Play Like Champions DVD Review
5+ Stars, Our Highest Recommendation
Best In-Depth DVD For Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Soccer Moves
A Truly Exceptional Value
For All Coaches And Players Ages 10 and Older
Every Travel Player Should Own This
"PLAY LIKE CHAMPIONS"
Manchester United Official Skill Series
"The Play Like Champions DVD was AWESOME!!!!" -Robert
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Category: Soccer Moves (18 basic, intermediate and advanced moves), Soccer Skills (Passing, Shooting and keeping possession of the ball), and Tips (Defending tips, Free Kicks, Penalty Kicks, scoring on crosses, tips for beating a defender, goalkeeping tips, warming-up tips, the role of the midfielder, and Finishing). Every Travel Player should own this and it's an excellent instructional tool for coaches. You should also check out "All The Right Moves" (which demonstrates 20 moves) and "Gol! (Brazilian Footwork Training)" and "Super Soccer Skills" (moves for beginners and younger players), which are also "Moves" DVD's.
Quick Review: This is probably the most expensive soccer coaching DVD ever produced. It's very, very good and a great deal at this price. It's very entertaining and does the best job we've seen of demonstrating "Soccer Moves" (6 basic moves, 7 intermediate moves and 5 advanced moves). It also demonstrates some good skills and has a lot of excellent tips. Produced by Warner Brothers, the BBC and Manchester United, which is the most popular professional soccer team in the world. This is a long video that has in-depth demonstrations of 15 soccer moves and of 3 other moves (a "Beardsley" move, an easier "Step Over" and a behind the leg move), demonstrates passing, shooting and keeping possession of the ball, and has tips for defending, Free Kicks, Penalty Kicks, scoring on crosses, tips for beating a defender, goalkeeping tips, warming-up tips, the role of the midfielder, and Finishing). The moves are demonstrated by some of the world's top players, the Man. Utd. Youth Development Coach (Coach Rene), and by players who appear to be ages 10-13. It intersperses game clips and the moves are shown in steps and slow motion, and also using computer animation. It also contains a lot of info about Manchester United, interviews, history and a tour of "Old Trafford", the stadium where Man. Utd. plays. This is truly an exceptional value. Every Travel Player should own this and it's an excellent instructional tool for coaches. This is a great video to watch with older players (age 10 and older) or travel team players. The main program ("Play Programme") is 111 minutes, of which about 80 minutes are moves and skills. There is an extra 11 minutes of skills in "Special Features" for a total of about 90 minutes of moves and skills. NOTE: For several of the Moves, such as the "Inside Receive and Turn" (minute 96) and the "Flick Behind" (minute 104), we've included tips in the "Contents" below that will make it easier to teach them to the average player. Also, note the "Beardsley" move at minute 107 and the easier "Step Over" demonstrated by Darren Fletcher in Extra Skills.
Suitable for: All coaches and players age 10 and older. Every Travel Player should own this and it's an excellent instructional tool for coaches.
User Tips: When you first start the DVD, after about 15 seconds the Main Menu comes up:
- You can watch of the Moves without all the extras, by going to the Main Menu and choosing "Select a Scene", and then choosing one of the 4 "Pages" under "Select by Skill". There are 3 to 5 Moves (which they call "Skills") on each Page, all of which can be viewed as an animated "Diagram" and 3 of which can be viewed as a "Time Slice" (which is a slow-motion demonstration of the move). There is a "Loop" choice for each, which continuously repeats the demonstration. If you want a more in-depth demonstration and discussion, go to "Contents" below and go to that part of the DVD. (The contents of "Select by Skill" and a summary of all the moves are listed below).
- The DVD has on-screen subtitles which are very useful because several of the players have accents and can be difficult to understand. At the Main Menu you can turn off the subtitles if you wish.
- On my DVD remote, I could press "Top Menu" at any time to return to the Main Menu.
- "Play Programme" is the main program, which is 111 minutes.
- "Select A Scene" is a very useful feature for navigating the DVD. It allows you to choose from 31 "Scenes" ("Select by Scene") and 4 "Pages" of Moves (under "Select by Skill").
- You can find the "Extra Skills" at "Special Features". The Extra Skills include 3 moves (2 of which are good), a discussion of Free Kicks and Penalty Kicks.
- Rio Ferdinand demonstrates a "Beardsley" move at minute 111 which is very good and easy to teach.
- "Select A Scene". If you want to watch the Moves without all the extras, the best way is to go to the Main Menu and choose "Select a Scene", and then choose one of the 4 "Pages" under "Select by Skill". There are 3 to 5 Moves (which they call "Skills") on each Page, all of which can be viewed as an animated "Diagram" and 3 of which can be viewed as a "Time Slice" (which is a slow-motion demonstration of the move). There is a "Loop" choice for each, which continuously repeats the demonstration. If you want a more in-depth demonstration and discussion, go to "Contents" below and go to that part of the DVD. The moves are listed in the same order they're shown in the main program (the "Step Over" is first and the "Flick Behind" is last). To summarize our opinion regarding the difficulty of the moves (see "Contents" below for more details):
Page 1: Step Over (This is a type of turn that all travel players should learn - intermediate difficulty). Also see an easier Step Over move demonstrated by Darren Fletcher at "Extra Skills" in "Special Features", which is accessed from the main Menu.
Stop Turn (all players should learn this - a basic move)
Inside Hook Turn (all players should learn this - a basic move)
Outside Hook Turn (all players should learn this - a basic move - this is shown at "Diagram" only). Note to Rec Coaches: You can simplify the Inside Hook and Outside Hook Turns by simply having the player use the inside or outside of the foot to "Hook" and stop the ball and then turn by simply using that foot to push or drag the ball. The SoccerHelp "Inside/Outside Figure 8 Dribbling Race" and "Dribble Across A Square" games are ways to teach these.
Page 2: Inside Out (all players should learn this - a basic move). The SoccerHelp "Inside/Outside Figure 8 Dribbling Race" and "Dribble Across A Square" practice games are good ways to practice this.
Cruyff Turn (for all travel players - difficult. NOTE: Also see the excellent demonstration by John O'Shea at "Special Features, Extra Skills").
Drag Back (for all players - a basic move - aka "Pullback")
Page 3: "Matthews" and "Fake Matthews" Moves (These are intermediate moves, but difficult to perfect). The "Fake Matthews" is shown at "Diagram" only.
"Scissors" and "Double Scissors" Moves (For all travel players - the "Scissors" is of intermediate difficulty and the "Double Scissors" is difficult). The "Double Scissors" is shown at "Diagram" only.
Roll Across (This is difficult to perfect)
Page 4: Roller Coaster (This is difficult)
Inside Receive and Turn (This is a very important move for travel players to learn, it involves receiving the ball and turning in one motion. It will be difficult for Rec players unless they are dedicated and good athletes. Tip: The demonstration says to step toward the ball - this isn't mandatory and it will be a lot easier to teach the move without this step - the important thing is to receive the ball and turn in one motion - the player can add the step later. Taught this way it's of intermediate difficulty).
Flick Behind (This is an important move for travel players, including defenders, to learn. Good Rec players can also learn this. Tip: The demonstration says to step toward the ball - this isn't mandatory and makes the move much harder - it will be a lot easier to teach the move without this step - simply let the ball go between the legs and move one foot back to block the ball in the direction to which you want it to go. Taught this way it's of intermediate difficulty).
Minute 107: The "Beardsley" move This is a very good, easy move suitable for all players - check this out. (This is at the end of "Scene 28", which you can access at "Select a Scene" in the Main Menu). Extra Moves: There are 3 moves shown in "Extra Skills", which is in "Special Features, which are accessed from the Main Menu.
- Darren Fletcher demonstrates an easier Step Over move, which is as good as the other Step Over, but easier - check this one out.
- David Bellion demonstrates a behind the leg move which is difficult.
- John O'Shea has an excellent demonstration of the Cruyff Move.
- "Play Programme" (this is the main program and runs 111 minutes)
Minute Topic 00:00 Introduction (this is fun and has great music) 00:40 "Old Trafford" - the Manchester United Stadium 1:05 Sir Alex Ferguson (the coach) 1:30 More intro and why it's important to practice 2:45 Ruud van Nistelrooy introduced (one of the world's best scorers) - game footage shown 3:35 Coach Rene Meulensteen (the Youth Development Coach) is introduced 3:50 Coach Rene demonstrates the "Step Over" move, which is then practiced by youth players. This is a way to turn that travel players should learn, but will be difficult for many Rec players - it isn't a move Rec coaches should worry about. (Excellent demonstration - you can see the demonstrations on a "Loop" and also a computer enhanced version by going to "Select A Scene", then to "Select By Skill", see a list below). Also see an easier Step Over move demonstrated by Darren Fletcher at "Extra Skills" in "Special Features", which is accessed from the Main Menu. 7:00 Ruud discusses and demonstrates the "Step Over" - this is a very good move that most intermediate players can do and that all travel players should try 8:39 Christiano Ronaldo demonstrates fast feet and changing speed and direction 11:05 Gary Neville is introduced 11:50 Coach Rene and the youth players demonstrate the "Stop Turn" move.