This week I spoke to Alf Galustian the co-founder of Coerver Coaching about coaching the individual in a team. He makes some great points that are vital to think about when you are coaching your players. Is each individual developing to be the best they can be? It’s not an easy question to answer.
During lockdown is a great time to use your time listening to advice from coaches like Alf. Last week I got together with Uefa Pro coach Keith Boanas who has coached men and women in the game. He talks about how to work on your coaching sessions to get a game plan for your players. Listen to A career in coaching to help you when you are working with your players.
When I am coaching I have a checklist of what I want my players to be able to do and something that brings out the creative side in them.
I work on a possession based game and sometimes you have to encourage players to adapt to this style of play for their own development. When possession is the focus in the youth system, players become superior in ball control, composure, and decision-making in their later years.
Practice is vital but always remember – a possession-based game will bear fruit even if at first winning takes a back seat.
10 things to work on in training
1. One and two touch
2. Keep the game simple
3. Keep the ball on the ground
4. Accuracy and quality of the pass
5. First touch into space
6. Perception and Awareness
7. 1v1 situations
8. Individual Transition
10. Be prepared to take risks
Try these sessions to help you cover the points:
Zonal keep ball gives attackers many opportunities to pass and receive the ball in a ‘live’ situation – great for working on technique and problem solving in a fun, quick-paced environment.
If you want your players to work on passing and receiving under pressure use Six-ball possession. Players learn to play away from pressure and to battle to keep possession. Extra pressure due to the clock. Transitions are quick and players are put in game like pressure scenarios.
Dave clarke asked Alf Galustian this question: "Bayern Munich has removed U9 and U10 teams and their academy will now start at U11. Is this a model other professional clubs should follow?" Find out what he thinks. Also session planning, what are the most important things to consider? We also discuss the current Covid restrictions and how we can help players to practice at home. MORE
In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Keith Boanas about dealing with coaching in the lockdown including keeping fit, the learning curve for coaches as well as players, sessions he has had published in Soccer Coach Weekly and Elite Soccer, his role with the Palace for Life Foundation, what skills a coach should be looking to learn from coach education and life as a published author. MORE
I was asked this week "how do I coach the false 9?". The false 9 is very much back in fashion as we can see lots of teams have gone back to playing 4-3-3 where the attacking players can switch positions in the attacking third of the pitch. MORE
At last an end is in sight to the sitting at home and meeting my team on Zoom twice a week. But what can I do with my players? There are no guidelines yet so I am waiting to see how this will all pan out. I know what to expect from my players, they will just want to play a game, score goals, make saves, cheer with each other, shout at each other and just generally get back to a normal world of all things football. MORE
Everyone finds it exciting when a player goes through 1 on 1 against the goalkeeper... if it's your attacker you are on the edge thinking this is it a goal, but if your team is defending you are looking for your goalkeeper to smother the shot. Attackers should score but often they will not due to a number of reasons like taking too long to shoot, missing the target, hitting the keeper with a shot and even slipping over. MORE
When you hear mentor's talking about getting your coaching point across to get the best out of your players, one of the ways to ensure all your players are tuning into your coaching is to use small-sided games. In these games you get a much clearer picture of which players are picking up on the coaching points you have been making. MORE