FA cannot afford to ignore Terry Daly’s performance solution

by Mystical Mike

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Terry Daly, football scientist, coach and analyst at
dalyslaw.com, has a practical answer to the ‘English disease’ of
off form football performance. ‘Use vertical weight to control the
horizontal pace of the ball’ is Daly’s Law of Creative, Attacking Football.
Result: instant top form performance from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank
Lampard and all of the other under performers in the 2010 England World Cup

For those seeking current examples of Daly’s Law in action, Mr Daly points
to Mesut Ozil’s goal for Germany against Ghana, when Ozil flicked a pass
from Muller gently up into the air, let it bounce and then hit a perfect
volley into the net. Wayne Rooney only had to do the same to score at any
time. Football is a simple game. Germany’s first two goals against England
on Sunday saw vertical weight used to control the horizontal pace of the
ball before the final strikes. Mr Daly’s advice: pay attention to the common
factor in successful creative, attacking football performance so as to
recreate this same, systematically and consciously, at any time.

Mr Daly has already persuaded the English FA to accept and publish his
redefinition of weight in the movement and manipulation of the ball as being
a vertical force instead of a horizontal one. Daly’s correction flies in the
face of the ‘wisdom’ of conventional coaches and commentators, who continue
to coach, speak and write as if ‘weight’ is the horizontal force of the
ball. The FA have thus far failed to accept Terry Daly’s offer to help
incorporate his unique insight into coaching practice with England.

Now is the time for FA action, according to Mr Daly, arguing that his recipe
for successful performance can be implemented within one or two coaching
sessions and produces instant results in terms of player confidence and
goals scored. He contrasts his particular solution to the general ones
proposed in response to England’s failure and maintains that general
solutions, such as the bringing through of young players, have long lead
times and uncertain outcomes. Daly’s Law can be implemented instantly and
judged likewise with the entire crop of present players. Euro 2012 beckons

The widespread adoption of Daly’s Law in practice will also necessitate an
important change in how media football commentators and analysts perform
their jobs. Mr Daly points to one BBC analyst’s description of Ozil’s
vertical weighting of the ball prior to scoring superbly against Ghana as ‘a
‘miscontrol’ and several other BBC analysts’ descriptions of Podolski’s
‘miscontrol’ in vertically weighting the ball prior to scoring Germany’s
second goal on Sunday. ‘They just don’t get it,’ concludes Mr Daly. ‘Both
players deliberately used vertical weight to control the horizontal pace of
the ball, enabling them to set themselves for potent finishes on each

One of the interesting points about Daly’s Law is that so-called ‘street
football’, as played by kids for generations in the back streets of
Britain’s cities and all across the world is, according to Daly himself, the
best example to date of his formula in action. He puts such players’ success
down to the fact that traditional street soccer playing environments obliged
players to use rise and drop vertical weight in their passing, running with
the ball and shooting in order to negotiate potholes, obstacles, slopes and
other challenges in the playing environment.

Terry Daly’s Law of Creative, Attacking Football identifies the scientific
element in street football that has produced great players such as Best,
Pele and Maradonna and utilises it systematically in Daly’s Law Coaching to
get off form players on top form again. ‘Weight’ is the ball’s vertical drop
due to gravity. Mr Daly’s website at dalyslaw.com provides a
subscription coaching service for players and coaches at all levels.

Mr Daly sees England’s 2010 World Cup demise as an opportunity as well as a
failure. There is a solution – and it doesn’t cost six million pounds a

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  • dexylongshot

    Now that is very interesting, I’ll be looking at the Germany goals again in a minute. What gets my goat is Ze Germanz had the ball for 6 months in th League to practise with, why the Fk wasn’t The FA up on this, we may have to use certain balls in the Premiership for advertising reasons but at least all the Prem clubs could have started using the ball in training 6 months back so at least the players could have got the feel for it.

  • Sarah

    It’s all about street football and using a small weighted ball – just like Pele did when he was young. In Brazil the youth use to play Futebol de Salão but then FIFA got involved and introduced Futsal (because Futebol de Salão didn’t make them any money due to the ball being to small to be seen on TV!)

  • Darren

    hey Sarah, great to see you in the blog! We’d love it if you wrote a weekly column on youth development and the Brazil Soccer Schools, it would really help awareness on the subject.

    What do you reckon?

  • Sarah

    Hey Darren, it is something I’m very passionate about, so yeah that would be cool! I’m not sure I could commit to a weekly blog though (especially when the season starts and I’m back playing every week). Could I just do something as and when I have time – I will keep them regular though?

  • http://www.icfds.com Peza

    From this guy’s website:

    “Conventional soccer coaching across the world – including the English, German and Dutch methods, Coerver Coaching, Futbol de Salao, et al – has got it ‘ wrong’ in that it fails to recognise (and then reproduce) the critical element – controlling the ball’s horizontal pace with vertical weight – that nourished soccer genius on back streets and beaches and waste grounds all across the world in the past (and still does in some areas of Africa and South America).”

    How can futebol de salao have got it wrong when that’s what Pele, Ronaldinho, Zico and Robinho (amongst many other great players) all cite as THE reason they became the players that they became. The Brazil team of 1970 all grew up playing Futebo de Salao so I can’t take this guy seriously. On his website he also uses Wayne Rooney as a good example of what he’s preaching and we all know what a great world cup he had!

  • Michael

    Quite a ‘heavy going’ piece but still interesting. Struggling to get my head around it though.

  • Sarah

    Ha, have you checked out his website and looked at it in detail – I think it might actually be a hoax to see how much money he can make! If you google him nothing comes up apart from his own website! He goes on about the players he’s coached but who are they…and when have you ever heard a conventional coach say ‘use the horizontal force of the ball’?! Street football is a beautiful game and should not be confused with Science!

    He does have some front though. He submitted a press release after we didn’t qualify for Euro 2008 (the media obviously didn’t buy it though) and he’s released another one now! Talk about trying to take advantage of our misfortune and get on the bandwagon of saving English football!

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