The 5-Minute Football Coach #44
Ajax pass-and-move, Small-sided matches, Linking training to matches
Here are this week’s highlights:
⚽️ Practice of the week
A nice pass-and-run with layoffs drill from Ajax. Good for a technical warmup, all 1st- touch!
📖 Topic of the week
Back in 2003, Manchester United conducted a trial of playing 4v4 (rather than 8v8) matches - specifically at Under-9 academy level. Interesting experiment and the findings are worth going through.
The key points: more touches of the ball, more challenges, more fun for the players! But also less demanding physically (so just make the pitch bigger?).
More reasons to use small-sided games for training, rather than just drills or full-size matches.
💡 Idea of the week
A great tip I will keep in mind, not just to plan sessions but also when we talk to our players.
I hope you enjoyed this. Have a great week!
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