Pillars of the Game is a short video series that we created for Soccer Specific Training, a New Jersey based youth soccer development program. Highlighting some of the most important aspects of a young soccer player's development, we created three videos, each focusing on a single aspect of the game - technique, fitness, and tactics. The series features a New Jersey based U-18 soccer team that trains with Soccer Specific Training.
"If you're going to play at a high level, you need to be able to move the ball quickly and confidently with your first touch. In training we try to put the players in an environment where they're comfortable playing with speed and playing under pressure. So if you put them in that situation enough times, on game day, it just comes naturally." — Coach Michael Turtle
"Tactical awareness is an essential part of performing at a high level. In order to find success as a team, each player needs to know their role at any given moment in the game. In training, we help players recognize various situations within play so when those situations arise on game day, they know exactly what to do." — Coach Michael Turtle
The titles for this project were inspired by the drills and movement that defines each pillar.
"Fitness can be the difference between winning and losing a match. You can be the most skilled player on the pitch, but if you're not working on strength, speed, and stamina, you won't be competitive. You have to build and maintain a high level of fitness so that when it comes time to perform on the pitch, you can do your job without worrying if your body will keep up." — Coach Michael Turtle