THE ART OF COACHING SOCCER: Manipulating the variables to create different learning outcomes.
As coaches it is all too easy to complain about the conditions with are presented with. Maybe we have too many players, perhaps we have too few players. Maybe the space is too small or we do not have 2 full sized goals to work. But a part of the art of coaching soccer is to manipulate the variables at our disposal to create the learning outcomes we desire. In this session Francisco works with common elements – the same field size, the same number of players etc – and shows that by changing the rules of our game we can coach a variety of topics.
Francisco covers the following areas:
- Playing through the midfield. Helping a team that is having trouble playing a progressive possession game.
- Playing direct to the strikers to avoid midfield.
- Pressure to regain possession. Helping a team improve the mentality of aggressively winning the ball back and building their confidence that they can do so.
- Creating superiority in numbers. Helping a team understand the importance of creating overloads and letting them see how successful this can be if they do so.
- Keeping the team compact. The best teams tend to be very compact in both the defensive and offensive phases. Youth teams, by contrast, can be very disconnected. Francisco helps address this.
This is not a regular training session so there is no warm up or progression but any part of this practice could be incorporated into your session to achieve your intended goals.
Coaches need to be creative as conditions are seldom optimal. A part of the art of soccer coaching is manipulating parameters to achieve your learning outcomes. Hopefully, In this session Francisco provides a little food for thought as to how this might be achieved.