Make a difference at half-time

How often are you winning at half-time only to throw the game away because your players are not sure what to do? Should they go for another goal or shore up the defence?

When it comes to tactics being in front or behind by the odd goal can be a difficult one. If you’re 1-0 down you dont want to be gung ho about it because there is only one goal in it but you need to try something to change the scoreline.

When my Under 9s team were 1-0 down at half-time last week I asked them what they needed to do. “Attack” they said, so they did. The game ended 2-2 but they nearly won it near the end.

Players need the confidence to change their tactics which is down to the coach. Let the players think about the problem they face and sort it out themselves it helps them to focus on what needs to be done to win the game.


IF YOU’RE 1-0 UP: You don’t want to give a goal away, so why not go for a counterattacking style and let opponents make the mistakes that your team can exploit. When a team is 1-0 up at half-time they need a tactic that will help them score again but has good defensive qualities so the opposition have less chance of equalising.

IF YOU’RE 1-0 DOWN: You have to be more attacking in the first 10 minutes of the second half, so move a player up front and get some balls in behind the defence to try to cancel out the goal. If you’re 1-0 down at half-time you have to be more attacking in the second half. This session will help your team adopt a more attacking mindset without overcommitting up front.

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