A coach must have a good eye. Before he starts a training session a coach must think carefully about what he wants to achieve. Most essentially he wants to improve the soccer performance of his players. Performance can best be analysed under match conditions where players are confronted with a wide range of different situations.
The coach must have an eye for these situations. He must be able to isolate the soccer problems which arise and he must then consider how he can deal with them in the next training session.
For new coaches an 11 v 11 match contains so many different incidents that it is impossible to abstract the most important shortcomings (soccer problems)It is therefore easier to read a game in which fewer players participate. Games of 4 v 4 are suitable for this purpose especially in the case of young players but the 7v7 also offer the trainer sufficient opportunity to identify soccer problems.
Such games can also be played during training sessions. In small sided games soccer problems become much clearer for both the coach and his players.
A SIMPLE AID TO READING THE GAME IS TO SUBDIVIDE IT 3 MAIN SITUATIONS:
Players must be aware of what they have to do in each of these three situation. A NUMBER OF GENERAL PRINCIPLES apply to each of them and can serve as guidelines for the players We will focus on the three main game situations:
2. OPPONENTS IN POSSESSION
The team’s game plan will not be achieved if a foul is committed so avoid conceding free kicks.
3. Change of possession: the moment when the ball is lost or won.
The player who is nearest the ball attempts to stop it being played forward by pressuring the player on the ball so that he will play it ,square hold, run with ,it play it back etc.
Winning the Ball
Lastly teammates of the player with the ball must take initiatives by anticipating where the ball will go making dummy runs to draw attention away from teammates.
Durban Africa Sports Club, Executive members, BABES GOVENDER