Here’s a common scenario for many coaches at the local or representative level.
Whether coaching a first or second team for the state or regional competition, coaches are often faced with a team whose young players don’t know each other, have never met, or have only met as opponents playing for their respective teams. In fact, training sessions are usually limited to a few ones before the team travels off to the state or regional playoffs.
For these limited training sessions, the best thing to do is always to have the simplest game plan possible. Keeping things as simple as possible means that the boys can focus more on playing during the match while giving each player the maximum playing time possible for their position.
Firstly, the few football training sessions must concentrate more on simplified decion making with their kicking, keeping in front of the ball, playing direct football, and getting to the goals as quickly as possible. After all, the best defence is a good offence. The same training applies to playing defence. These days a team defence holds up much better than 1on1 or individual defence.
Next, ask the boys/girls what position they played best or would prefer. Then, ask the boys to hold a poll in selecting their team captain. The first is done so the boys/girls get the message that everyone will be playing with the best possible time, while the second is meant to make everyone feel an important part of the team.
Before the game, pre-match instructions simply reinforced what was done and discussed during the team’s football training---like instructional reminders. It’s always good to break the focus points into 3 aspects of the game - Defence, Contest and Offence.
After the first quarter, these same instructions and reminders are reinforced, this time with an emphasis on those players who still had the “jitters” or feeling quite nervous. For the rest of the match, the same reinforcements are reminded, with praising and advice to players where necessary.
If done right, players will perform well and to their maximum abilities. Of course, if a player wishes to get serious on their playing careers and learn more “intricate” game plans, perhaps it’s time to consider getting a private football coach. Take your playing skills to the next chapter with One on One Football and search for a personal coach in your area.
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