If you’re a soccer player, chances are you watch as much soccer as you can – whether it’s on TV, online, or at a live game. Watching soccer, especially at a high level, is a fantastic tool to learn the game. It can help to understand positioning, inspire new moves, and amp up your passion for the game. However, it has does not build concrete skills that contribute to on-field performance.
But what if there was a way to actually improve your soccer intelligence skills during your time off the pitch?
The Soccer IntelliGym has been shown through scientific studies to improve soccer sense, and today, we discuss a study out of the Netherlands, a region known for their elite soccer youth development programs.
The IntelliGym uses a video-game-like interface to train the cognitive skills that relate to soccer players’ performance. These skills include anticipation, divided attention, working memory, peripheral awareness, and spatial perception. Other important abilities the IntelliGym boosts are focus and concentration, team play, rapid adaptation to a dynamic environment, the ability to spot evolving opportunities, pattern recognition, execution of game plan, and coping with time constraints. As you can see, there is a multitude of cognitive skills that build up what is called soccer intelligence, and these skills can be strengthened through cognitive training.
Now, we know it’s tough to believe that training on a computer can actually improve performance on the field – so it only makes sense that this claim is verified by scientific studies. Below, we’ll discuss a study out of Vrjie Universiteit Amsterdam, a leading research institute in the Netherlands, that looked to measure performance improvements at two elite soccer academies, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven, who put the Soccer IntelliGym to the test.