3 Thorlakur ArnasonHead of player development at the F.A. and coach of U17s national team for boys.Academy manager at IF Brommapojkarna from january 2015
4 Icelandic football - facts and figures Population of Iceland:Registered players: (6.2%)Males: (68.6%)Females: (31.4%)Number of clubs: 90Number of coaches: 575
5 Youth team set up Under 10 year old play 5-a-side Football used to be a summersport in Iceland but now it is a all-year sportThis picture is taken in years ago, kids would play team handball at winter and football during the summer. We also have a lot of outdoor astro turfs pitces but we have heating to deal with the winter.
6 Facilities 2014: Much better facilities for playing football! 7 full size indoor football fields built since the year 2002.5 half size indoor football fields.The facilities are used by all age groups, men and women.The facilities are paid by the towns or city councils. We can start early during the day because of short distances between school and facilites.
7 Facilities: 111 mini-pitches built all around Iceland, since 2004 This is a project that started in 2004.Build on school grounds to create interest in football and to be close to the kids.
8 Icelandic Football Longest pre-season in the world (7 months) One of the shortest football season in the world (May 6th - September 30th).League cup played from February-May. A lot of young players get the chance to play. Very important for their progress!The older Icelandic professional players playing today grew up in poor football conditions/facilities.A younger generation is a product of the changes in Iceland in the last ten years. Facilites and better coach education.
9 Coach education – research done in 2010 41.4% of the coaches had UEFA B coaching license or more coach education than that!17% of the coaches had UEFA A coaching license or more coach education than that.Because of this research we have the and phone number for every coach in IcelandEvery coach in Iceland is a paid, qualified coach – no volunteers.In total we have 406 coaches with UEFA B license (not all active). 45 of them are women.In total we have 185 coaches with UEFA A license (not all active). 10 of them are women.
11 Typical Icelandic coach Has two jobs.Works from and coaches in the afternoonCoaches and is also a studentReally good leaders and good at setting up a team and structureNot good at individual things, details like Eastern Europe or Balkan countries.
12 Sports in Iceland Players are good athletes. Have played basketball, team handball and many other sports as kids.Have had very good teaching in swimming and physical education.
13 Clubs set up - In general All the clubs are grassroot clubs.Kids need to pay a fee every month to play football ( Euros a year)The parents get an amount of 200 Euros a year to spend on sports for their children.Most of the coaches have another job but some coaches are full time.We have a lot of volunteers, mostly parents. Parents do not coach!
14 Clubs set up-In general Kids start at the age of 4 -5 years old.Two age groups play together , 01-02, expect U19 with three.U x a weekU-8 and U-10 3 x a weekU-12, U-14 4 x a weekU-16, U-19 5 x a weekGames all year around
15 Clubs set up-12-19 years old Very easy to connect school and football.From years old you have clubs with special practices before school or on school hours in the morning.Biggest clubs have special training through schools.Distances are very short.
16 Clubs set up-12-19 years old Best players almost always get something extra.Train with older players.Train a lot with the national team.Inside the country the transfer fee is very lowStart early to play in the first team
17 Clubs set up 12-19 years Clubs are very independant! What they do is very different.Some structure but changes with people.Philosophy?The F.A. works with the clubs but has no control over things
18 Clubs set up 12-19 years No real style of play Some play really good football and others kick the ball long.Some clubs have strong philosophy by playing good football. Others no style.Very independant and not always organized
19 F.A.Player development 13-14 years Boys and girlsSpotting talented players – late developersGrassroots thinking on the countryside
20 Height girls - PD Tournament Girls tallest = 178 cmGirls lowest = 145 cmAverage = 164 cmAverage height for women in Iceland = 167 cm
21 Height boys - PD Tournament Highest = 193 cmLowest = 150 cmAverage = 169 cmAverage for men in Iceland=181 cm
22 Weight boys - PD Tournament Heaviest = 78 kgLightest = 38 kgAverage = 55 kg
23 Birth effect - PD Tournament Girls = average July 5thBoys = average June 10th
24 Biggest question in football? Is he/she going to make it?It is sometimes not what you see, but rather what you are not seeing!
25 You need to know! Late developers Early developers Player n 1: 180 cm and 63 kilosPlayer n 2: 180 cm and 81 kilos
26 Performance v Potential Talent IdentificationPerformance v PotentialHIGHPerformanceLOWPotentialAVERAGEAVERAGE PerformancePerformancePotential
27 National team set up 15-19 years old 15-16 years preparation for U17 national team. Practises every other weekend from Oct – April!10 games a year. UEFA, Nordic cup and EC17-19 years many practises but depending on elite round. Practise games and EC. Girls train every other weekend!
28 Hotspot – Small club „Sindri“ = 2089 inhabitants
30 Players abroad 19 years and younger Denmark - 8England - 6Holland - 5Sweden - 3Norway - 2
31 Henning Berg coach at Legia Warsaw „Icelandic players have good basic training and are willing to work hard to succeed. The mental attitude is what makes them interesting.“
32 Gary Cotterill Sky Sports reporter about Icelandic players in November 2014 „They always speak good english. It is really nice to interview players who are humble and down to earth. They are not carried away by their big houses and big wages and all the publicity.“
37 How can we produce so many professionals? Football is the number 1 sport. Football culture.Transfer fee is often less than in other countriesQualified, paid coachesLevel of coach educationMental attitudeFacilities are goodReally good grassroots clubs, specially from years
38 No secret formulaSome players go early abroad: Gylfi Sigurðsson, Aron Einar Gunnarsson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson.Some later: Alfreð Finnbogason, Emil Hallfreðsson and Ragnar Sigurðsson
39 Some stats for the Icelandic national teams Women‘s A-national teamIn the EURO final in 2009 and 201320th place on the FIFA ranking (11th in Europe)WU19 - Spain, Croatia, LithuaniaSecond in the group, qualified to the Elite roundMen‘s A-national teamMade it to the World Cup play-offs but lost to CroatiaAre now 28th in the FIFA ranking (17th in Europe)With 9 points after three matches in EURO qualification (Turkey, Latvia and Holland)U21 - France, Belarus, Armenia, KazakhstanSecond in the group, went to the play-offs but lost to Denmark on away goalU17 - Italy, Moldova, ArmeniaSecond in the group, qualified for the Elite roundIn 2013 all youth national teams went into the elite round! Best year ever.Without grassroots football there is no elite football
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