Vision and Awareness are the New Buzz Words. How important are they?
Of all the pillars of player development, the two that separate an exceptional player from a good player are the level of Vision and Awareness.
Vision is the skill of seeing things quickly and in some instances before they happen in the game.
Awareness is a combination of feeling and recognizing opportunities to make and execute plays faster than opponents.
In team sports like soccer where interactions with team members are integral to ball possession, vision can be as simple as having your head on a swivel checking in every direction for clues as to what the opponent is doing and what you and your teammates are doing. It allows a player in control of the ball to serve the pass to an open player, perhaps starting a possession sequence that could lead to scoring goals. Vison can also include a player not with the ball moving into open spaces, placing them in a situational dominance of defenders, making their opponent unable to match their pace of play and movement.