The 10 has received the ball on the half-turn and beaten the Blue #6 ... How quickly they make a decision in these areas can be critical. Where do you go? A, B, C, or D? (consider Blue response to Red movement patterns)
Our perspective as coaches is often different. Whether it be from the sideline or the stands. What the player sees at eye-level presents a completely different image in contrast to our own...Reflecting on these, which color would the ball most-likely end up with? Which should it?
Another attacking phase. Which color & why? Put yourself in the players shoes based on perspective..Black arrows indicate 3rd man run / 2nd phase pass. We've got 6 options here: Red, Blue, Aqua, Yellow, Red-Aqua, & Blue-Yellow. What do we see?
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Slightly different one today.. Best option to breakout to? White, Aqua, Yellow, or potentially a longer ball (Dark Red).. Add to that, where the ball may go in the 2nd or 3rd phase too?
Scenario Discussion Time - On the ball, where are you playing to, what happens next? ... Opposing GK, are your Defenders in good shape? Who is your immediate communication with and why?
A Defensive 'playing out' scenario this time.. The GK has rolled out to the 5.. We (Red) want to break into the Middle-Attacking third (Highlighted) within 3 passes.. What options do we have and why?
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Slightly less complex this one - 8 wins the flick-on and the #10 nips in behind to get to the ball first. What is their next decision? A, B, or C?
Discussion Time A, B, or C - The ball is heading wide to the 11. Where are you playing the service next?
Completely different scenario to the last one here - The 7 has been played in wide, where could be the best option and why? Again, another one potentially worth sharing with your players.
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Blue, Teal, Yellow, Black, Pink, or Navy... Just 6 options we came up with.. Coaches, could be a great tool to develop cognition & perception while generating discussion. Ask your players, What Color & Why?
Teal or Purple... Which one and why? Can you discuss with your players? Video example below to show both scenarios active, as-if in happening within the game.
The 10 is about to turn away from the sliding challenge.. Possibly creating a 3 vs 3 counter attack for a limited time before others defenders recover. -Yellow, Blue, or White.. Which and Why?
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How many defensive breakdowns can your players spot in this scenario? Look closely - body shape, positioning, actions, etc..
Less of a complex discussion per-se, more so, which option would they go for and why?
The #11 is in comfortable control and probing on the left corner of the box.. Options are available in White, Red, or Black.. Challenge your players to think deeply, analyze all options, dissect, discuss, and collaborate. Which option and Why?
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What does the #9 do on the ball? Pass, go it alone? etc.. Are the defenders covering the right areas? If not, where can they be and why?
The #6 has picked up the ball deep & has options moving ahead. How can #6 potentially put pressure on the Blue opposition with their next pass, and why? Don't just analyze the 6's pass, consider their teammates' second phase movement once the pass is made
We've got the initial image showing the potential outcomes..Followed by the 3 separate images of each outcome. Coaches, ask your players which they see as the best opportunity, & as always, ask them to explain WHY.
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#7 is cutting inside, driving towards the edge of the box with multiple options offering themselves. The #2 overlapping, #9 running off the shoulder, #11 peeling off to the back post, and #10 floating underneath the ball centrally.. "What do you do if you're the #7? and why?"
Scenario this week offers a multitude of directions for discussion The initial pass is entering the highlighted #10. From there, ask your players to discuss and digest the images presented, immersing themselves into the game & explaining their preferred option(s) to attack
Building to counter through the 8. Options presented have some buzz words associated with each possible recipient to help generate player discussion of roles & actions of players within the images. Please share and utilize with your players if helpful!
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Attacking down the right edge from a midfield transition, numbers are high & the 7 has received the ball while turning forwards 30 yards from goal.. Generate discussion with your players - which color option would they play for the next pass, & why?
The 5 is advancing onto the loose ball & will look to initiate positive play with the next pass. Based on the positional shape, proposed movement actions, & what you foresee potentially happening in the next phase, which color pass would be your choice & why?
With little time to receive, 6 must find responses to numerous cognitive cues occurring around them - Direction of first touch? Best available teammate? Chance to take a risk? Smarter to play safe? How can I create space? Ask your players to discuss their color choice & why..
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The #3 just received the ball across the body from the center back. What options presented may be the most effective pass? Why? Analyse the picture and consider risk vs reward factors of the decision you would make on the ball..