The ‘Total Football’ philosophy of Rinus Michels is the foundation of the Dutch vision on football. It’s known for its attractive and offensive style, which is still recognizable in the current Dutch football landscape and the Dutch National Team. Many great players have been educated with this DNA.
The main objective of Rinus and the KNVB is to let players enjoy football and to let them learn how to play football. Within this vision, a number of requirements are set for football exercises:
- They must be reality based
- A game problem must be solved
- The players must experience the form of football as a game (they need to score, defend, transition, etc.)
- Learning skills is not an isolated matter, but must take place in relation to the football game
Learning to play football is about teaching players to play the game (better) in a child-friendly or youth-following way. Children enjoy playing football if their development opportunities are addressed at the right time and the right way. Players have fun if you give them football tasks that they can actually handle. They started playing football because they like playing football so much; that involves scoring, attacking, defending and transitioning.