Systems Football: Part Four
Ajax / Barcelona FC / Football Philosophy / Football Theory / Tiki-Taka Football / Total Football

Systems Football: Part Four

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW Part four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against a team who sits deep and hits you on the counter attack (Chelsea v Barcelona 2012) and proposes a few practical solutions. This is a scenario that occurs more and more frequently in … Continue reading

Systems Football: Part Three
Barcelona FC / Football Philosophy / Football Theory / Pep Guardiola / Tiki-Taka Football

Systems Football: Part Three

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW In both approaches of totaal-voetbal and tiki-taka, it is likely that the possession statistics will be balanced in your favour; therefore, the way in which you think about defending needs to be altered. This article will cover three aspects of defensive thinking in a system’s approach: … Continue reading

Systems Football: Part Two
Ajax / Football Theory / Johan Cruyff / Rinus Michels / Total Football

Systems Football: Part Two

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW There are several overarching themes found in the array of approaches to systems football: the concept of spatial zones, player duties, practical space creation, positional relations and flexibility Brendan Rodgers explained that his approach uses eight different horizontal zones across the field and he thinks about … Continue reading

Systems Football: Part One
Ajax / Barcelona FC / Football Theory / Total Football

Systems Football: Part One

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW In your search in fathoming the secrets of how to coach or play ‘systems football’, you’ll need to not only question everything you read here but everything you already know about tactical approaches in football – never assume you know all there is to know. Forget … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers / Football Coaching / Football Philosophy / Liverpool FC / Tiki-Taka Football

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers’ career has finally come under the spotlight as a Premier League manager. Throughout his coaching career Brendan Rodgers has taken his philosophy with him from Chelsea, Watford, Reading to Swansea and Liverpool. While his philosophy has received much attention, little has been paid to the way in which Rodgers develops his philosophy, until … Continue reading

Systems Football Series
Ajax / Barcelona FC / Football Philosophy / Football Theory / Johan Cruyff / Rinus Michels / Tiki-Taka Football / Total Football

Systems Football Series

This is a four-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka, total football et al). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity. In all cases the coaches role is to understand and explain … Continue reading