The Dutch Touch - Coaching tips from Terry Michler
DUTCH VISION - A method designed to teach the youth in a better way

1. My History With Dutch Soccer
  • 1974 Clockwork Orange
  • 1997 Coaching Symposium (10 days)
  • Jan Pruijn
  • Dutch Touch
2. Characteristics of Dutch Vision (small-sided games)
Enjoyment – when players are motivated to practice, they will learn more from it.
Many Repetitions – practice, practice and practice again – do it over and over
Good Coaching - requires a lot of knowledge and understanding of the game
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3. Soccer Behavior
When a player interacts with the elements of soccer
Ball, field, boundaries, rules, teammates, opponents, goals

4. Mentality, Detail, Quality
Mentality -- the mindset, a way of thinking - the mental approach to what you are doing
Detail -- the close observation and attention given to what is actually being done, to particular parts that make up the whole
Quality -- an essential characteristic, a degree of excellence, or a distinguishing attribute that a player possesses that identifies him as special

5. Characteristics of Dutch Vision
Ball Control (technical abilities) and Game Intelligence -- basis of selection process
Player performance is more important than team results
Always train with a specific objective – train with real-soccer situations
Observe the game and then devise a training session to correct problems
Use technique (skill) to solve soccer problems
Training should focus on solving soccer problems through the use of skill
Currently about 125 Dutch coaches are working with a Dutch professional license outside of Holland


Just think about it … sounds weird What’s missing ????
1. What is soccer?
A game played between 2 teams, using the elements of soccer, whereby one team tries to outscore the other team………………. The game is played between two goals ... The ball and the goals determine everything !!
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2. Soccer Behavior
When a player interacts with the elements of soccer ... Ball, field (with boundaries), rules, players and goals

3. "Dry Swimming"
When you eliminate some of the elements of soccer from your training... Like swimming without the water !!!

4. Three Main Moments
Ball Possession
Opponent with ball possession
Transition – changing of ball possession


The term coaching is generally used to mean “all the advice and guidance from the coach that lead to an improvement in training and competition. With regard to soccer, “coaching is the soccer-specific guidance of the player in competition, based on the data and impressions gained in training”. The learning process of coaching in Dutch Youth Soccer is divided into 5 sections:
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First section
Knowledge and intelligence in soccer The coach should know himself and how he reacts in certain situations.

Second section
Being able to read a soccer match During the match, the coaching emphasis should be on game observation. From that observation of game situations, a training plan is devised to help solve the soccer problems.

Third section
Objectives The youth coach should set himself objectives so that he can “drive forward” the further development of his players.

Fourth section
The setting of priorities Before the start of the season, the youth coach should formulate his development-specific objectives for his team and the individual players. Depending on the playing and developmental level, he then proceeds to his training program, addressing the most pressing needs first.

Fifth section
Making plans

Play Like The Dutch

1. Lot of Combination Play Passing, Support (triangles and diamonds), Passing with High Ball Speed, Communication (spoken and unspoken) between passer and receiver, Play in the Right Moment
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2. Good Positional Play Field occupation (width and depth), space and spacing, switching the point of attack, Making the field big when in possession and collapsing when in defense.

3. Good Individuality With a Lot of Creativity 1 vs 1 to break down the numbers game and create a numbers up situation, especially in and around the penalty area

4. Technical Mastery Ball skills to solve soccer problems, high skill level under pressure, keep the ball in the team and not give it away