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Now that we’ve been playing for more than a month of the season I have an update on Episode 58 where I talked about formations for 9 v 9 soccer.
I had originally thought I’d go with the 3-1-3-1 or 3-2-3 I ended up taking the advice of our club’s technical staff and have been using the 4-3-1 formation.
At the start of the episode I talk about why I’ve done this and why I think it was the right choice.
I had a question recently about recovery sessions. The question was specifically about high school age teams but it got me thinking because my teams have a tournament coming up this weekend and also because of my discussion with Terry about their crazy high school schedule and their need to incorporate recovery into their training plan.
I’ll share my ideas on:
- Who needs recovery sessions?
- Why do players need them?
- Are they different for younger and older players?
- When to do a recovery session?
- What should be included in training session focused on recover?
Since most youth coaches only have their players for two or three sessions a week you might have never considered recovery sessions to be important. You have to remember that mental recovery from the stress of training and playing is just as important as physical recovery. Giving your players a break from the normal training routine can revitalize them and make them more receptive to what you have to teach them in the coming weeks.
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Next week I’ll discuss the importance of motivation in player development. I’ll talk about the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, the importance of engaging your players in the process and how you can help to bring out the best in all of your players even though they each may have a different approach to learning.
tom, is there any special training you do with players to prepare them to execute the 4-3-1 system?
thanks for ALL the great advice
I did a session where we started with diamond passing in the area in front of goal, then played added a goalkeeper and had the ball played back to the GK to switch it to the other diamond (switching fields). We then slowly added defenders to pressure the players as they tried to possess the ball out of the back and work it toward the forward.
This helped give them the ideas but playing games in the formation has been the best teacher. You just can’t cover every situation in training.