The extra time I had gave me the opportunity to observed SPORTING KC Academy Sessions. The quality of the players is obviously very high but what struck me most was the attention to detail from the coaching staff and the high expectations they held the players to.
It’s easy to set up the activities and environments they create but that’s pointless without the focus and precision they demand of the players.
My teams are back to training this week in preparation for start of our Futsal season this weekend. I’ve been focused on individual ball control and possession with my youngest team and more on structure and patterns of play with the older ones. There are times I’ll do the same things with all of my teams but ask more of the older players. This season I looked closely at what each group needed and tailored the session to them.
David says, “I have always been told by excellent coaches the key to their success is teaching players how to identify and create 2v1 attacking situations. This make sense but I struggle to understand what to tell the kids and how to show them to do it. Do you have any advice?”
Thanks for the question David!
I would start by playing 2 v 1 with the attacking players trying to finish into a small goal. This gives you the opportunity to coach all of the important concepts of this situation (ie. dribble at the defender, angle of second attacker, movement options, etc). Then I’d change to 3 v 2 and show the players how they can create a 2 v 1 by taking the ball at one of the defenders with the support of the second attacker. Continue to build up and finish with an even-sided game and see if the players are able to find the 2 v 1’s.
If you see it, call it out, “That’s a 2 v 1.”, until the players start to see them on their own.
In This Episode
As I’ve discussed before, the teams in our club play Futsal during the winter months. If you’re not familiar with Futsal, it’s a 5-a-side game with four field players and a goalkeeper. Very effective Futsal teams are able to stay very compact defensively. The session I’ll share today gives you the opportunity to coach all of the keys to playing a tight, compact defense that will be very difficult to score against.
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Next week I’ll share some of the activities I’m using to train the players to attack effectively in Futsal.