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“Football is simple. But playing football simply is the hardest thing to do.” – Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff knew a thing or two about football. He was, of course, part of the legendary Dutch national team in the 1970’s for whom journalists’ coined the term “Total Football”. But they never won a trophy.

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as also manager of Barcelona when they won their first ever European Cup (Champions League) playing beautiful football. He led a team of highly talented players including one Josep Guardiola Sala – another coach known for his ‘style’ of play.

We could also mention José Mourinho, a tremendously successful coach famed for “Parking the Bus” and “Anti-football”.

If there is anything that we have learnt over the decades of the beautiful game, it is that in football, there is no right and no wrong; there is only opinion.

Football is the world’s favourite game because it is so intricate. There are so many different parts to football, so many different ways of playing, so many opinions and everyone wants to be right.

As coaches, we need to be able to see through the mist of tabloid terminology, through the sea of opinion and into the detail of the game, to make our own judgements and to create our own Game Model – our view of the game and how it should/can/will be played by the teams and players that we coach.

Your Game Model is the foundation of everything you decide to do as a coach. It should define how you coach, how you design session plans, how you periodise training programmes, how you identify, recruit and develop players, how you build a pathway from youth to the first team and how you communicate with those around you.

You need a Game Model to reflect upon in moments of ‘success’ and moments of ‘failure’.

Your Game Model should be the cornerstone of your learning.


On this course, you will learn:

  1. What is a Game Model and why it is important
  2. The basic fundamentals you need to consider when building your Game Model
  3. How to build your first Game Model
  4. How to adapt your Game Model for Youth Development

Course Content

The course includes six modules with different topics and it is designed to take you on a journey from basic concepts to more detailed information. Delivered fully online, the course enables you to learn at your own pace and at a time that suits you. A progress bar shows you how much of each module you have completed and module assessments show whether you are on track with your learning. There is a final assessment and upon completion, you will earn 60 points and the Pro7 Soccer Level 1 in Understanding Game Models certificate.

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You can sign up now! 

The first module has been released and the following five modules will be released weekly until all six modules are available. You can start the course at any time and after six weeks, you will have access to every module at any time and for the lifetime of your membership with Pro7 Soccer.


Need more information?

If you are still unsure whether this course is right for you, we suggest watching our Webinar: Understanding a Game Model and how to develop one. The webinar is free to view and will give you a very good introduction to Game Models. As explained in the webinar, this course is a big upgrade on the webinar and will take your learning to the next level.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

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