in the world like Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pique and Busquets.

The Expert Meeting 2016 came to an end with the evaluation of the whole week.

Day 6 – Expert Meeting 2016

The members of today’s coaching staff prepare for the workshops of today.

Coaches develop this afternoon’s tactical training session to prepare Feyenoord U19 for the opponent in tomorrow’s game. During the 2nd workshop coaches analyze and discuss the data of the sleep monitoring which has taken place with the Feyenoord Under 19 players during the training week. Special attention will be paid to the sleep pattern of players after a game and a football conditioning training. They also discuss the application of the principles of ‘Coaching psychological processes during Tactical Training’ within the football context.

Leicester City’s Tactical Analyst Adam Sadler describes the role of the analysis department and it’s processes as a whole. Also, he describes some specific examples of what the analysis department produces and how it feeds the information to the manager and technical staff to impact on the decision making process for tactical training content, team selection, and game plan/strategy.

The morning ends with another two workshops to develop the individual training of players within the team tactical training and a workshop on the biases in unconscious thinking. During the afternoon we visit the training complex of the Feyenoord Academy for two practicals: ‘Feyenoord U19 team meeting‘ and another ‘Football Rehab – quality’ session. After this coaches go to the pitch for 4 practicals to prepare the Feyenoord U19 players for tomorrow’s opponent.

Finally coaches evaluate and watch the EURO2016 games together.

Day 5 – Expert Meeting 2016

After the daily coaching staff meeting today we started with a plenary presentation by prof. Mark Williams on ‘Decision making and the execution of decisions’. The coaches get insight in the latest scientific findings in the area of developing game insight and technique in football.

First workshops today covered: ‘Developing Tactical Training: Playing Style Development’, ‘How to develop self-regulation in players and teams?’ and ‘Application of Implicit Learning in Football Technique Training’. These were followed by an philosophical update about the role of Game Insight within the logical structure of football by Raymond Verheijen.

The afternoon started with another 3 workshops about individual training, self-regulation and Football Braining. The members of today’s coaching staff discuss the outcome of today’s workshops so far and prepare this afternoon’s training sessions.

The practicals with the Feyenoord players start with the delivery of a video presentation to the Feyenoord Under 19 players to prepare them for this afternoon’s team tactical training. At the same time other coaches develop a ‘recovery’ Football Rehab training.

Second part of the practicals cover ‘Playing Style Development’, ‘Individual training within the team training’, ‘Football Rehab – recovery’, ‘Application of self regulatory skills’ and ‘Application of Implicit Learning in Football Technique Training’.

And finally the day ends with a coaching staff evaluation.

Day 4 – Expert Meeting 2016

After the regular coaching staff meeting, Raymond gave a philosophical update with respect to the definition of the four football fitness characteristics. After step-by-step introducing the logical structure of football (communication, decision making, executing decisions and football fitness) in football language in the last decade, Raymond presented the final step in bringing fitness back home to football.

During the first two workshops coaches got an update on the ‘Football Specific Strength Reference’ and develop this afternoon’s Football Conditioning Training based on the team periodisation. In particular the tactical periodisation which was developed in the respective workshops last Wednesday.

FC Krylia Sovetov Samara manager Frank Vercauteren will share his experience of dealing with many Russian external factors in difficult circumstances by applying the principles of Football Periodisation and Football Braining as well as many other principles discussed at previous Expert Meetings.

In the 2nd part of the morning programme coaches delivered a Football Strength Training with the Feyenoord Under 19 players. Furthermore coaches discuss how the principles of Brain Endurance Training can be applied in the football context and continued developing a video presentation based on yesterday’s tactical analysis of Sunday’s opponent.

The afternoon started with 3 workshops: ‘Individual Periodisation within Football Conditioning Training’, ‘Football Rehab Training – quantity’ and ‘Basic Action Training instead of Football Sprints’. These sessions were followed by the coaching staff meeting preparing this afternoon’s training sessions. Coaches split up into 5 practicals with the Feyenoord U19 players.

We finish off with another coaching staff meeting to evaluate the workshops of today.