THE INTERNATIONAL STREET SOCCER ASSOCIATION (ISSA)
The International Street Soccer Association (ISSA) has been created for anyone who has an active interest in football coaching. The organisation has not been produced to replace coaching with coaching, but to act as an added value, especially aiding the development of creative players.
In looking into the ISSA, we hope that you will be able to understand some of the key principals and underpinning methods of ISSA Street Soccer coaching. We recognise that our brand of soccer coaching is very different than the vast majority of football coaching. It is outside of the mainstream. In fact, many people watching Street Soccer coaching in action may well wonder what is going on. Where are all the colour co-ordinated cones set up in nice straight lines? Where are the square grids? Where are the fluorescent bibs? Why is there music playing? Why are their posters on the walls? Why have the coaches got hooded sweatshirts? Why are the players practicing tricks? What is that funny circle on the floor, which the players all refer to as a Panna circle? What does that do? Why do they have 3v3 games on that funny pitch?
This ISSA aims to show you street soccer coaching by lifting the bonnet, so that you can see some of the inner workings of the engine. There is a rationale for everything that goes on within the sessions. The coaching system has been very carefully structured to create a learning environment that enables players to realise their potential. This website will detail some of these elements so that you can start to understand why and how ISSA street soccer coaching is delivered.
Through the ISSA Coach Education courses, we start by looking at the reasons why street soccer challenges the normal coaching model in football. We ask how appropriate the traditional methods of coaching actually are in helping our brain learn how to play football. We also look at how experts in human learning would view football coaching because when we appreciate the way players learn, it helps us understand how best to coach.
One of the central themes to the ISSA is the construction of an optimal learning environment. We will look at some of the methods that are used within street soccer to help create an environment where both learning and creativity can flourish. There are a number of specific strategies that street soccer coaches use to encourage creativity.
Does that all sound a bit ‘new age’? As it happens, many of the strategies & approaches that are woven into the fabric of ISSA street soccer coaching have a long track record. The various strategies have been tried and tested for many decades, and even centuries in some cases. We will examine some of these to give you a flavour.
We sincerely hope that you find the ISSA both informative and enjoyable. We hope it will give you and understanding of what street soccer coaches do, how they do it and why.
Please spend some time looking through the website and learning about the world of Street Soccer and the ISSA.
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