The 5-Minute Football Coach #29
Supporting runs, Squad size, First touch
Here are your highlights for this week:
Practice of the week
This practice is typically done with either passing into the end zone or dribbling into it. But here both are combined to encourage supporting runs, so defenders have to work on keeping up with whoever they are marking.
Topic of the week
Small-sided games are well known to improve player’s development. Which makes you wonder why in the UK we ask players as young as 12 to play 11v11 (or 9v9 for 10-year-olds). Apparently, most coaches find that weird too - click on the below to see the poll and ensuing discussion!
So it’s worth knowing that, in younger age groups at least, you can actually agree with other managers to play smaller squads for matches.
Video of the week
A reminder of the importance of the first touch, to create time!
I hope you enjoyed this. Have a great week!
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