Training at a ProClubs Team

Credit: Team Liquid

We know the clubs' prominent academies in analogue football, where training takes place regularly, usually five to six times a week. The same can be said for individual eSports players. Whether fitness training by paid personal trainers, coaching by several trainers or countless hours of training in front of the screen. There are many ways exercise can be done in eSports.

But how do ProClubs teams do it? What can be practised how and by whom? We asked ourselves these and other questions and asked some of the teams.


What does the training plan for a week look like?

The mistakes that have occurred will be checked from every past game, and improvements will be taken. Games are recorded and then analysed among the team members. In the following friendly matches, these points will be focused on. The friendly matches are then played against social teams or their B-teams.

One team told us that they only have some training as the league, the cup competitions or tournaments take up many days in the week. They plan to train once a week and otherwise use the warm-up for the championship games as training.


What does a training session look like?

According to our research, a typical training session for ProClubs teams usually lasts between two and three hours.
Optimally, 22 players are needed for a training session to guarantee training games in the form of 11 vs 11. If you can't fill two teams, you can use the league system of FIFA 21, where you play against random teams. These can be strong enemies from the second league and upwards. As an alternative, you arrange with friendly teams and play against them.

At a training session, you first talk about the tactical instructions that should be implemented due to the training. Most of the time, we try to work on the mistakes of the games before. The goal is to improve each player step by step.
After a training session, the performance of each individual is evaluated and analysed. There is also a group session where the team can ask questions or make statements.
After that, the team managers sit down together and review the session. They then decide who will be nominated for the next match day.


Are moves being practised?

The tactical instructions that are discussed in the run-up to a training session usually include moves. The main focus is on the opponent's movements, which have been analysed beforehand. Some teams resort to video analysis, which is familiar with analogue football.
In the future, more training is to be done in the area of tactics by, among other things, explicitly addressing the running routes or positional play in various situations.


Are attack/defence trained together?


Attack and defence train together.
When it goes into a game form, i.e. 11 vs 11, the regular offence plays on one team, and the other team's common defence plays. This is used so that the defence can see the offence's weaknesses or mistakes and the same for the offence for the defence. This is used for internal analysis.


Do you address the fitness of the players in training?

Many of the ProClubs teams require physical as well as mental fitness. If this is lacking, there could be lapses in concentration.
Some teams generally assume that their players have a basic fitness level because they are also active in analogue soccer or play other sports.
It isn't easy to influence each individual's fitness, as a possible option is a home workout via Skype or Zoom.


Are different game situations (behind, leading, etc.) trained?

What do Manchester City, FC Bayern, FC Barcelona and many ProClubs teams have in common? They all try to make the ball and the opponent run.
We got more and more feedback during our research that they usually try to play on possession. If they are behind and there is not much time left on the clock, they naturally increase the opposing team's pressure. Or, in the case of a lead, they try to hold that result. These commands are communicated in the team chat and are also taken into account when reviewing a match.


Is there a support team (head coach, CO coach, ...)?

No team in the ProClubs scene is currently without a club manager, at least that was the feedback we received on this question.
In the teams, several team managers are responsible for different tasks. Whether responsible for the organisation and the appearance in the social media; as a coordinator of the offence or the defence or manager of the entire team, which prescribes the lineup, tactics or training operations. Many different tasks call for various offices to be filled. Being a team manager is one of the most critical jobs in a ProClubs team.

These positions in analogue football are usually filled by external people who have taken a degree in management or marketing or were former player of the club. 
While in analogue football, these positions are usually occupied by external people. People who have taken a degree in management and marketing or were former players of the club. The ProClubs teams typically fill these positions with their players.


Now we would like to thank the individual teams who have agreed to give us a brief insight into their teams. Thank you, and see you soon!