Coerver Method or the Coerver Coaching Technique is a football coaching
technique created by Wiel Coerver.
By analysing videotapes of various great players including Pelé, Wiel
Coerver, Dutch coach of the 1970s, fragmented the vision and moves of his
players and devised a new concept in football which advocates that skill
could not only be inherent with the young players but could also be passed
onto in a comprehensive academic way.
Under this technique, players progress in a structured manner, pyramidal,
from basics of ball mastery to a tactically driven group attack. They
would be exposed to the other essentials like Receiving and Passing, Moves
(1v1), Speed and Lethal Finishing.
The 1 v. 1 moves learned in the Coerver Method are more generically known
to football players as "Coerver moves." Examples of these include the
scissors, double scissors, Rivelino move or step over, Matthews move,
Puskás move or v-move, Maradona move or 360, Cruyff move, Scotch move, and
Elastico. These moves are used to provide misdirection to get the defender
leaning one direction, so that you can dribble past him.
The central theme of all Coerver® Coaching concentrates on the improvement
of both individual skills and small team group play, especially in the 6 -
14 age group. Coerver® Coaching believes that the game is made up of a
series of movements and plays involving a small number of players (1v1,
2v2, 3v3 etc.) in different parts of the field. It is when they are linked
together, or broken up defensively, that these small group plays make up a
game of football.
Coerver® Coaching concludes that ultimately any system of team play is
only as good as the players involved. It therefore focuses on individual
development both alone and in the context of small group team play.1
Here are three example manoeuvres to get you
Named after one
of the most influential wingers in football, Stanley Matthews, who was
pivotal in establishing wing play as a vital part of attacking. The
Matthews move is today a fundamental weapon in any winger’s arsenal:
When facing a defender, push the ball
slightly forward to his standing foot.
Then instantly flick it horizontally down
the wing and, as he’s wrong-footed, use your speed to waltz past him.