By Peter Glynn
Sir Trevor Brooking's vision of developing English teams packed with skilful players will be boosted tomorrow with the official opening of St. George’s Park.
The Football Association's new £100m national football centre will help champion The Future Game philosophy.
That concept aims to develop forthcoming generations of English players with the technique and decision-making skills to compete at the highest level of the game.
Brooking said: “The Future Game documented what the successful teams were doing internationally in comparison to what we were doing.
"It also showed how we had to change how we developed our younger players to be able to cope with the modern game as it moved forwards.
FA Director Of Football Development Brooking is adamant the quality of young English players must improve to ensure we can compete with our leading foreign counterparts.
The Future Game guides, published in 2010, encourage a playing philosophy based on quality passing, possession and building play through the three-thirds of the pitch.
Unsurprisingly, there is no talk of the long-ball.
Outlining the ingredients of The Future Game to Martin Tyler, Brooking said: “You have to have ten really skilful outfield players.
"You can’t have one or two of your outfield players that aren’t that good in possession. We have to get the English youngsters at 16 so good that a lot of them are going to come through.”
Brooking wants to develop more players who possess the ability to beat an opponent with varied and unique dribbling skills as well as players who are capable of playing in different systems.
The Future Game philosophy has a flexibility to incorporate different playing systems. There is no rigid adherence to 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.
Brooking added: “I think you should have the coach decide what the system is, depending on the group of players they’ve got and the opposition.
"It was interesting when we won the U17s European Championship a couple of years ago, John Peacock [Head Coach] will tell you we played three systems in five matches.”
The Future Game reflects many of the styles and approaches demonstrated by high-performing teams at European and world level.
But Brooking is quick to note that it isn’t a replica of any particular country’s playing philosophy and is underpinned with England’s own DNA in which desire, work-rate and competitiveness are continually encouraged.
He added: “I always remember Arsene Wenger saying to me if you lined up eight players from all the big countries, if they were all of the same ability, he’d pick the English ones because of all those English characteristics."
The Future Game is included in all of The FA’s coaching courses held at St.George’s Park and coaches can purchase products which outline the detail of the philosophy.
Three new Live Coaching Session USB cards, with over seven hours of coaching footage will be launched this week for the official opening of St.George’s Park.
To watch Sir Trevor Brooking discussing The Future Game with Martin Tyler click on the video player above.
Taster sessions from The FA’s new Future Game Live Coaching Session USB cards which include footage of The FA’s National Coaches delivering sessions at St.George’s Park are also featured.
To purchase any of The Future Game products visit www.falearningshop.com
By Peter Glynn