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Coaching Points

Parents:

I have prepared the following list of coaching points which we give the players during practice, so that you also know some of the important points we cover (and the players can write these into their notebooks).   Feel free to reinforce these points whenever you are practicing at home with your children.

 
Coaching Points:
 
Dribbling: 
  • soft touches to keep ball close to feet
  • keep head up – eyes open
  • take the open space available to you
  • inside and outside to change direction
  • laces to carry the ball at speed
  • knees bent
  • center of gravity low
  • weight forward on balls of feet
  • change direction and chance speed to beat a defender
 
Shielding:
  • Body-body-ball – keep your body between the defender and the ball
  • Body is sideways
  • Ball controlled by the foot farthest from the defender
 
Passing:
  • start behind the ball – touch it forward to get it out from under your feet
  • step into the pass – weight over the ball when striking, not behind
  • follow through so kicking foot is first step forward
  • plant foot beside the ball, pointed towards target
  • inside of foot for accuracy - turn perpendicular to plant foot
  • laces for power - toe out and down – approach ball at an angle
  • strike center of ball to keep it on the ground
  • ankle stiff and locked
  • make eye contact with teammate – call name
  • pass to space in front of teammate if they are moving
  • elements of the pass are accuracy and weight
 
Receiving the Ball:
  • on your toes awaiting the pass
  • make eye contact with the passer
  • show with hands where you want the pass
  • best way to catch the passer’s eye is to make a run
  • move before ball arrives to get body behind the ball
  • know where you want to go with the ball, and where the pressure is coming from
  • move towards the ball – do not wait for it to come to you
  • receive with the back foot to open up the body to the field
  • receive away from pressure
  • receive with the inside or outside of the foot
  • lift the receiving foot off the ground and receive at the center of the ball
  • relax the foot and let it cushion the ball
  • first touch is a pass to yourself – it sets up your dribble, pass or shot
 
Shooting:
  • start behind the ball – touch it forward to get it out from under your feet
  • step into the shot – weight over the ball when striking, not behind
  • follow through so kicking foot is first step forward
  • plant foot beside the ball, pointed towards target
  • inside of foot for accuracy - turn perpendicular to plant foot – pass it into the net
  • laces for power - toe down and heel up – approach ball at an angle
  • strike center of ball to keep it on the ground
  • ankle stiff and locked
  • shoot low and to the back corners
 
 
Defending:
  • stay goalside – between ball and goal
  • surfer position – body at ~45 degrees to attacker
  • hold position – first object is to delay and prevent attacker from advancing
  • do not swing at ball with back foot – do not commit too early
  • close enough to make attacker look at ball – just at the edge of reach
  • use front foot to poke ball away
  • guide the attacker out to the sides – to another defender
 
Throw-ins:
  • both feet on the ground
  • hands on either side of the ball
  • bring the ball behind the head until it touches the back
  • throw to the feet of teammate
  • don’t throw back towards own goal

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