If you’re a football player, chances are you watch as much football as you can – whether it’s on TV, online, or at a live game. Watching football, 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 football intelligence skills during your time off the pitch?
The Football IntelliGym has been shown through scientific studies to improve football sense, and today, we discuss a study out of the Netherlands, a region known for their elite football youth development programs.
The IntelliGym uses a video-game-like interface to train the cognitive skills that relate to football 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 football 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 football academies, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven, who put the Football IntelliGym to the test.