"Muscles" asked what our coaches do differently-
Good question. I spoke with the coaches about this, and they feel it has to do more with the style of play than conditioning. (I find it interesting that they don't think they do much conditioning. I think that's because a lot of what they do involves the ball). They said the South American/European players are trained to avoid direct confrontation, and it is "instinct" to jump out of the way to avoid a slide tackle or collision. My interpretation of this is it is that it involves both outstanding agility, and an intense knowledge of the game. Like Vern always says, personal training is not coaching.