'Soccer In Your Area' January 2010 - Issue 1 : Page 14

NOT IN POSSESSION, GET IN POSITION By Ray Alley Most coaches spend a lot of time training players with the soccer ball. That is very important, and also very necessary as a player must develop skills with the ball and a comfortable feeling with the soccer ball in his/ her possession. However, many coaches neglect to teach their players what they should do when they do not have possession of the ball. That is a big mistake because during the course of a game each player on the field will be without the soccer ball far longer than they will have it in their posses‐ sion. There is a good soccer saying that will never let you down. "When not in possession, get in position." That calls for players off the ball to move. Move to support the player with the ball. Move to receive a ball which you can run onto. Move to drag the defender out of an area and create space for a teammate to use. Don’t stand and watch. People who stand and watch are called specta‐ tors. You don’t want to be a spectator.....you are a player! On the other hand, as a coach you don’t want your players to run helter‐ skelter all over the field. Movement should have a purpose, and while it is important for coaches to allow players to think and make decisions, good movement can be taught. Don’t just tell a player to move here or there. Tell then why those are the best kind of runs. Teach them that those runs have purpose. How many of you have seen a player win a ball at midfield, and everyone on the team runs away from him/her screaming for a pass? Happens more times than we like to admit. The use of four‐corner grids is great to teach supportive runs. Shadow training, without defense, or with limited opposition, allows players with and without the ball to coordinate, or choreograph possession and movement off the ball. What you do on one part of the field may not be the same as what you would want your players to do in another part. Teach them.....then let them play! ROLES OF A CAPTAIN To be a successful team you need players of good quality, good training and one magical ingredient, a player of genuine inspiration, a true leader; A captain.‐ pepe The Captain is the Coaches ears and eyes. He is the closest to the action and is expected to keep the team motivated on the field. This is why a manager and his captain have the closest relationship, they simply have to operate on the sae wavelength.‐ Derek, ft Lauderdale To become a great Captain you have to be the main person! You must be the first player on the team sheet. Ensure your work rate, commitment and talent can never be bettered by another player in your team. ‐ Jp Miami A good Captain should never rule by shouting, this can ruin players confidence and turn them against you. Instead, encourage and moti‐ vate your team mates. Leave harsh words and team telling offs to the Coach! The performance of a Captain should never dip, you should work and play hard even if you lose, be able to walk off the field knowing that you could not have given anymore. ‐YPYouth Players If you are a Coach and can share any soccer tips, techniques and advice,; please send info to admin@almsports.com (Subject: coaching corner) EDGAR DAVIDS TEACHES DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD

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