Mar 11, 2018
Has Belgium Football found the secret to International success?
In 2009, Belgium was #66 on the FIFA World Rankings. They made a few changes and rocketed to #1 in six short years. What did they change? Belgian FA Director of Coach Education, Kris Van der Haegen, shares their secret on our latest Way of Champions Podcast.
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9:00 Crashing out of the 2000 European Championship was the wake-up call for Belgium
11:10 Creation of the Vision of Youth Development
19:30 The use of “multi-moves” training to prepare children for every sport
22:40 Who is in front me?
28:25 Training sessions must have opponents because the game has opponents
37:40 No standings, no substitutions on the fly, every player must play at least 50%
48:00 The four questions a coach should ask before a session
About Kris van der Haegen
Kris van der Haegen is Director of Coach Education for the Royal Belgian Football Association. A former high school teacher who speaks countless languages, and a member of the UEFA Jira Panel, Kris has been one of the main architects of the elevation of Belgian football to unheard-of levels of quality in recent years. Kris enjoys talking about how to make football better, especially for children and young people, yet he has also extensive experience coaching at the top level. he is currently an assistant coach with the Belgian Women’s National Team.
Here is a summary of his accomplishments:
Belgian Football Association (since 2008)
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