Talent made or Born??
24th March 2010
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Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, has lauded the benefits of Futebol de Salao in an interview with Success Magazine.

Daniel’s book, which investigates whether talent is a natural feature or something that can be nurtured, contains a chapter on the Brazilian Soccer Schools (BSS) and SOCATOTS.

In it, the New York Times bestselling author explains how the methods used in Brazil, and adapted and utilized by BSS and SOCATOTS founder Simon Clifford, accelerates each child’s development.

Futebol de Salao is a small-sided game native to South America which uses a weight, size two football to improve technique.

Current and former professionals such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho and Kaka cite the game as paramount to their development, and it is used by over a million children worldwide throughout the network of BSS centres.

Head of BSS in Walsall, Ian Lowndes, said: “Simon discovered the game of Futebol de Salao during his first trip to Brazil 15 years ago, and we’ve been using as the backbone of our coaching since.

“Our sessions are focused on individual or paired work which increases the ball-time each child has, and, as Daniel quotes in the article, typical games offer each player 600% more touches.”

In his interview Daniel is asked  the following question
"You talk about condensed practice in your book as a means to increase skills and talents faster. How does that work?"

Daniel Coyle: In soccer, for instance, Brazilians have found a beautiful way to increase skills. It’s a very compressed game called futebol de salao, which basically means soccer in the room. They get 600 percent more touches of the ball. They have compressed passing lanes. They are basically firing, failing and fixing a lot more than American kids are. It is almost sped up. If you look at it from a neuro perspective, it explains the gap in world soccer as plain as can be. You see these kinds of compressions in other ways too. Toyota is a good example. When they train people to go on assembly lines, they do it with toys. Instead of being all spread out on an assembly line, they are sitting around a conference table next to each other and making their assembly lines move with these little toys. They are doing the same thing the Brazilians are doing neurologically. They have figured out how to compress the action and then practice in a really compressed way.

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