Sort out your match day tactics

The season has suddenly taken off again after 4 months of Coronavirus lockdown. I’ve been coaching for 14 hours for the last two weeks in an attempt to get the players back into some kind of shape for playing matches. It has its benefits but also it has a downside. Two of my players picked up injuries, one an ankle injury and the other had what he called “tired legs”.

Add into the mix one player who went dry sky slope skiing and fractured his wrist. Not an ideal start to match days.And on Saturday we started sluggishly and found ourselves 4-1 down before half time. At that point we had a little chat about what we were doing right and what was going wrong. All my players had ideas about the game and why we were losing and what they would do to put it right.

They played a fantastic second half and ran out 5-4 winners and they were thrilled that they had played so well. It was all down to their ability to analyse what was going wrong and how to change that. One of the things I did with them was to remind them of their positions on the pitch and to swap a couple of players around so they were jolted into thinking about where they were on the pitch and how they were playing.

Try a couple of my sessions below to help you get your players into shape for playing matches.

Keep players up to date with the shape you want your players to keep during matches. Team shape – pass from the back is a great game to play that gets players alert to the ball from the back.

If you have younger players make sure their techniques are up to scratch before you go into matches with Dribble the ball 5 yards and score. This works for other techniques as well – try my session for Running with the ball.

Finally Beat two and score is a dream practice for players who love to show off their skill and dribbling ability. Players must compete to dribble outside the opponent’s end line and into a second 1v1 situation where a quick change of direction can give them the opportunity to shoot.

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