England Skills Uncovered DVD Review
5+ Stars, Our Highest Recommendation
An Excellent Soccer Skills DVD
For Coaches of U-8 & Older, and Players U-10 & Older
"England Skills Uncovered"
The Football Association (English Soccer)
88 Minutes Total
This will play in any DVD player worldwide.
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Main Topics on This Video: 19 skills are demonstrated by professional players such as David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen and explained by commentary and graphics, including turning, dribbling, running with the ball (aka speed dribbling), one-touch passing, combination play, forward runs in front of the ball, helping the player behind the ball, scoring goals, long range shots, quick shots in the box, beating the goalkeeper, headers from crosses, free kicks, penalty kicks, defending, pressuring the ball, marking and turning and winning the ball. Among the players on this DVD are David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Teddy Shearingham, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Gascoigne (watch his dribbling), Gary Lineker (a great player), David Platt, Bryan Robson (a great midfielder), David Seaman (a great goalkeeper), and Alan Shearer (one of the best scorers ever). Produced by the English Football Association. An Excellent Soccer Skills DVD For Coaches of U-8 & Older, and Players U-10 & Older. A very well-done, entertaining and educational DVD. You should also read a reviews of "Coerver Play Great Soccer 2-DVD Set", "Soccer Success One on One" and if you are a girl's coach or player "Mia Hamm's Soccer Secrets".
Review and who it is suitable for: This DVD is excellent for all coaches of U-8 and older and all intermediate and advanced players U-10 and older. It explains and demonstrates 19 skills and gives many excellent coaching and playing tips. The skills are demonstrated by film clips from games by The England national Team, from The England U-20 team and 3D computer graphics. This is both very entertaining and educational. We highly recommend this DVD. Clips are shown from both mens and women's games.
Navigation and User Tips: England Skills Uncovered chapter selection comes up first. There are 5 chapters: Play Program, Core Skills, Players Files, top Ten Goals and Top Ten Saves. Under "Core Skills", 10 skills are listed on the first page and if you click more, there are 9 more, for a total of 19 skills. The 19 skills shown are listed under Contents in this review. "Player Files" show game highlights of great English players: Nicky Butt, Paul Gascoigne (watch his dribbling), Gary Lineker (a great player), David Platt, Bryan Robson (a great midfielder), David Seaman (a great goalkeeper), and Alan Shearer (a great striker and the leading scorer in English Premier League history with 250 goals as of 4/15/05, versus 175 for Andy Cole, the second leading scorer and 152 for Robbie Fowler in 3rd place). Top Ten Goals shows 10 great goals (keep in mind that Great Goals are not typical goals and I wouldn't even show them to my players, because they can give the wrong impression about what you want. Most of these goals are long shots which you don't want to encourage). Top Ten Saves shows great saves by David Seaman, Nigel Martyn and David James.
Overview of Contents:
- Main Program (Click Play Program for this). It is 68:40 minutes.
- Player Files which shows highlight film of 7 players as listed below in the Detailed Index. It is 9:55 minutes.
- Top Ten Goals is 5:00 minutes.
- Top Ten Saves is 4:50 minutes.
Detailed Index of Contents:
A. Coaching Sessions
|1:20||Why practice is important.|
|2:08||Michael Owen discusses practice|
|2:50||Sven Goran Eriksson, England National Team Coach, discusses the qualities he looks for.|
|3:50||Make practice fun. David Beckham highlights.|
|5:20||19 skills are demonstrated:|
|5:23||Turning (Turning is a key skill. Teach a Pullback and Inside and Outside of foot hook turns).|
|6:47||Tips: Attackers should know where the defender is, shield the ball away from the defender, disguise their intentions, and then turn quickly into the space available, with a change of pace (i.e., speed up).|
|8:32||Dribbling (Dribbling is perhaps the most important skill. See Dribbling-How To Teach, on SoccerHelp. The SoccerHelp Dribble Across A Square game is the best way to teach dribbling).|
|11:10||Danny Murphy discusses dribbling|
|11:45||Trevor Sinclair discusses dribbling.|
|12:45||Tip: Dribble and shoot when inside the Penalty Box.|
|13:05||Running with the Ball (aka "Speed Dribbling")
Tip: Learn to Speed Dribble without looking down.
Tip: Kick the ball out in front so you can look up
Tip: Assess where there is space to run into, and attack this space with speed. (The Dribble Across A Square game can teach Speed Dribbling by making the square larger ).
|14:50||One-Touch Passing (This is very important, especially for Select and School players.|
|16:42||The qualities of a good pass.|
|18:00||The importance of "vision"|
|18:40||Tips: Disguise your pass. Accuracy is vital.|
|19:20||Combination Play. This includes play off the ball. Small-sided games are recommended. Combination play means several attackers working together.|
|23:35||Forward Runs In Front of the Ball. Excellent film clips.|
|27:35||Providing Support Behind the Ball for the Player With the Ball. The purpose of support behind the ball.|
|28:35||Scoring Goals. Michael Owen spotlighted.|
|30:18||Long Range Shots.
Tip: Stress Accuracy and good form, not power. Its better have the keeper stop the ball than to miss the goal. One comment we disagree with: They say to encourage players to take long shots, but if a team takes only long shots, they are unlikely to score and stop trying to work for a good shot.
Tip: Keep shots low, a shoot over the top of the goal has no chance of a rebound.
Tip: From the side, shoot toward the far post; you are more likely to get a rebound.
Tip: Kick thru the top half of the ball, to keep the ball low.
|34:07||Quick shots in the Box.
Tip: Keep your eye on the ball, react quickly, take a short backswing and use a one-touch shot.
Tip: If your shoulders finish up facing the goal, then that's the direction the ball will go in.
|38:47||Wayne Rooney is spotlighted.|
Tip: Strike thru the middle or top half of the ball. Keep your eye on the ball and your head still when striking the ball. Concentrate on making good contact.
|42:15||Beating The Goalkeeper When Clear Of Defense
Tip: when in shooting distance, decide whether to chip over the Keeper or to try to dribble around the Keeper. This is excellent.
Tip: Try to pass the ball into the goal.
|46:35||Headers From Crosses.
Tip: Get your shoulders facing the goal. Head thru the top half of the ball. Play the cross as early and quickly as possible. Cross early, arrive late. At high levels, one-third of all goals are scored from crosses.
Tip: The best strategy is to be simple: See where the Keeper is and shoot for the empty space. Put your players in front of the goal to block the Keepers view. David Beckham and Alan Shearer are spotlighted.
|55:19||Penalty Kicks. David Beckham and Teddy Shearingham are shown. Excellent tips: Keep your head still and dont look up until the ball is in the net.|
|58:40||Defending. Gary Neville a Fullback is spotlighted.|
|1:00:18||Pressuring the Ball (Winning the ball back). Excellent film and explanation.|
|1:03:00||Marking and Tracking|
|1:04:05||Winning the Ball. Tip: Play hard in practice and encourage winning the ball. Tip: If you're beaten, hustle to get "goal side". Tip: Watch the ball, not the dribbler.|
|1:08:40||End of Core Skills|
|00:00||"Player Files" Bonus Feature (highlight clips)|
|1:30||Paul Gascoigne (watch his dribbling)|
|3:01||Gary Lineker (a great scorer)|
|5:30||Bryan Robson (a great Midfielder)|
|6:55||David Seaman (a great Goalkeeper)|
|8:29||Alan shearer (a great striker and the leading scorer in English Premier League history with 250 goals as of 4/15/05, versus 175 for Andy Cole who is second and 152 for Robbie Fowler who is third, Shearer is tough, positions well and plays great with his back to the goal|
|9:55||End of Player Files|
|0:00||Top Ten Goals Bonus Feature (Note: The Great Goals shown are not typical goals and I wouldn't show them to my players because they give the wrong impression about what you want. Most of these goals are long shots which you don't want to encourage).|
|5:00||End of Top Ten Goals|
|0:00||Top Ten Saves Bonus Feature (Great saves by David Seaman, Nigel Martyn and David James)|
|4:50||End of Top Ten Saves|