"Hard work always overcomes natural talent, when natural talent doesn't work hard" - Sir Alex Ferguson

SESSIONS - ELITE SOCCER DEVELOPMENT
 

WABA offers a wide variety of technical, tactical & physical sessions that can be mixed & matched. Choose the sessions that dovetail into your Annual Development Plan or that address specific goals & challenges. WABA's sessions are built around a weekly periodization schedule that match Chicago's top soccer academies & clubs. Sessions are 60, 90, 120 & 150 minutes long with most session starting with a dynamic or plyometric warm-up. They finish with a complementary 15-30 minute balance, strength & conditioning session or myofascial release work. Athletes are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for self directed Ball Calibration™.

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PASS/TOUCH/SHOOT

Super Rondo

Fireball™ 

B-Touch

Boom!™ Finishing 

 

 

SESSION - VIDEOS

PHILOSOPHIES

Experimentation, Creativity & Restraints

Player Development - 8 Sided Model Model

25/50/25 Matrix - Balancing Development Activities

Parents are The Hub

Homeostasis, OTL™, OOCZ™

Kit Promotion Levels

Sequences & Precision - Streatching Mind & Body

ADDITIONAL - VIDEOS

VISITORS

Chicago Fire - President/GM & Technical Director

Reading FC - 1st Team Asst Coach, Marco Mitrovic

Arsenal FC - Academy Coach, Josh Hinckson

Fulham FC - Academy Coach, Oliver Hinckson

Northwestern - Men's Head Coach, Russell Payne

Ladies Steel City FC - Coaches & Team Training

WEEKLY INSPIRE

Monday - Back to Practice

Wednesday - Learn & Books

Friday - Game Ready

TOP-IT™

Top-It™ Skills

Top-It™ Records

Top-It™ Mastery Cards

Top-It™ Training Session

 

FASTTT says it all, the ultimate goal, be the fastest! How fast can you think, react & move. In this breakthrough session foot skill mastery meets top speeds. The idea is to push your speed OTL™ (over the line) of what you can and can't do. If you can you do 11 rollover tap taps in 10 seconds can you push it to 12, 13, oe even 15... Getting OOCZ™ (out of comfort zones) is the key to advancement in all WABA sessions.

FASTTT™ Feet combines interval training for 30 second periods focusing on Form, Accuracy & Style followed by burst anaerobic interval training for 10 second periods, trying to push Tempo OTL™. The final step in FASTTT™ is to measure Time and Touches to track results. This session also combines speed passing and small sided possession games to move your newly acquired speed to game realistic situations.

Duration: 75-Minutes plus Warm-Up & Conditioning

Intensity: 7-9

Instruction: 5 to 10-Minutes

Maximum Athletes: 9

Levels: All

Membership Credits: 8

FASTTT™ FEET

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Eyez-Up™ is a footskills mastery program designed to teach players how to attack and move on ball with their head and "Eyes-Up". The key to this is to become one with the ball, know where it is by touch, repetition & instinct. Our progressive training modules give players confidence and the tools to master Eyez-Up™ with the ultimate challenges of executing blindfolded footskills effortlessly for 60 seconds.

Duration: 75-Minutes plus Warm-Up & ConditioningIntensity: 4-6

Instruction: 10-15%

Maximum Athletes: 9

Levels: Intermediate & Above

Membership Credits: 6

EYEZ-UP™ 

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Some say "Let the game be the teacher", WABA focuses on this belief heavily in the WABA Games played during most sessions. WABA's development philosophy combines skill mastery exercises to quickly learn and master moves with daily games. Cones demand precision ball control movements emulating a defenders foot. By combining the game with high repetition skills work we believe development is supercharged & success in the game is achieved quicker vs. game play alone.

Krazy Kones™ session's combine foot skill work with varying repetitive cone sequences that progress to cone attacking exercises. Freestyle landmine exercises (seen in the video) are the next step taking static exercised to the decision making stage. Ultimately the acquired skills are then transfered to fully opposed decision making situations in attacking & small sided WABA Games.

Duration: 75-Minutes plus Warm-Up & Conditioning

Intensity: 6-8

Instruction: 5-10%

Maximum Athletes: 8

Recommended Levels: All

Membership Credits: 6

KRAZY KONES™

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Fake & Escape™, sounds quite simple but it's not. Deception is one of the most valuable traits a footballer can possess and one of the most artful to execute. This session is filled with highly detailed demonstration & instruction focusing on each & every touch & movement of our 25 F&E attacking skills. Footballers learn to Fake & Escape to shoot, pass & possess the ball. Progressing from learning skills to attacking on a mannequins and culminating with Traffic™ & Fake & Escape™ small sided games. Players focus on being comfortable having personal possession & being creatively deceptive.

Duration: 75-Minutes plus Warm-Up & Conditioning

Intensity: 4-6

Instruction: 15-25%

Maximum Athletes: 8

Levels: All

Membership Credits: 6

FAKE & ESCAPE™

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Attacking, the most critical skill that is needed to score. But it is much more than a skill, that's why we call this session Total Attack™. Combine your foot skills, field awareness, decision making, creative problem solving, deception, confidence, athleticism, & finishing to triumph in 1v1, 2v1 & 1v2, 3, 4, 5 situations. With 100+ attacking sequences per session players get comfortable & confident on the attack in these intense, highly opposed exercises. 

Some experts say street soccer is a missing component in US soccer global success. In Total Attack™ we fabricate street soccer situations with numbers down (underload) attacking games & situation where players are free to experiment & compete. 

Duration: 75-Minutes plus Warm-Up & Conditioning

Intensity: 7-9

Instruction: 5-15%

Maximum Athletes: 6 

Levels: All

Membership Credits: 6

TOTAL ATTACK™

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WABA's Ball Calibration™ sessions are possibly the greatest activity a young footballer can do to move the needle on their technical skills. These sessions teach athletes 15, 30 & 45 minute ball calibration routines that activate the most critical surfaces & movements. Recommended to be done with a dynamic warm-up before every practice & game.

Ball calibration has 3 main goals:

1. Preparedness - be your best at the first whistle

2. Mastery - up to 1200 hours of quality touches

3. Identification - stand out at games, trials & showcases

Session Duration: 60-Minutes

Intensity: 3-4

Instruction: 15-25%

Maximum Athletes: 4

Levels: All

Membership Credits: 6

BALL CALIBRATION™

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Sharpen up your passing & receiving while mastering lightning fast decision making. Learn Barca's famous Tiki-Taka style of possession that they practice 125 annually. Every Super Rondo™ session is intense and competitive with dozens of rondo games rotated weekly. Included in these sessions footballers learn WABA's 10 ways to receive and distribute a ball focusing on body shape, bad pass correction & deceptive problem solving.

Perfect your first touch and speed of play by combing Super Rondo™, Fireball™, B-Touch™ & Whip-It™ Aerial sessions. 

Duration: 75-Minutes plus Warm-Up & Conditioning

Intensity: 5-7

Instruction: 10-15%

Maximum Athletes: 9

Levels: All

Membership Credits: 6

SUPER RONDO™