“This is Inner Mongolia’s more than 30 years, and once again a player has been selected for the national youth men’s football team, which indirectly shows that the training method is effective.” A member of the 18 national youth men’s football team, preparing for the 2022 Asian Youth Championship. On the 14th, Wang Xuesong, the head of his former club, Inner Mongolia Shengle Mengyang Football Club, spoke of his excitement.
In Inner Mongolia, change is starting with children. In Hohhot and Linger football town, there are more than 100 teenagers who, like Baihelam, want to make football a lifelong career.
“In football, 9 to 12 years old is the main age group that determines the future growth height of players.” Wang Xuesong has been dealing with football all his life. He is a returned overseas Chinese. He went to Japan to study and play football when he was a teenager. . “In Inner Mongolia, most of the children of this age stay in school football and popularize their interests. Due to the lack of professional guidance and scientific training, their talents are restricted.”
In 2015, Wang Xuesong returned to his hometown to set up a football youth club in Inner Mongolia, specializing in professional football training for teenagers aged 9 to 16. “This is the stage where I restart my original aspirations.”
In just 6 years, the club has grown into a leader in the professional training of youth football in Inner Mongolia. It has the largest and largest training base with the largest number of operating venues in the north of the Yellow River in China, and has trained 19 professional athletes. “We have won the championship of all age groups in the Inner Mongolia men’s youth football competition, and we are the only team in Inner Mongolia to participate in the National Youth Super League.”
In the football town, children are divided into 5 groups according to their age, and different trainings are carried out in a targeted manner.
“Individual talent, scientific training, good team and good opponent.” This is the key to improving the four levels summarized by Wang Xuesong. “It’s impossible for every kid to be a genius. What we’re doing now is to train them over and over with professional training and high-level competition.”
Training, competition, training after finding problems, competition after improving problems… In this cycle, the higher the learning efficiency, the greater the chance of success.
“A good intelligent system can help improve the training effect by at least 20% to 30%.” Wang Xuesong told reporters that 20 years ago, Japan was already cultivating youth football ability through professional equipment and professional talents. “After returning to China, I found that the domestic attention to these is far from enough.”
In 2018, the club introduced a video collection, analysis, and sports training system. Coaches use smart devices to observe children’s performance in daily training and competition, capturing movement data. Each child has an electronic training file.
“In the past, it was mostly based on the coach’s experience and intuitive feelings about the children. It was more subjective and not very comprehensive.” Coach Guo Ming has accompanied the children for 6 years. “Scientific and technological means to assist and quantitative analysis must be the direction of development.”
Smart systems are also a stepping stone to children’s careers.
“For example, Baihe Lamu.” Wang Xuesong told reporters that it would be difficult for children from a small club like them to be “seen” if they only rely on the results of the competition. “This time, we used the data to compare with the national team players side by side, and won a ‘discovered’ chance.”
“Football is a sport that fulfills others and achieves oneself. This is also its greatest charm.” Wang Xuesong said.
Today, the football town has a good reputation. Except for Inner Mongolia, about half of the students come from six provinces including Jiangxi, Henan and Xinjiang.
“I don’t think it’s in vain. The physical quality and tactical training are much better than before, and I have more confidence in the future.” Song Haoran is 15 years old this year. He started playing school football in his hometown of Handan, Hebei Province at the age of 9, and came here at the age of 13 (2019). to football town. He has now grown into the club’s main player, but also a national level athlete.
These days, Wang Xuesong just sent 24 children to Guangzhou for training in preparation for the 15th Inner Mongolia Games, and then devoted himself to the upcoming winter training camp. “We are still a county-level football reform pilot. The winter training camp is the fourth, mainly for the society, non-professionals, and more than 3,000 people have participated.” (End)