Young players will always copy their heroes on the pitch but sometimes they copy the bad things as well as the good MORE
My players cannot grasp the concept of ‘getting goal side’
This is a difficult concept for some of our younger players to understand, but it’s nothing you can’t master. My advice would be to break it down, as I always find it helps to try to sum up football terminology in one sentence.
So where ‘getting goal side’ is concerned, explain it in its simplest sense: just instruct the defender to get himself in between the attacker he is marking and the goal. Maybe tell your players to think of it like a burger – the goal and the attacker represent the burger bun, while you are the actual piece of meat in the middle… the important bit! Explain what getting goal side achieves – essentially, it’s the concept of blocking the attacker from getting to the goal.
And explain too the cost of not managing to get goal side – simply, the attacker has a clear path to goal and that ultimately means a clear goal scoring chance. This is what we want to prevent.
As always, practice makes perfect, but using fun terminology (such as the example of a burger) should make players view the concept in a light-hearted way.