Created on 2015-05-11 at 14:00 PM
FC Bayern's youth partnership with Global Premier Soccer (GPS) has been going strong since it was announced last November. Part of the collaboration includes monthly conference calls held between the two respective coaching staffs. The purpose is to provide insight into the FC Bayern Junior Team philosophy and gain knowledge that can be passed on to GPS' large network of young players.
The latest call was held this past week, led by Sebastian Dremmler, head of FC Bayern's Junior Team, and Peter Bradley, GPS Director of Coaching. Calls are structured with an opening FC Bayern update from Dremmler followed by a discussion on the main topic. For the final 15 minutes of the call, there is an opportunity for GPS staff to ask questions to Mr.Dremmler on the chosen topic.
The topic for this month was: “How does the FCB Junior team decide on the correct emphasis between player development and winning in the Junior Team structure?" FC Bayern take great pride in producing excellent quality players at all levels but also developing a winning mentality throughout the club. When asked if the club can coach this winning mentality Dremmler said:
"Yes this is coachable. FCB work to develop this mentality through every training session. When playing a training game there is always a result eg a 1v1 game or 5v5, there is always a winner. Small sided games/sudden death games where there is a winner and a loser. We can speak to the losing team and encourage them- ‘come on you can win the next time."
Dremmler reiterated the importance balance in the FC Bayern Junior Teams. It was important that teams are "always wanting to go out and win" but they should always want to do so "playing the FC Bayern way and philosophy." Dremmler identified U16 as an age at when FC Bayern teams would make winning as big a priority as development, with the teams becoming more results driven as they reach the first team.
"Winning versus development is a common topic we deal with at GPS and at all levels of Youth Soccer in the US," said Peter Bradley. "It is clear that FC Bayern place a strong emphasis on creating competitive players and environments, like GPS, but also we share their belief in avoiding win at all costs at the younger ages with technical and tactical development the key priority," said Bradley.
For more information on the work done by GPS in the US, check out their website.
About GPS & FC Bayern's Partnership
To find out more about FC Bayern's famed youth academy and the partnership with Global Premier Soccer in the United States click here.