Football First – Creating Elite Footballers

The modern football culture is one which celebrates and idolises star players – the Ronaldos, the Messis – but still makes no effort to understand and reproduce what makes them great. The current focus in player development overemphasises “systems”, running, and strategic formations, leaving technical skills underdeveloped for the professional level. Instead, even international players have their technical shortcomings excused as a personal weakness, as though it were something they have no responsibility for or ability to correct.

Con Boutsianis is not satisfied by this justification for poor skills – which ultimately stem from a lack of proper practice throughout a player’s development. An international scoring specialist in his playing career, Con has spent many years closely studying how developing players are trained in the world’s top academies, and the biomechanics behind sound playing habits. Now, he offers his findings and expertise as a football educator to club and national programs interested in building the kind of player who can be relied upon to turn a game under pressure – a genuine star.

MY OFFER

A renowned goalscorer throughout his club and international career, Con has further refined his understanding of how to shoot and score since becoming a coach. The Football First curriculum gives this most fundamental and vital skill the attention it deserves, breaking down the many different shooting actions and techniques which allow a player to score from any situation.

Con’s curriculum is based on the hypothesis that all technical skill is learned, that any weak area can be corrected and developed with targeted training, and that a professional footballer should be strong in all areas of technical skill, regardless of his usual position. Football First trains players who are never uncomfortable on the field or with the ball.

Relied upon heavily in other professional sports, the study of how athletes’ bodies move to create power and control is essential to turning star power into a teachable quality. By understanding the correct form for all skills at a fundamental level, coaches can help players build muscle memory so that success becomes second nature.

Con Boutsianis is a football educator and development specialist who has spent years working closely with youth players on their way to the most prestigious club academies. Becoming a great player requires levels of personal discipline and self-awareness which few young people possess at that point in their life; Con’s coaching offers a strong guiding voice to keep them on the track to stardom.

Technical Development Specialist_

Professional football has been my passion for decades, and it still is to this day. I have spent my life pursuing excellence across every role in and around the world game, because I cannot think of anything more worthy or more powerful than devoting yourself to the things you love. As a player, coach, and now educator through Football First, my attitude has been simple – do it, and do it right.

My close association with top coaching and sports science staff in other sports has helped me to identify the best uses of biomechanical theory and practice to enhance player development. By understanding the raw instinct possessed by great players, we can begin to follow in their footsteps.

I was hailed throughout my career as being a generational talent when it came to the dead ball. I attained this excellence the same way all great footballers do; through harder practice and deeper understanding of the process. I reveal the secrets of how to strike a winning free kick alongside the other skills in my curriculum.

As all observers of football know, some players are just more able to score at a top level than their counterparts. Being this sort of striker myself I have worked hard to break down my methods, and those of other stars, into reliable lessons which help players build their scoring skills and their understanding of when to use them.

_FOOTBALL FIRST
Appearances
Club
338
National Team
4
Total
342


Goals
Club
113
National Team
4
Total
117

MY SUCCESSFUL CAREER

AS A PLAYER

Malvern City

Appearances
2
Goals
0
2009

Essendon United

Appearances
3
Goals
1
2009

Oakleigh Cannons

Appearances
30
Goals
5
2006/07

Bulleen Zebras

Appearances
12
Goals
0
2005

Heidelberg United

Appearances
6
Goals
1
2005

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
25
Goals
3
2003/04

Heidelberg United

Appearances
11
Goals
11
2003

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
3
Goals
2
2002/03

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
15
Goals
8
2001/02

Australia National Team

Appearances
4
Goals
4
2001

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
30
Goals
14
2000/01

Bolton Wanderers England (on loan for 3 months)

2000

Perth Glory

Appearances
21
Goals
13
1999/00

Perth Glory

Appearances
28
Goals
12
1998/99

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
26
Goals
8
1997/98

Collingwood Warriors

Appearances
20
Goals
7
1996/97

Played for Apollon in Athens, Greece

1996

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
25
Goals
11
1994/95

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
22
Goals
8
1993/94

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
28
Goals
10
1992/93

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
24
Goals
5
1991/92

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
17
Goals
4
1990/91

South Melbourne Soccer Club

Appearances
1
Goals
1
1989

AS A COACH

Coached National Australian Womenʼs Team

2010

Private coaching for National Team players going to South Africa for the World Cup

2010

Technical Coach for Gold Coast United

2011-2012

Private Coaching in Australia 2011-2012

2002

Football First – Running my own coaching company

2002 - Present

MY GALLERY

It's my aim to make each player I train a
skilled & fully rounded football professional_

MY TESTIMONIALS

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CONTACT ME

Postal Address

Melbourne, Australia

Office Contacts

+61 405 830 006

office@footballfirst.com

www.footballfirst.com.au

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