Category Archives for General Coaching

Game Related Scenarios

By Sean Reed –

For this session I have decided to focus on the creating scenarios for the players. Place them in situations, which will challenge them, require them to work together in order to plan and solve problems.

Set Up – Scenario 1
• 2 teams (can be with any number of players
• Team 1(Black Bibs) have 8 players
• Team 2 (Red Bibs) have 7 players

You create the scenario: Team 2 has had an injury or a player sent off

• Team 1 with more players is 2-1 down and they have to win
• Team 2 with less players is 2-1 up and they can’t afford to lose, but can either win or draw
• Provide the teams with 30 secs – 1 min to plan how they choose to manage the game
• The game is 10 mins
• After the game the teams can reflect • Then the situations for the team are switched round

Some Coaching Points
• How each team sets up
• How the team plans to manage the period of time
• The response if the score line changes
• Players communicating and working together

Set Up – Scenario 2
• As with the previous session
• On this occasion the team with more players is 3-1 down, but they can afford to win or draw, just not lose
• The team with a player less is 3-1 up and must win
• Split the game into 2x periods (i.e. 5 mins each), which then allows the team to re-group after the 1st period

Some Coaching Points
• As with the previous session
• Using the time available
• Managing situations – if the score line changes
• Managing the emotions and the supporting of players
• Being brave when required

By Sean Reed
Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

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Color Passing and Movement

By David Johnson

This session will focus on players thinking before the ball is passed and moving without the ball to open space.   Following a color sequence predetermines the passing but movement is player driven.  The players should open up to the passer as well as be in a position to pass immediately the next player in the pattern.   1-2 touch is the objective with constant ball movement and communication.

Set Up
Using the set up as above. 4 cones are placed in a diamond shape 10-12 yards apart.   4 players each wearing a different color practice jersey start at each cone.  1 player starts with 1 ball.

The coach calls out a color pattern such as RED, GREEN, YELLOW, BLUE.   This indicates to the players the order in which the ball must be passed to each player.  So the RED players passes to GREEN and then GREEN passes to YELLOW, and then YELLOW passes to BLUE.  The last color in the sequence then passes to first color to start the pattern again.  So in this example BLUE would pass to RED to start the pattern again.   The excrise begins with no player movement as the ball just passes around based on the color pattern.   The coach should change the color pattern every 45-60 seconds to make players adjust to new angles.

After the ball is passed the passer must switch with the player on any other cone except the player that just received the ball.  So if RED passes to GREEN then RED must switch with either YELLOW or BLUE.  This requires thoughtful movement of the players without the ball.  Now the ball might be passed to a player on the move between cones.  This creates much more game like dynamics.

Only have 3 players on the 4 cones.  The movement after the pass is then to the open cone.  The color pattern is then only 3 colors.

Coaching Points
– Open up to accept the pass and be ready to send it to the next color in the pattern.
– Ensure players are receiving the ball with the correct foot to ensure position to shield the ball from the defense
– A passive defender can be added to the middle of the diamond

By David Johnson

David Johnson has been a high school coach for more than 20 years.