Coaching in the Game Methodology

Coaching in the Game Methodology

Simply put Coaching in the Game (CIG) involves coaching players in an even sided game with limited or no artificial teaching conditions (e.g. coned areas, limits on touches, uneven numbers in certain areas of the field, etc.). The CIG session is the ultimate test of a coach’s knowledge and expertise as it tests an individual’s ability to analyze the game and addresses very specific areas, areas which are directly related to the actual game and the needs of the players within the game.

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Look Receive Pass

Look Receive Pass

When you look at a top level midfielder you may notice that their head is swiveling all the time. A midfielder has to master the game from a 360 degree perspective – receiving ball from back players,  playing ball to wide players, changing the point of attack and relaying the ball from the backs to the forwards. They are only able to do their job well if they are constantly looking around and scanning the field to see who is open, where are the opponents and how can they make themselves available to receive the ball.

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Soccer Is A Sideways On Sport

Soccer Is A Sideways On Sport

Often the players who were moving into a space to receive the ball did not check straight to the ball carrier (as on the left) but checked at an angle so that they could look over their shoulder to see if they were being followed by a defender (as on the right), which is more difficult if a player checks straight to the ball.  This is an aspect of Brazilian soccer I like very much and would encourage coaches to develop exercises which teach players the two habits of checking at angles to the ball and looking over their shoulders continually.

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Transferability & The Skills League

Transferability & The Skills League

Winning is, without dispute, good for morale but if the wins come by just kicking the ball and running after it this is not going to be very effective, developmentally, in the long run. During a game, keeping track of how many times the players use a move which you, as the coach, introduced during the week is an ideal alternative to the constant emphasis on winning games. Nothing replaces the development of skills which players will be able to incorporate into games in future years. That is what youth development is all about.

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