The Golden Keys: the 3 Skills Only the Greatest Players All Know and Use
Golden Key #1:
Anyone who’s played any sport for any length of time has had “perfect moments”: i.e., moments when you do something exactly right. Just like the Greatest Players do almost every touch.
In soccer, it could be a shot on goal, a pass to a teammate, a simple touch that leaves a defender completely beaten, a great “reflex” save by a goalkeeper.
Each of these “perfect moments” has one thing in common: even before you struck or touched the ball, you felt perfect balance, saw the flight of the ball to the target, and the ball did exactly what you “saw” it would do.
You weren’t imagining or "visualizing" all that, you were looking at all that. In other words, You Weren’t Looking At Just the Ball!
This the key to unlocking our sense of movement of our body relative to everything else around us. It based on medical science, specifically the arrangement of the photosensitive cells in the eye, and is Golden Key #1 for unlocking how the GOATs play at that level. Tthey "Never Look At Just the Ball”.
I have developed a simple demonstration of the power of this scientific fact. I take the "weakest foot" in any group of players, make it so they can’t look at just the ball, and they will then show perfect accuracy, touch and technique within 4 touches of the ball using that weakest foot!
Unless they already have perfect technique on almost every touch of the ball (ala Messi, Pele, Maradona, etc.), this same demonstration can be used with highly skilled players as well. The effect is the same, just more evident and easier to see with lesser skilled players.
Golden Keys #2 & #3:
These two skills are usually mentioned in various coaching curricula, but they are never emphasized enough, or trained properly.
FIrst of all, these skills both absolutely depend on Golden Key #1 (i.e., Never Look At Just the Ball) to be performed correctly to full effect.
You need to see them presented properly to truly understand them. Come learn from the Best Soccer Coach in Western NY.
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The Following Video and Clinic Pics
The following are a video and pictures of previous team and clinic players with parent comments.
Following that are pictures of the trophy plaque for 2nd place (Runner Up) in the Syracuse Premier Tournament, and the Heron's team with their 1st Place Plaques for Division 1 teams in the 2005 Irondequoit Spring Tournament I referenced in My Background Page.
Dr. A.W. (Fred) Lucas, Jr.
RDYSL U-10's v. Israeli Men's National Team Keeper
That video shows players on an RDYSL 3rd Division U-10 team I had been training for 6 months at this point in time. They are taking kicks from the penalty spot against an Israeli Men's National Team goalkeeper at half-time during that team's game against the Rhinos at Frontier Field (year 1999), the same year the Rhino's won the US Open Cup. That Israeli team beat the Rhinos 3:1.
Note: the Israeli keeper is 6'3" tall, and is standing 5-6 feet into the field while these shots are taken. My players (the green and white uniforms) scored 8 out of 12 shots taken.
The Golden Keys affect all skills, including and especially shooting.