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Positive Play – Can I play forward quickly and as early as possible? I might have to run/ dribble with the ball to do this.
Delay – If I’m the closest player to the ball (on our team), can I stop the other team playing forward to a help a mate recover back into defensive shape and help our team defend?
In possession make the pitch as big as possible – Can I give my team options by making the pitch (BIG) as wide and as long as possible? Can i do this quickly when we have possession.
Deny Space – Is the space between myself, my teammates on either side of me, in front of me, and behind be close enough so we can intercept passes and players entering that space?
Lose opposition / Create space – Can I rotate positions with a teammate in the middle & final third.
Where & Where to Press – Long pass – Man receives back to goal – Poor touch – Lose the ball
Out of Possession – Stay compact – Can I position myself close to a teammate, never square and always in relation to the ball. This may be in front, to the side, behind or diagonal to my mate or the ball.
Be Clever & Inventive – In the right areas can I try something new when I have the ball to beat a defender, or go forward quickly?
Can I play forwards as quickly as possible, or help my teammates play forwards
I don’t give up, and I recover from the hard situations I find myself in (injuries, losing the ball, etc.)
My mate’s in a better position. I’m happy to share the ball with him.
I try and think of new skills, and I am happy to try something new, even if I make mistakes at the start.
If I need help from a teammate or coach, I will ask and not give up.
“Can Do” Attitude
Retain the ball & make good decisions.
Dominate the opposition & be positive to play forwards quickly.
Be clever, create and score.
Stay compact, recover the ball quickly.
Stop opposition dominating possession, & deny opposition goal-scoring opportunities,
Protecting the goal.
When defending, the team must stay compact and look to press at the right moment. Support behind the first player when pressing the ball.
After winning the ball, players need to think, look, and play forward as quick as possible. Try and pass to the furthest player forward if possible. If not, pass forward, but speed and support is important.
When counter attacking, players need to support behind to the side and ahead of the ball. This helps maintain the attack with speed and purpose. Similar to a game situation
Encourage players to get into the line of the ball to restrict passes through to the target players.
The player should try to read cues of the opposition to try and predict where the ball is going to be passed and what try of pass they will execute.
Players should adapt their position to be in line with the ball to cut out any passes by being light on their toes and executing sliding footwork patterns.