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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