This is the first of The Youth Coaching Series E-Books designed for coaches operating at the youth level. This e-book provides coaches of U11and U12 a comprehensive plan in how progressively teach youth players how to build play from the back in the 9v9 game format.
GAME SITUATION Duration: 15 m Area Size 40x30 Players: 12 ORGINAZATION 4v3 to advance the ball on two goals Set up a 40x30 field with 2 parallel wide goals. Teams take turns in attacking and defending. The team in possession (4 players) plays against 3 players Play starts with a central player(4). The team in possession will try to score a goal on the opposite net. When the attacking team looses possession, or finishes with a shot on goal, the defending team will attack 3 players of the attacking team. (3v3) 9 would not be involved Coaching Points Quality of passes Receiving the ball facing the target 9 to time runs to receive the ball Players to keep triangle shape Players to look for clear passing lanes to advance the ball. Supporting runs FINAL GAME Duration: 25 m Area Size 3/4 Field Players: 15 ORGINAZATION 9v6 Blue Team(9 Players) : 1 keeper, 3 defenders, 2 wide players, 2 central midfielders and a striker play against the Red Team (6 Players) 1 central defender, 2 central midfielders, 2 wide players GAME SITUATION Duration: 15 m Area Size 40x30 Players: 12 ORGINAZATION 4v2 to advance the ball on two goals Divide field in 2 zones Players in 5 groups: (Attackers) A-B-C-F and (Defenders ) D. The central player initiates a 3v1. The objective is for the 3 players to advance the ball to F and after the pass, to provide support to score on any of the two goals. Coaching Points Quality of passes Receiving with the body open towards the target 9 to time runs to receive the ball Time of the supporting run/Communication and 1 central striker. Field is divided in 5 zones and . (At the beginning) players must stay in their zone. Play starts with the goalkeeper in team blue. Team blue will try to score on any of the two goals, by building from the back If red wins the ball, they can attack the goal to score. Condition A goal can only be score after striker in D receives the ball Coaching Points Moving the ball forward safely. Provide supporting options to the ball carrier. Quality passes and safety is key Receiving the ball facing the direction of the opposition goal Create a diamond shape around the ball Note: Players must be encouraged to use the goalkeeper if necessary when trying to come out of the back 40
Shadow Play Shadow play is a training activity used by coaches as a tool to teach the team attacking or defending schemes of play. It allows players to practice the technical/tactical requirements of a particular phase of play with no pressure. It gives the coach the opportunity to show his players, collective movements and options that can be used to achieve a pre-determined team play objective. The danger with this activity, is that coaches might over coach, with the consequence of loss of interest and focus from the players .Shadow play should be presented from time to time, making it progressively more demanding and complex. Conditions can be used to obtain a desired outcome. For this reason, I have included as an introduction, technical exercises before the actual “Shadow Play” to generate repetition of specific movements and techniques. The coach can also start with a mix of exercises and shadow play activities as per “Gag Methodology”. and allow play to evolve. What follows are 4 shadow play sessions. Each session has 3 exercises and 3 shadow play activities including a final game. This is only a starting point, and I encourage coaches to tweak activities if necessary. 41