GOL! (Brazilian Soccer Foot Skills) DVD Review
5+ Stars, Our Highest Recommendation
Most Fun and Inspirational DVD
DVD That Will Most Inspire Players to Practice Foot Skills, Ball Control and Moves
Best Gift to a Soccer Player
A Truly Exceptional Value
For Experienced Players Ages 9 and Older and Coaches
Every Serious Player and Coach Should Own This
"Gol!" (Brazilian Soccer Foot Skills and Ball Control Training Program)
85 Minutes Main Program
Region 1 DVD - Only plays in North American DVD players.
"I just watched Gol! Last night. The footwork and dribbling are utterly jaw-dropping! Great video, produced extremely well." Coach Bruce
"I am a High School Coach and I love your videos. Yesterday I showed our teams the GOL video on the bus on the way home. My goalies now want to see more videos. Thanks." Coach John, CA, USA
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Category: Soccer moves, footwork, dribbling, ball control, beating defenders, passing, receiving and juggling training program.
Summary and who it is suitable for: This is our favorite footwork/moves/ball control video for experienced players age 9 and older and coaches of those players. However, the "Super Soccer Skills" DVD is still better for beginners and players ages 7 and 8. Every Travel, School Player and Coach should own this, as well as every Recreational player age 9 or older who wants to improve footwork or ball control. Every coach at any level will get good training and warm-up ideas from this DVD, and players will be motivated by watching it. It is really fun, eye-opening and entertaining.
Review: This is the most fun soccer coaching DVD I've ever watched and the best to inspire players to practice to improve ball control, foot skills and moves. I can watch it over and over and every time it thrills me, inspires me and makes me realize why I love soccer and why it's called the "beautiful game". Every coach at any level will get good training and warm-up ideas from this DVD. It is the most fun DVD to watch with players and everyone will enjoy it - coaches, players and parents. It will inspire anyone who watches it - both you and the players will want to get a ball and start practicing. It teaches fun and creativity. It shows Simon Clifford, an Englishman, training English boys using a Brazilian style of training. Clifford went to Brazil, studied their training, and developed this training program. He is a very articulate, insightful guy and an excellent teacher. He says the emphasis in youth soccer should be on skill development and fun, and we agree. This DVD proves that a player doesn't have to be a great athlete to become a great ballhandler. This is a very high quality training DVD that is fun and a truly exceptional value. Players will be motivated by watching this DVD and you can watch it many times and not get bored. Much of the training it presents can be practiced indoors or even in your home (a lot of it is footwork). It shows a training program for improving foot skills using all areas of the foot and all legal parts of the body (thighs, chest, head and shoulders). The instructor is Simon Clifford, founder of the Brazilian Football Academy and Brazilian Soccer Schools, and a consultant to the film "Bend It Like Beckham". Clifford has excellent teaching skills and is charismatic. Over 150,000 youth in England, Australia and the U.S. now use this training program and it is changing English soccer. Michael Owen and other famous players have studied this program. The program is based on the training methods used in Brazil, and the Brazilians are thought of as having the best footwork, creativity and ball control in the world. Coaches can use the training program presented to train their players. The main program is 85 minutes and there are also Bonus features. The organization and navigation of the DVD is excellent. We highly recommend this DVD. This training approach can lead to creative, spectacular, breath-taking play, as you will see in minute 43 of the DVD. This DVD proves that a player who practices a lot can become good, even if he or she isn't a great athlete. If you watch this, you will see that the "moves" go far beyond what you see in most American soccer. This video complements the SoccerHelp Practice Games and is consistent with the Soccerhelp Program.
Simon Clifford: Simon Clifford is the founder of the Brazilian Football Academy and Brazilian Soccer Schools. He was a consultant to the film "Bend It Like Beckham" and over 150,000 youth in England, Australia and the U.S. now use his training program. This training program is changing English soccer and Michael Owen and other famous players have trained with Clifford. The program is based on the training methods used in Brazil, and the Brazilians are thought of as having the best footwork, creativity and ball control in the world. Clifford is an excellent, charismatic teacher. In 2002, a U-14 team from his Chapeltown school beat the U-14 Scottish National Team. Clifford argues that the emphasis in youth soccer should be on skill development and fun-- we agree.
User Tips: The organization is excellent. There is Menu, submenu and Chapter organization and the DVD is very easy to navigate:
- Go to the Main Menu to choose "Coaching Sessions" (85 minutes).
Overview of Contents:
- "Coaching Sessions" (this is the training session and runs 85 minutes)
- Bonus: "Mr. Woo's Workout" (NOTE: This part doesn't play properly on some DVD players. Consider it a bonus if it works.)
- Bonus: "Special Features"
Detailed Index of Contents:
- Coaching Sessions:
Minute Topic 00:00 Part 1. Introduction- Simon Clifford: Simon Clifford is the founder of the Brazilian Football Academy and Brazilian Soccer Schools and did the soccer training for the "Bend it Like Beckham" movie. His program now has over 150,000 students and is in over 400 soccer schools 1:16 Part 2. Footwork, Moves, and Controlling the Ball- Basic moves (This is called the "Foundation" and can be done inside the house) 3:13 Using the sole of the foot -- A basic training move using the sole of the foot to move the ball (can be done inside) 4:35 "Stepping Out" (what we call "Tap on Top") - This can be done inside the house 6:30 "Step + Cross Over". Tap on Top and a behind the leg touch (this is difficult) 7:45 Step Over Push Out" - This is very difficult 9:20 The Ronaldo 12:20 The Emerson 13:30 Part 3. The boys favorite footwork exercises (a variety of fast feet exercises are shown). This is fun to watch. 23:30 Part 4. Juggling using the outside of the feet 25:50 Juggling using the inside of the foot. 27:20 Combined Juggling 29:00 Low-High Juggling 32:00 Low-High with Spin 33:40 35:22 Using your Chest 36:45 Using your Shoulder 38:00 Thighs, Shoulder, Head 39:35 Part 5. Freestyle. Watch this - it is amazing. 43:07 Part 6. Possession soccer (examples of how the moves can be used in a game - this is fun to watch) 46:53 Part 7. Passing and Receiving (this emphasizes the importance of practicing short passes, like our "Passing Pairs" game) 49:05 3 Meter Passes - Very good, like our Passing Pairs game. 49:52 Using the Sole of the Foot - This is Good 51:51 The Slam Over - a deceptive reception 52:32 Coventional Passing/Receiving (English style) 54:02 Controlling a High Ball 54:40 Adding Disguise When Receiving a Pass 55:47 Passing using the outside of the foot 57:08 Using the Ronaldo move to beat the opponent 58:52 Juggle passes 60:30 Part 8. Controlling the ball in the air 60:50 Returning the ball using the inside of foot (This is Good. Like our "Volleying Pairs" game on Premium) 61:30 Controlling Spin 62:42 Controlling Balls at varying angles, speeds and spins 63:48 Returning the ball using outside of foot 64:20 Controlling the ball with thigh, head and chest 66:30 Passing with your head 67:39 Passing a bouncing ball (this is very good) 70:35 Controlling the ball while on the ground 72:10 Part 9. Ways to lift the ball from the ground (19 ways to use the feet to lift the ball from the ground into the air. These are amazing). 74:25 Part 10. Striking the ball 74:30 Using Backspin on passes (Excellent demonstration) 76:16 Using the inside of the foot to strike the ball and curve it (Excellent demonstration, the best we've seen) 80:00 Using outside of foot to strike the ball and curve it (Excellent demonstration, the best we've seen) 83:10 Part 11. Beating your opponent (1 v. 1 moves). Watch these, they are fun. 85:30 Part 12. Credits and End