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This week’s question is from Joey. I just received this question earlier in the week and thought that his question might help other coaches as well. He asks about when you should make a change to your tactics when you’re behind in a game.
“My question today is in regards to making in game adjustments. I coach a U15 boys tier 3 team & we had a quarter final cup game yesterday that my team lost 2-0.
We’re usually a high powered offensive team, but couldn’t seem to break the lines on this day. At what point should you realize as a coach, something needs to be changed ( formation, tactics) & what should you be looking at as a coach for signs something needs to be changed?
We were down 1-0 at half & about 20 min into the second half, they scored another. At that point, with 20 min left & us getting no quality chances (we play 40 min half’s) I put my CB up ST & was playing a 3-4-3 from 4-4-2 but still didn’t seem to make a difference though.”
On the show I talk about how you can decide WHEN to change and WHAT to change when you need to score to get back into the game.
In This Episode
This week I share a session that I’ve done a couple of time recently. It allowed me to complete the warm-up, technical exercises and small-sided game in one area. Doing this created a connection for the players as we moved through the session and made it easier for them to see how each part relates to the one before.
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In the next couple of weeks I have an interview with a coach and educator where we discuss differentiated coaching when you have a team of widely varied skill levels, a training session to teach your players to use the wide areas of the field and a look at the tryout process and how you can decide what to look for in a player. I’m not sure about the order I’ll release these episodes in but I have some interesting topics that I’m looking forward to sharing.
Very Good Thanks
As always, love the coaching education via the podcast. Rather than being a parasite, I thought I would again add a variation I have used with this. Page 8 of the show notes illustrates the Double Pass and Layoff. One simple variation that I have used to work on moving off the ball/timing runs is to have the player at the top left position of the inside 8yd. box make a run to the low right cone of the 8yd. box, while the player at that cone takes the space to the top left that was left open. This has them make angled runs as well as work on the timing of it, receiving it while moving and playing it off. Thanks again.
I like the added movement Mat.
Thanks for sharing!
after listening to this episode a few times, I reckon that there is an (optional) progression from the “Diagonal pass with layoff” to the SSG.
Check out the “Liverpool 4” sequence on Youtube by Lexington FC. It is like the Diagonal pass with layoff, except in free-form. Might be one for slightly older players (my U9s struggled with it.)
I could see that coming after using the Double Box as a warm-up.
Thanks for sharing!