Where I coach in the UK the youth game has been put on hold – we cannot train and we cannot play matches. How long that will last for is not entirely clear but it does mean that I am putting my coaching on hold. MORE
A winning mentality
Instilling a winning mentality in your team can result in a positive outcome on your results. Doing this can help players win their 1v1 duels. The practices in this coaching plan encourage both good defending, attacking and concentration skills.
What this session is about
- Winning your individual duels in the game.
- Playing 1v1.
- Playing against different types of opponent.
What to think about
The game of football is played in many formats from 11v11 to youth formats of 9v9, 7v7 and 5v5. However, when the referee starts the match, the game becomes a number of 1v1 duels between players on opposite teams that are directly playing against each other.
Players must apply themselves to winning their individual duels because this is a sign of playing well and dominating your opponent.
In doing this, the team has a better chance of doing well and getting a result from the match.
This domination, physically and mentally, will see your players impose themselves on the pitch, rather than simply “stopping” the opponent.
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What you get your players to do
Put players opposite each other, as shown in the top picture.
Players must react to your whistle and race to steal the bib from the top of the mannequin or pole.
Players must complete different types of exercise before racing. These can include:
1) Standing start, 2) Standing start facing away, 3) Sitting down, 4) Lying down facing forward, 5) Lying down facing away, 6) Complete a forward roll, 7) Both players start at the mannequin then run away to the outside line and back to the mannequin to grab the bib.
Players start in one of two lines at the corners of an area diagonally opposite each other.
To start, the defender (D) passes across to the attacker (A) and runs to defend 1v1.
The attacker must try to beat the defender and score past the goalkeeper. If the defender can win the ball, he can try to score in the opposite goal.
Ensure players face different opponents in order to take on different types of player that pose different problems to solve (different size, speed, strengths and weaknesses).
Two teams play three different five-minute games:
Each player must “man mark” a player on the opposition team. These players can only tackle each other in the game so winning the 1v1 duel is essential to the teams’ success. Other players are allowed to block shots and intercept passes but they must not tackle a player other than the one they are marking.
Players can only make tackles when they are inside their own half. This forces the team to quickly drop back and regain defensive shape when they have lost possession of the ball.
All restrictions from the previous games are dropped and teams play a small-sided game with normal rules. The score is kept in all three games. The team winning at the end of each five-minute game is awarded one set. The team that wins two sets is the winner. Use offside rules.