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Where Technical Training Meets Cognitive Training

Brazilian academy coaches Fabricio Monte (Santos FC 2003-Present) & Luciano Santos (Santos FC 2011-2019) present Beyond Juggling: Volume 1, a groundbreaking curriculum of pair juggling games for elite soccer players. Produced in collaboration with globally-recognized cognitive training experts MBM and education consultant Cal Christopher, this entertaining volume of 30 games will challenge the technique and cognitive ability of your players like nothing they’ve experienced before. Currently available exclusively to professional European academies and American colleges. 100% compatible with social distancing guidelines! 

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A Player Is Not An Island

A solution to the mind-body problem, and a new dawn for technical training

For “technical training” to be fully transferable to the game, it must integrate soccer’s cognitive elements. While isolated technical exercises – such as conventional juggling, dribbling around cones, and passing against a wall – can help provide a foundation, they have reduced impact on player development at an elite level. This is because they do not replicate the game. Out on the pitch, every technical action is combined with perception and decision-making tasks. Our actions with the ball only occur while our brain is faced with an overload of multiple variables – time, space, opponents, and teammates. This is why no player is an island unto themselves in soccer. In the cauldron that is a competitive game, technical actions are always performed under a taxing cognitive load.

To future-proof players for the game of tomorrow, technical training methodologies must recreate this cognitive aspect. This includes vision and awareness, the ability to quickly process and filter information, and fast and effective decision-making. It is these traits – rather than pure technique – which separate players in the top professional divisions from players in the lower ones. The groundbreaking Beyond Juggling curriculum, designed and endorsed by some of the world’s leading player development experts, focuses on all of these elements. Through a challenging and addictive pair-based curriculum, players must show a high degree of technical skill while simultaneously carrying out a variety of cognitively demanding tasks. Sounds a bit like the game of soccer, right?

Cognition

Challenging cognitive tasks are at the heart of the curriculum. Decision-making, task switching, reaction speed, memory, synchronization, anticipation, concentration, and mental endurance are all trained in a variety of fun and creative ways.

Perception

A large section of the curriculum specifically trains players' vision and spatial awareness. Forced to disconnect from the ball, players must read and respond to visual cues while simultaneously keeping the juggling rally alive.

Technique

While performing a range of brain games, players must execute increasingly demanding juggling combinations that require different touch quantities, weights, directions, and surfaces. Ball control, first touch, and ambidexterity are all developed.

Coordination

The curriculum also includes juggling games that develop players' physical attributes in a fun, competitive way. These games train not only coordination but balance, rhythm, and muscular endurance - all alongside technical skills!​

The Creators

Luciano Santos

Luciano Santos & Fabricio Monte are two of Brazil’s top talent developers, boasting over 25 years’ combined experience coaching in Santos FC’s esteemed youth academy – a superstar factory that has produced the likes of Pele, Neymar, Robinho, and many of the latest samba starlets. With decades of football and futsal expertise in one of the world’s most competitive youth hotspots, Luciano and Fabricio’s recent graduates include Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Emerson (Chelsea), Giovanni Manson (Ajax), Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo), Kaio Jorge (Santos FC), and Yuri Alberto (Santos FC). For Beyond Juggling, Luciano and Fabricio have teamed up with online learning designer Cal Christopher, as well as experienced cognitive training consultants MBM. Together, they have taken the much-loved Brazilian art of pair juggling games – a pastime as Brazilian as samba, sunbathing, and soccer itself – and supercharged it with the technical variety and cognitive complexity needed to develop players for the future game. Buckle up your seat belts!

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Alumni

Fabricio & Luciano's former players currently represent:

MBM Consultancy

Cognitive training experts MBM (Michel Bruyninckx Method) have helped refine the Beyond Juggling methodology and curriculum to maximize its effectiveness. MBM Founder & Author Michel Bruyninckx is a Belgian UEFA A Elite Youth coach, lecturer, and brain training expert who is often cited as one of the key figures behind Belgium’s soccer revolution and “golden generation” (Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, Axel Witsel, and others). At KRC Genk, the Belgian club where Kevin de Bruyne was developed, Michel’s consultancy and input has contributed to the success of the club’s academy. In the current Belgium U17 squad, 10 of the 22 selected players hail from Genk. Genk’s academy is now the world’s sixth most prolific exporter of players for Europe’s top 5 leagues, ahead of FC Barcelona. Michel’s innovative methods have also led him to consulting contracts with Real Madrid, AC Milan, FC Metz, Senegal’s Génération Foot Academy (Sadio Mané), and Qatar’s Aspire Academy. The Beyond Juggling programme is officially endorsed by MBM – a team which includes former AFC Ajax coach Ed Graper – and is set to become a key part of the home practice curriculums of elite European clubs. 

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Culture

Build a competitive pair juggling culture among friends and team-mates with these addictive games. Create healthy rivalries on a small-scale, or go a step further and create tournaments and leaderboards for your entire squad or club. Duel in the living room, in the backyard, at a friend's house, at school, at the practice field, in the locker room, or in the club leisure area!​

Accessibility

Get thousands of intelligent touches anywhere, at any time, and on any device! All you need is a ball, internet access, and two players. Each game is filmed in HD from multiple angles and is accompanied by comprehensive written instructions. Become the undisputed Beyond Juggling king of your club, then start combining games together for the ultimate cognitive test.

Play

Young people develop best when they are absorbed in play. This is as true for soccer players as it is for life. While individual technical training does have its place in providing a foundation, it lacks both a playful and a competitive element. Beyond Juggling turns technical training into an entertaining game - then supercharges it by adding different types of cognitive load.​

FAQ

Yes. We recommend there is a minimum distance of 2-3 meters between each player during the games (not due to Coronavirus – this is actually the recommended distance anyway). Players who are technically more advanced can increase this distance to 5 meters or more. 

Volume 1 features 30 games. Volume 2 will be released later in 2021.

The programme is aimed at elite players, although there are methods to reduce the difficulty of the games if this is needed (for example, players may be permitted to bounce the ball on the ground once). Overall, the curriculum is demanding, both technically and cognitively. To utilize the program fully, players should be able to comfortably perform at least 300 solo juggles. Players from as young as 9 all the way up to first team players will quickly become addicted to the games! A wide variety of progressions and rule variations are also included, to provide infinite levels of challenge. As the programme is available on a mobile-friendly and tablet-friendly portal, academy and first team players alike can enjoy the games inside the locker room and leisure spaces of their clubs, not to mention outside the club in their own free time (a cultural aspect particularly relevant for academy players). Please note that all games require two players.

Each game can be played either competitively (two players battling each other, for points) or collaboratively (working together to make the longest rally). Guidance is given inside the programme on what counts as a technical error and what counts as a cognitive error. A fun point-scoring game is H-O-R-S-E, where the player who makes a mistake gets a letter, and the first to get all 5 letters becomes the HORSE and loses the game. If players prefer to play a rally game without point-scoring, it’s still possible to add a competitive element by using a stopwatch (to time how long they can keep the game alive without any technical or cognitive error). 

The default language of the programme is English. English-speaking players are used for all video demonstrations, and the game instructions/rules are currently only available in English. However, we are currently in the process of translating the portal and content into different languages. Please get in touch about your language requests.

We sell bulk licenses to clubs in Europe and colleges in North America. These licenses involve accounts being set up for anywhere from 20 to 1000+ players. If you are an individual player or parent with an interest in purchasing a solo license, unfortunately we do not offer these. However, a selection of our games are available as part of a bundle product that includes additional exercises and modules. If you are interested in this, please use the Contact form to get in touch.

The main idea of a club or organizational license is that the players themselves create their own pair juggling culture and integrate the games into their daily lives. This is the true power of the programme, as each player in the club/academy/college will have their own individual account to access on their device/s. Of course, organizations that buy licenses are given accounts for their coaches too, enabling them to use any of the games as part of their regular team trainings (as warm-ups, on low-intensity training days, as team-building exercises, or as part of fun intra-squad and inter-squad tournaments).

No, the programme is a long-term, open-ended curriculum. It is not a finite course with a set beginning and end point. The platform is designed to become a part of a player’s daily soccer culture and lifestyle.

Club, academy, and college licenses provide access to the portal for one year, with the option to renew. 

Yes, a device with internet access is required to log in to the portal and view the videos and curriculum content. We have experimented with an App for offline access, but found it was not as reliable as browser access, slower, and gave a poorer user experience. This is why access has to be through a web browser (Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, or Firefox). Each video in the programme is approximately 30 seconds long, so even if you cannot use WiFi, only a minimal amount of data is used.

Our Terms of Service prohibit the sharing of account logins and passwords, and the portal itself restricts logins for each account to a maximum of two devices at a time. We educate clubs and players about all these requirements as part of the onboarding process.

Go Beyond Technique

Bulk licenses now available for European clubs and American colleges.
Create accounts for your youngsters all the way up to your seniors!