Football is a collective, dynamic and complex sport, which requires a wide variety of technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills to practice. These skills cannot be trained in isolation, but must be integrated and coordinated based on the demands of the game. To achieve this objective, it is necessary for coaches to use teaching methods that promote the comprehensive development of the player, and that allow them to learn to solve the problems that arise in each game situation. One of these methods is the Pons method, a sports teaching proposal that integrates technique and tactics in the same learning process.
Firstly, the Pons method is based on the idea that the player must be able to read and interpret the game, and adapt their cognitive and motor resources to the possibilities that each situation offers. To this end, the Pons method proposes a series of pedagogical principles that guide the planning, execution and evaluation of training sessions. These principles are the following:
The game as the central axis of training: the Pons method uses the game as the main means for learning, since it is the most natural and motivating way to practice football. The game allows the player to experiment, create, express themselves and have fun, while developing their technical and tactical skills.
The adaptation of the exercises to the characteristics of the real game: the Pons method seeks to ensure that the exercises are as similar as possible to the real game, both in space, time, the number of players, the material, the rules, the objectives, etc In this way, the player is able to transfer what he learns in training to the game, and to face situations similar to those he will encounter in the competition.
The variability of the stimuli: the Pons method introduces constant changes in the exercises, so that the player has to adapt to different contexts and conditions. The variability of the stimuli favors the player’s attention, concentration, creativity, decision making and anticipation.
Active participation of the player: the Pons method encourages the player to be the protagonist of their own learning, and to have an active role in the process. To do this, the Pons method encourages autonomy, responsibility, reflection, self-evaluation, feedback, communication and cooperation of the player. The coach acts as a guide, a facilitator and a counselor, who proposes, suggests, questions, listens and provides feedback to the player.
The collective individualization that only the Pons Method offers in learning: the Pons method respects the rhythm, level, needs, interests, preferences and characteristics of each player, and adapts the training to their reality. The Pons method seeks for each player to progress according to their potential, and to feel motivated, satisfied and confident with their performance.
Secondly, the application of the Pons method can improve almost any football exercise and turn it into a modern football exercise, since it allows the development of technical and tactical, physical and psychological skills in a joint, contextualized and meaningful way for the player. In addition, the Pons method improves training planning, by optimizing the time and resources available, and increases training productivity, by generating greater learning and transfer to the real game.
In conclusion, the Pons method is a sports teaching proposal that integrates technique and tactics in the same learning process, and is based on play, adaptation, variability, participation and individualization as pedagogical principles. The Pons method is an innovative tool that can improve the performance and satisfaction of soccer players and coaches.
Advice to the world of football:
Improvement of infrastructure in clubs to improve street play to avoid a lack in technical excellence appreciated in recent decades in players… reduced playing spaces must be enabled in the facilities so that children can do 3×3 4×4 and we must promote learning to be able to use the Pons Method since a club and the improvement tools it may have are directly proportional to the knowledge of the coach and the staff that accompanies them on their path to high performance.