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Title: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: sylvain on December 09, 2014, 02:47:26 PM
The FA unveiled its England DNA philosophy at St. George’s Park with the ultimate aim of creating winning England teams.

England Under-21s head coach Gareth Southgate, director of elite development Dan Ashworth and head of player and coach development Matt Crocker presented the new plans for the future of English football.

The announcement kicked off a big few days at the national football centre as the DNA will be launched to 1,500 coaches attending the three-day FA Licensed Coaches Club and Talent ID conferences. 
Matt Crocker and Gareth Southgate

Matt Crocker and Gareth Southgate at the DNA launch

Aimed at England’s youth teams from U15s through to Men’s Under-21s and Women’s Under-23s, the England DNA is the start point for The FA’s approach to elite player development.

The framework consists of five elements. The first, ‘who we are’, is about instilling pride in representing England and understanding the heritage of the Three Lions past and present.

‘How we play’ focuses on the playing style and philosophy, aimed at building possession domination, but also looking at teams without the ball and the transition between. The ability for teams to adapt and be flexible is also a target.

‘The future England player’ is about developing players with outstanding technical and tactical abilities as well as physical attributes and psychological and social characteristics. They are known as the four corners of The FA Development model.

‘How we coach’ looks at the way players are developed so there is a consistent approach to coaching across all the England teams and that training sessions are well-planned, delivered and reviewed.

‘How we support’ is about how players’ performance is backed up by analysis, sports medicine, psychology and nutrition.
Danny Ings celebrates with Tom Ince

England DNA is aimed at men's and women's development teams

The plan is to also produce a version of the DNA adapted for grassroots players and coaches,  building on The Future Game book and coaching sessions.

The England DNA: Core elements

1 Who we are

English football has a rich football heritage and history which we want all England players to be aware and respectful of.

Before arriving at St. George’s Park the players will understand what is required to represent England – and an induction process will be shared with the players so they understand the ‘England way’.

Establishing a distinct and recognisable on and the off-field England culture, based on clear values and beliefs, is central to our DNA.

The backstories of players in the England setup are wide and varied with many players of multicultural background in our teams. The diversity of our England players is to be celebrated.

The process of awarding caps is going to be formalised across all age groups to help instil a better sense of pride and understanding in what it takes to become an England player.

Young England players will be exposed to a comprehensive and varied games programme as early as possible in their international career. Fixtures will take place against teams from around the world.

2 How we play

How England development teams play will be the strongest demonstration of the England DNA.

England teams aim to intelligently dominate possession selecting the right moments to progress the play and penetrate the opposition.

England teams aim to regain possession intelligently and as early and as efficiently as possible. All aspects of the out-of-possession philosophy will take into consideration the state of the game, the environment and pre-determined  game-plan.

England teams sense changing moments in the game both in and out of possession reacting instinctively and intelligently.

England development teams will play with tactical flexibility, influenced by the profile of the players and the requirements of the match or competition

3 The future England Player

The core attributes and characteristics of the future England player, in all four corners of The FA player development model, are detailed and supported by eight position specific profiles: goalkeeper, full-back, central defence, defensive central midfield, central midfield, wide midfield, shadow striker, centre forward.

We hope to identify and develop future England players with the following core attributes and skills:

    Future England players will have the ability to create, score and prevent goals through excellence in: passing over varying distances, receiving skills, turning skills, travelling with the ball, attacking and defending skills, finishing skills, aerial ability.
    Future England players will be equipped with the skills, abilities and decision-making capability to tactically manage international games. We aim to produce England players who can: recognise and adapt to the state of the game, achieve winning performances by maximising strengths and exploiting weaknesses, understand and apply individual, unit and team roles and responsibilities, adopt varied playing styles and formations, perform effectively against varied playing styles and formations, deal with varied environmental conditions.
    We aim to develop future England players who possess outstanding physical and athletic skills in the following areas: agility, balance, coordination, speed and speed endurance, endurance, flexibility, power, strength, physical resilience, recovery, nutrition and lifestyle.
    We aim to develop reflective, resourceful and resilient England players who display outstanding confidence, creativity, concentration, communication, control, commitment.
    Through the England experience we will help players develop the following outstanding social skills that are in line with our code of conduct - which has been in place for several years: behaviour, reflection, teamwork, relationships, accountability, responsibility, Independence, life-skills and player education

4 How we coach

All England training sessions are meticulously planned for and delivered using the England DNA Coaching Fundamentals. Crucially, every training session will be reviewed in order to review future coaching sessions.

All England training sessions are built on the following core principles:

    Use a positive and enthusiastic manner with players at all times
    Deliver realistic game-related practices
    Use games whenever possible in training
    Develop practices that enable the players to make lots of decisions
    Connect with the group before the session outlining the aims, objectives and learning outcomes
    All sessions should follow The FA Learning cycle (Plan-Do-Review). This is a coaching cycle that ensures players are aware before, during and after the session as to what is required
    Value and work equally across the FA four-corner model
    Spend equal time delivering, planning and reviewing
    Include elements of transition in all practices and sessions where possible
    Use a carousel approach in sessions so different practices are organised beforehand to allow players to maximise playing time in training
    Use varied coaching styles based on the needs of the group
    All sessions will ensure 70 per cent ball-rolling time

5 How we support the process

All aspects of a player’s England experience are supported by a range of specialist medical, scientific, analytical and psychological disciplines to enhance the coaching process, player and team performance.

These include: performance analysis, sports medicine and physiotherapy, performance psychology, physical performance and nutrition.

Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: Mackem Steve on December 09, 2014, 04:43:22 PM
Are they going to use advanced science techniques to see if there's any good women's footballers form Germany, USA, France or Sweden that might have a bit English DNA in them?  ;D
Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: sylvain on December 09, 2014, 04:49:53 PM
England are leading the way in term of sport science in women's football. They are far more advanced than France for example on that matter and quite close with the USA.
Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: law10 on December 09, 2014, 05:32:46 PM
Brilliant article, thank you very much Sylvain.
Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: Mackem Steve on December 10, 2014, 06:15:23 AM
England are leading the way in term of sport science in women's football. They are far more advanced than France for example on that matter and quite close with the USA.

Well good to know we're better than France at something  :P
Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: sylvain on December 10, 2014, 10:03:23 AM
Yah I still expect us to beat you in the friendly in April and at the World Cup by 2-0 or more.  :P
Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: Kelly on December 10, 2014, 01:20:58 PM
This all sounds great in theory but how are they going to identify those girls. If you go by the present process the girls need to be identified at U15 and therefore need to have been in the system for a while. The current process excludes any girls that come into the system late for example at U17. It also relies on the Centre Directors opinion. FA scouts at U17 matches are virtually non-existent, if your name is already known then you are fine, getting a foot in the door for new talent seems virtually impossible.
Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: croc on December 11, 2014, 08:22:18 PM
Seems to me the more coaching we introduce from earlier ages the less success British football has.   Anyone watching the England - Germany game with a dispassionate eye would have been struck by England's rush to play the ball forwards at the first opportunity - not necessarily long balls but still rushing it forwards.    It's meaningless to talk about an England DNA if one of the national teams is still playing that way.

The other point is of course that the centres of excellence are not identifying the best girls - many are lost to the system through the demands of travelling the country at a young age.   There is a role for taking the cream and giving them additional coaching but it shouldn't be an attempt to mimic the boys - leave the girls in their local teams and provide development centres until they are 14 that way far fewer would choose to leave and the standard of both the centres and the local leagues would be better. I'd like to see the centres play regular tournaments where the best local league sides can enter - open them up to competition - it'd be good for the young players inside and outside of them.   

I fear what we are getting is a closed system where there is a belief that somehow coaching is going to produce the best England players without the taking capturing the best talent and without really exposing that talent to the competition.   A really talented youngster would still be better off playing with a decent boys team. 

Title: Re: England DNA philosophy unveiled at St. George's Park
Post by: bilbobaggins on December 11, 2014, 10:53:44 PM
the rush to the ball was the England managers method, we needed a more defensive midfield.
some girls are actually able to hold their own against boys, (even at u19s) most of the England ladies don't fit that criteria.
grassroots players are being selected for England as we speak, thought their new wsl teams describe them as "home grown"
I suspect that most pro women in the England team in five years time will be athletes first, and footballers second.
I also know that wsl teams are putting their girls forward in a way that would not have happened pre wsl, this is because their survival is dependent on their producing England players, many were held back to play for their clubs under the wpl system. another climate of fear for the less well financed teams in the wsl? , well yes but check the stats, how many 14 year old players get to play first team for England? , not many.
oh also , we are finally producing top coaches, lastb two years has seen trained level 2,3,4 fa coaches as a career option.
lets give it until 2020.