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  1. 1. SoccerCoachWeekly Issue 276 Wednesday, August 8, 2012 TOOLS, TIPS AND TECHNIQUESPossession squares David Clarke Head Coach, Soccer Coach WeeklyHow to perfect the art of keeping the ball Inner square 5yds teams must Soccer isn’t always difficult to work out – when each buildyour team has the ball the opposition can’t hurt a passingyou. So retaining possession means protecting sequenceyour team. 30yds before Of course, ensuring players keep hold of the ball releasingis never easy, so here’s a session that I guarantee the ball towill help. It’s based on a game Barcelona play outer squarecalled ‘Rondo’ – try it out. playersHow to play it 5yds• Create a 40x40-yard square with a 30x30-yardsquare inside it. 5yds 30yds 5yds• Split your squad into three teams – fourplayers in each team. The task is• Two teams, both with a ball, go in the inner made moresquare, with the other team in the outer square. difficult with• Each team must make a minimum of three only onepasses before playing to the team in the outer ball, which issquare. There, two passes must be made before contested bythe ball is returned back inside. If a pass is the middlesuccessfully made back to the starting team, a teamspoint is scored.• Players must concentrate on passing andmoving into space, always attempting to makethe task easier for team mates, particularly giventhat two teams are trying to achieve the sametask.• After 10 minutes, remove one of the ballsso that inner square teams now run this as anopposed task. And moving on again in• And after a further 10 minutes, introduce the difficulty, redscondition that outer circle players must attempt topass to an opposition player when the ball is sent must passback into the central area. Now, the team that the ball to thepassed out must intercept the ball coming back in opposite teamif they are to score a point. who fed it outTechnique and tactics• This is a match-realistic session that requiresa good first touch, excellent positional awarenessand good passing.• Look for players to adjust the way they playas the challenge gets more difficult with eachprogression. player movement ball movement SoccerCoachWeekly Essential tools for your team 1
  2. 2. Wednesday, August 8, 2012 SoccerCoachWeekly WARM UP1v1 continuous warm-up Michael Beale Premier League Academy soccer coachHow to play it: After scoring, the attacker• Set up a 20x20-yard playing area, as shown, returns to thewith target goals. The box in the middle is four centre andyards square. begins a new• An attacker starts in the middle zone; the attackfour defenders each protect a goal. 20yds• The attacker has a choice of which defenderto attack.• He must dribble towards goal and attemptto score.• If successful, he returns to the middle zone,collects a ball, and attacks another goal.• If the defender manages to stop the player,he runs into the middle zone, collects a ball and 20ydsattacks the goal of his choice. The player whopreviously attacked replaces him in the goal.• The practice is continuous and can be But this timeplayed with additional players starting in the his shot ismiddle for increased intensity. saved• Play for 10 minutes.Technique and tactics:• Always remind the attacker that he has thefreedom to choose which goal he attacks, butmust be decisive and clever to maximise hisopportunity.• Players will soon learn that defending wellgives them the chance to attack and score.• Similarly, the attacker won’t want to takeon risky shots at goal for fear of becoming adefender, so this warm-up encourages playersto do the simple things well. Now the players swap, with the defender becoming the GREAT attacker, and vice versa FOR STAMINA! player movement run with ball shot Soccer Coach Weekly is published by Green Star Media Ltd, Meadow View, Tannery Lane, Bramley, Guildford, GU5 0AB, UK. Email: Tel: +44 (0)1483 892894 Head Coach: David Clarke Editor: James Evans Publisher: Kevin Barrow Managing Director: Andrew Griffiths Customer Service: Duncan Heard Designer: Steve Southern Contributors: William Banforth, Michael Beale, David Lewis, William McEldery, Jay Motion, Steve Watson © Green Star Media Ltd. All rights reserved. SoccerCoachWeekly Essential tools for your team 2
  3. 3. Wednesday, August 8, 2012 SoccerCoachWeekly FOOTY4KIDSBeep beep Steve Watson Editor, This simple little game is excellent Using only afor improving the co-ordination and cone, playersbalance of very young players. It also ‘steer’ their wayhelps them get used to finding space around the areaand changing direction. I find it bestfor players aged between four andeight years old.How to play it• This game uses the whole team.Each player will need a flat cone and,eventually, a ball.• Create a playing area big enoughfor all your players to move around infreely.• Give each player a flat cone tohold. They are told to pretend that theyare cars and the cone is their steeringwheel. They must alert• Begin the game by telling your team matesplayers to move in different ways Beep, beep! who ‘drive’ tooaround the playing area - forwards, close to themwith little steps, big steps, hop, movesideways, go backwards, etc.• Encourage your players to keep Beep, beep!their heads up so that each avoidscrashing his car. Tell him to use hishorn and go “beep, beep” if another‘car’ comes too close.Advancing the session• Progress the game by givingplayers a ball each. Now, they dribblethe ball around in the grid, againtrying to avoid ‘crashing’ into anotherplayer. Now with footballs atTechnique and tactics their feet, the• Encourage players to move around principles ofthe grid with their heads up and look the task movefor spaces to move into. into a dribbling• Tell them they can avoid crashing gametheir car by always being aware oftheir own positions and those of theirteam mates. GET YOUR S R YOUNGSTE ! SMILING player movement run with ball SoccerCoachWeekly Essential tools for your team 3
  4. 4. Wednesday, August 8, 2012 SoccerCoachWeekly TOUCHLINE TALESRed carding a parent? David Clarke Head Coach, Soccer Coach Weekly Have you ever had to deal with a parent keeping your eye on this ‘problem’”. As for John’s dad, under nowho was so aggressive you had to take him I reacted only by explaining it was a fair circumstances can I accept this sort ofto one side and threaten to expel him and tackle. But then a similar incident followed behaviour at my coaching sessions. I toldhis child from your team? soon afterwards, and this time it was a foul. him I would ban him if it happened again. He This week I had to do exactly that. Two Before I could stop play John’s dad was accepted he had crossed the line and hasplayers in my team had been winding each on the pitch pacing towards Peter. I had promised to remain calm in future.other up in school, and although I knew they to intervene, calm him down and get him John is a great player and an asset tohad history, there were never any problems off the pitch. I’m not sure what would have the club but if I did ban his dad he is likelythat spilt over into the team... until one of happened had I not managed to keep his to leave. Yet it is in the best interests of thethe dads got involved, that is. dad at arm’s length. club to reprimand a parent if something like A relatively innocuous incident in training this happens. Under no circumstances canwas enough to make the whole thing repeated aggressive parental behaviour be “No, no, no,” shouted his dad,explode. John and Peter (not their real overlooked; it sets a ridiculous example. Innames) were on opposing teams in the “I’m not having that! Free the end, the team is more important than thesmall-sided game we were playing. The kick! You should be keeping individual, even when – such as in this case –former had already scored two great goals your eye on this ‘problem’”. you’re talking about one of your best players.– much to his watching dad’s delight. When Football is often about making toughhe tried nutmegging Peter there was an We got to the end of training with no decisions, but the best way to avoid themuntidy coming together, from which Peter further incidents, but when Peter’s dad is to be open and upfront, and to nip stuffemerged with the ball. came to pick him up, I told him there was in the bud before it escalates. Now I’ve just “No, no, no,” shouted his dad, “I’m friction and it would need to be sorted at got to get Peter and John getting on – wishnot having that! Free kick! You should be some point. me luck!7 secrets in soccer language Steve Watson Editor, The way you give instructions and 2. Avoid long words non-verbal. Children are very good at readingfeedback is crucial. Choosing the wrong Do your players actually understand non-verbal messages so it’s important tomoment to speak or using inappropriate it when you say: “I want you to be more make sure your body language matches whatlanguage can be worse than saying consistent” or “we have to take every you are saying. Asking players what theynothing at all. opportunity to attack”? think about something is great, but if you’ve got your arms crossed it implies you’re not1. Avoid jargon Remember the established coaching that bothered about the answer. principle of K.I.S.S (‘Keep it simple, stupid’), Phrases such as “find space”, “man on”, You can also learn a lot from the body and don’t use long words when talking to“hold” and “relax” may make sense to you, language of your players. For instance, abut do they compute in the mind of a seven- your players. player with an open posture who makes eyeyear-old? 3. Check understanding contact with you probably understands what Instead of using football jargon, think and listen actively you are saying.about what you’re trying to say and what the When you’ve given an instruction or 6. Ask open questionsconcept actually looks like. explained a skill or technique, check your So, for instance, rather than “closing Don’t give players the answer and always players have understood you. The easiestdown”, why not simply say “get close”? phrase a question so it cannot be answered way to do this is to get them to repeat the with a straight “yes” or “no”. instruction back to you, in their own words. 4. Apply new rules for 7. Set an example very young players Finally, never forget that you are a role model and your players will assume the way If you coach two- to four-year-olds, your you speak is the right way. So always be Poor choice of words needs to take into account delivery of polite and respectful when talking to your instructions the fact that they might not be able to players and when referring to their parents can be a real understand even very basic spatial concepts turn-off for and match officials. such as “behind” or “next to”. And they may players Never swear, don’t make derogatory have difficulty following instructions that have remarks based on gender, and never joke more than two parts. about personal characteristics in any way. 5. Talking is not the only tool Taking these factors into account will According to research published by the speed your players’ learning and make you a Forensic Examiner, 90% of communication is more effective youth soccer coach. SoccerCoachWeekly Essential tools for your team 4
  5. 5. Wednesday, August 8, 2012 SoccerCoachWeekly SMALL-SIDED GAMEThree-goal 3v3 Michael Beale Premier League Academy soccer coach This game improves man-to-man marking, Four teamshelps in tracking runners, dealing with players are on thedribbling in a 1v1, sliding across to assist team pitch. Themates and much more. white team 25yds attacks theHow to play it bottom goals• Create an area measuring 30x25 yards, asshown. There are six target goals and one ball.• Split your players into four teams, with the‘resting’ teams working as goalkeepers for thetwo teams that are playing.• The ball is served to one of the outfield 30ydsteams. They can attack any of the three goals.• If a goal is scored, the scoring team takes a Play is turnedrest in goal, otherwise let the game flow. over and the• Continue to rotate teams so that each has a black teamchance to play against the other three. counter-• Play for 10 minutes. Which team can score attacks andthe most goals in that time? scoresTechnique and tactics• For defenders, the player nearest the ballmust pressure, while team mates must get intosupporting positions.• As well as stopping shots, defending teamsmust be aware of forcing play backwards orsideways. Here, two• You should look for attackers to switch teamsthe ball from side to side to make the most of switch. Greysavailable space. and whites become keepers while reds battle blues MULTIPLE S in the centre T OPPONEN MEAN MULTIPLE S E CHALLENG player movement ball movement run with ball shot player movement ball movement run with ball shot SoccerCoachWeekly Essential tools for your team 5 20yds
  6. 6. Wednesday, August 8, 2012 SoccerCoachWeekly YOUR SAYSCW Surgery TACKLED: Long ball gameThis week Should we teach and encourage young players to play the longDaniel McEldery ball game in matches?Dublin BoysQ A number of teams in our league cheat – shirt-pulling, YES NOdiving, constant appealing... thelot. Last season I saw some of William Banforth Jay Motionmy lads adopting the ‘if you can’t Yale Youth Hampton Juniorsbeat them, join them’ approach.How can I ensure they don’t start “I can stomach the accusation of “Teams who play long ball arethe new season off with this same playing “anti-football” when I see generally those who ‘play to win’mindset? Lok Jonz, London my lads beaming as they walk off the rather than ‘play to learn’. It’s aA There are, sadly, many youth pitch, having used the long ball game clear statement that the approach football teams who are to great effect and come away with doesn’t matter as long as the endencouraged to cheat by coaches all three points.” result is right.”whose only objective is to winmatches. And they don’t care how Is there a law against playing long balls? Going direct is channelling time andthey do it. No, so my recommendation is that a coach energy into a way of playing that stifles the Unfortunately, regarding the foul gives it as much attention as any other creative talents of players. Any team in theplay, there is no point in complaining attacking approach given that at some point world can play a long ball game – it’s simplyto the match official even if you were every team has the need for it – in the dying a case of instructing a defender to punt theallowed to. He can only give what he seconds of a game they are trailing in, for ball forward. Creativity and ingenuity is what issees. instance. At the end of the day the purists will going to create the next golden generation of You could always have a ‘chat’ with tell you we should be constructing intricate player, and for as long as they’re putting theirthe opposition coach about his team’s passing moves from one end of the pitch to the laces through balls to get play forward quickly,cheating after the game. This is a bit other, but that’s neither realistic nor fair on the they’re not experiencing what it is to play theof a high-risk strategy (depending on players. game with invention and big he is) but it’s worth doing. You have to use whatever principle works Kids are the first to comment on howLook him in the eye and ask him if to the advantage of your side. If you have “boring” the game is when it’s long ball.he noticed what his players were two beanpole strikers, why on Earth would you Midfielders, in particular, are bypassed in muchdoing. Keep your cool and have the insist that everything has to arrive at them on of what they do, yet those in other positionsconversation away from everyone else. the deck? also quickly grow tired of the monotony that You won’t change his attitude but I hear coaches complaining about other such a style least you will have made him aware teams playing the long ball game against Many players don’t like heading the ballthat you are not impressed. them in league matches, yet in my mind until a certain age when they feel confident But the best way to counter cheats they should be thanking them! It’s no less a and comfortable, particularly when it’sis to always play fair, no matter what test for their defenders and goalkeeper than coming at them from long distance. Coachesthe provocation. any other type of opposition attack. Dealing should be giving kids the choice of whether they Make sure your players know that with the long ball requires bravery, timing want to contest headers, yet there’s little choiceyou are not concerned with the final of headers, organisation and more. It also if a long ball game is the only forward method.result, just the way they play. provides a good opportunity for players to Teams who play long ball are generally practise the offside trap. those who ‘play to win’ rather than ‘play to I’ve been told for years that ‘footballing learn’. It’s a clear statement that the approachTACKLED: Results sides’ would overtake all others, yet it doesn’t matter as long as the end result is hasn’t happened. It proves that pretty right. To me, that’s not what youth football football doesn’t have to be the only style that should be about.Here’s the result of the poll we makes kids feel they are competitive and they Anyway, most young kids can’t actuallyran in Soccer Coach Weekly 274 can achieve something. I can stomach the play ‘the long ball game’, so why are weasking if you thought summer soccer accusation of playing “anti-football” when I see persisting with it? For it to be deemed atournaments were worth the effort. my lads beaming as they walk off the pitch, success, a pass needs to land on target, and having used the long ball game to great effect expecting a 12-year-old to achieve that with a YES and come away with all three points. flighted ball from 40 yards is slightly ridiculous. 27% NO PUT IT TO THE VOTE: Which of our guest coaches do you agree with? Visit our 73% Facebook page or email your thoughts to David Clarke at SoccerCoachWeekly Essential tools for your team 6