Wiel Coerver is a great Dutch coach and a soccer visionary and his ideas and methods have had a profound influence on football coaching around the world. Back in the 1970’s it was Coerver® who pioneered the innovative skill-development coaching programmes for young players by preparing dozens of new methods of skill training.
He focused on teaching ball mastery and 1 on 1 skills by encouraging youngsters to emulate the moves on worlds great players. Over the last 20 years this has been expanded into a comprehensive coaching programme for young players teaching both individual skills and team play. By the year 2000 Coerver® has expanded into a global network of soccer schools, coaching camps & training videos that have been placed among the most respected in the world with major football names both endorsing and encouraging Coerver Coaching.
In 1985 Coerver® was joined by Alfred Galustian, who became head of Coerver Coaching International and former Chelsea & Scotland star Charlie Cooke who became director of Coerver Coaching for both North and South America. Galustian has gone on to select and appoint regional directors of coaching around the world to cater for the increasing demand for Coerver Coaching facilities. As Coerver Coaching enters the 21st Century we have developed a structured curriculum, The Pyramid of Player Development, which is explained in more detail in our curriculum page.
The central theme of all Coerver Coaching concentrates on the improvement of both individual skills and small team group play, especially in the 6 - 14 age group. Coerver Coaching believes that the game is made up of a series of movements and plays involving a small number of players (1v1, 2v2, 3v3 etc.) in different parts of the field. It is when they are linked together, or broken up defensively, that these small group plays make up a game of football
Coerver Coaching concludes that ultimately any system of team play is only as good as the players involved. It therefore focuses on individual development both alone and in the context of small group team play. This curriculum is delivered through the ’pyramid of player development’.