In the late 1970s, Dutch European Championship winning coach Wiel Coerver led a revolution in soccer coaching. He was dissatisfied with the lack of individual skills and emphasis on defensive play in the professional game; an emphasis that many thought, was stifling the more exciting, attacking style of play necessary to score goals and attract fans.
Triangle training method / Mannequin training
Penn State Men's Soccer Coach Bob Warming has been using mannequin training to develop successful players and teams for years. "Substituting mannequins with The Training Triangles has solved the portability, storage, transportation and other issues we've experienced while using full sized mannequins to train pattern play for the last 8 years" states Warming. But the PSU Head Coach isn't the only one beginning to seek a solution to the numerous issues with mannequins, as the list of Men's and Women's College, Club, and High School teams now using The Training Triangle is rapidly growing. Coaches can now easily implement mannequin training with their teams, without needing to haul full sized mannequins from a storage facility to the field everyday.
The approach at the heart of the CogiTraining Method is one of humility and openness since it amounts, initially, to asking the question, quite simply: how can we best learn a teamgame (in this case, football) by designing training based on what we actually know at the present time, scientifically, about how the human brain works and learns. It is thus a question of building right into every training exercise the discoveries made in the field of neurology (the medical science which, without doubt, has made most progress over the last 15 years) regarding the way in which the human brain learns.