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This week I discovered that the training session I did on give-and-goes helped my young players better understand how to stay onside. The coaching point for the wall passer is to stay on the shoulder of the defender. This creates an angle to receive and pass around the defender.
When one of my players was offside a couple of times during the game I told him to, ‘Stay on the shoulder of the defender until the ball is played just like in the give-and-go.’ You could almost see the light bulb go on over his head!
The rest of the game I could see the players watching the defender and moving to stay on his shoulder. They weren’t always able to say onside but they understood what they were trying to do.
The discovery of this ‘crossover’ effect was exciting because I would never spend a training session working on staying onside but being able to relate the work on give-and-goes to staying onside made that session more than twice as effective.
Adjustments to Small-Sided Game
Small-sided games are an important part of our training sessions. They help to create the link between the technical and tactical work we do with our teams and the games they play on the weekend. Using different rules and adjustments to your small-side games will help your players to focus on the aspects of the game you’re trying to teach. This week I share many of the ways that I adjust my small-sided games to get the most out of them.
- Limit Touches
- One after Two
- Fake Each Time
- One/Two/Fake before Two
- Only Count One Touch
- Require touches
- Five each time
- Dribble Forward – Pass Back
- Anson Dorrance
- Sprint After Pass
- Any Direction
- For 1-2
- For Overlap
- Drop Off
- Match Up
- Sprint around
- No Talking
Shape of the Field
Short and Wide
Long and Narrow
- a. Throw in
- b. Kick in
- c. Coach
- d. Balls on Cones
- e. Always with GK
- f. High Ball
- g. Corner
- h. Numbered Sprints
- Different Ball
- Soccer Ball, Futsal Ball, Kick Ball
- Colored Balls
- Red-Two Touch
- Blue-One Touch
- Headbands Instead of Vests
Checkout Brazilian Training Games for even more great ideas for small-sided games.
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What the mean of fake each time
A feint or move each time they have the ball.
Can you give a picture of “staying on the shoulder”?
Here’s a link that shows how it applies to the give-and-go: http://www.footy4kids.co.uk/Give_and_go.htm#
‘X’ is on the shoulder of ‘O’ in the diagram.
This applies equally to staying onside.
Hi Tom. I am about to conduct my very first training session. I was wondering if you could do an episode that might focus on what a beginner coach should begin with in terms of getting to know players and setting up exercises.
I covered some of those ideas in Episode #21. I outlined the sessions I used in a one week preseason camp. You could do the same sessions spread out over the first couple of weeks of training.
I hope this helps!