This comprehensive guide by Larry Mahony shows how to develop a young player’s football intelligence by coaching in-game during practice sessions. It is not concerned with specific soccer techniques, but with the learning of team skill. Starting with the smallest unit – two outfield players – it focuses exclusively on how young players relate to and communicate with each other to become a team. While patience is key as children mature, this book demonstrates that – by concentrating on fun, small-sided games – we can eventually teach them that playing in position can be a liberating experience.
It is a comprehensive guide to teaching young players how to keep possession in the basic ‘box’ practices of 5v2, 3v1 and 4v2.
Uniquely, it integrates these practices and links them to the work being done in the 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 small-sided games, in a way that will help you, the grassroots coach, to help your players learn the game in very clearly defined steps.
Each practice builds on the one before it and helps to reinforce all that the players have previously learned.
Using a coaching philosophy of guided discovery, it shows you how to ask appropriate questions, guide the players towards finding answers and ultimately give them the ability to effectively make these decisions for themselves
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