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With the indoor season in full swing it was a very busy week. I coach five different teams that are divided into eight Futsal teams. The smaller teams give the players a lot of playing time but it makes for a lot of games to coach.
They’ve made great progress since the start of the season and some of them are incorporating great combination play along with excellent individual skills. It’s fun to see them pick up the concepts of the game that we’ve been working on so quickly and apply them in actual games.
This week’s question comes from Jeremy. He says:
“I’m trying to utilize the positional numbering system more. What I don’t understand, though, is how it accounts for all formations. It seems to be based on the 4-3-3”
Here’s the answer I sent him:
“The numbering system can be used for any formation with some adjustment. There are some standards that you can use to decide how to adjust them based on your formation.
The center backs are always 5 and 4 (left and right) but if you were playing three in the back you would call them 5, 6 and 4 because the #6 is considered the most defensive of the midfield three and plays the farthest back.
The number 3 and 2 are generally the farthest back on the outside.
The players farthest forward on the outside are your number 11 and 7. If you’re playing a 4-4-2 they would be outside mids rather than forwards. Number 10 and 9 would be the forwards with 6 and 8 playing in the middle.”
I talk about it in more detail on the show but that’s the basic idea of how the numbering system works.
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This week I layout how I plan my training for the indoor season. The concepts can be applied to the start of any season, indoor or outdoor.
With so much to cover before the start of games it’s important to give your players enough information to get started and then build from there throughout the rest of the season.
We’re all limited in the time we have with our teams. Hopefully this information will help you plan your upcoming season so that your players can hit the ground running.
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In the Next Episode
I’ll be taking the next two weeks off for the holidays but I have some topics for the new year that I’m really excited about. They include how to develop your own style of play, getting players to ‘play for each other’, scaling training sessions to fit the number of players you have and a lot more.
I hope you and your family have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
Could you post a video of the give and go passing square passing exercise?
I don’t have a video of that pattern but there is a diagram of it in the show notes.
I checked out the diagram but I am not sure where the players all go after making the various runs
The solid line indicate where the players move. The next phase rotation would start with Player B passing to Player D and Player A checking diagonally to complete the give and go.
Let me know if you have any other questions.