STYLE OF PLAY
Learn in-depth tactics to help develop you as a soccer player.
Join a football academy that takes the tactical side of the game seriously. Learn how to manage your game, understand position specific requirements, player roles and develop your tactical knowledge of football.
RIASA's Style of Play
When you join our football academy, you will learn a variety of different aspects of the game which will help further your studies and allow you to develop as an individual.
We want you as the football player to be able to understand positioning, which formation works well within the squad and how tactics can be deployed at certain times to manage games.
Here at RIASA we play a system based on the AFC Ajax model/philosophy. We play possession based football and press hard when we don’t have the ball. This style of play is highly demanding of players, that’s why we value our training sessions to help improve fitness, physique and mindset.
Our football academy predominantly focuses on playing a 4-3-3 formation but we also use 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1, depending on available players and the opponent we are facing.
In terms of the overall structure of the team, we like to play with a goalkeeper who is confident and brave. Play starts from the back when you have a strong keeper who is willing to take risks and see opportunities to play out.
We require centre backs who are composed on the ball, have great passing vision and can battle strongly for the ball. The full backs within the team need to be exceptionally fit and quick on the turn, as we expect these players to cover most of the pitch during the game.
The whole midfield set-up needs players who are comfortable in possession and technically good to keep the ball and find forward passes to the attacking players.
Moving forward to the attacking players within our football academy, we require wide forwards who are fast of the mark, who have great stamina and who can easily beat players in 1v1 situations. In these positions we need players who are confident about being able to score but also assist other team members by driving forwards into great positions on the pitch.
When we look to our main striker within the team, we require a strong individual who has great fitness levels. In this position we need them to be tactically aware of the game and their surroundings as they will need to create space for the through ball, hold the ball up at times and be able to finish in tight spaces.
The striker position is not only about scoring goals, here we are looking for a determined individual as the stiker is the trigger behind the team press, starting from the frontline.
By understanding the FC Ajax possession based / team press philosophy, each player who joins our academy will be able to develop, as this style of play is demanding physically but also tactically.
When you come to our academy, we want you to leave a much better player. This means we take our time to help you, show you how you can grow and understand the game on a deeper level.
Our training sessions are carefully planned with development at the core. When we are selecting opponents to face, we seek challenges that can test the whole squad, and by doing so help you further your individual growth on and off the pitch.
Match rewind - Colin Clarke found the next spectacularly against Chorley FC, where he would go on to score a quick fire brace. Rivaldo Hill also netted in this game. RIASA U19’s competed against Newcastle Elite Academy - watch the full highlights from this 8 goal thriller!