We all complain about the quality and shortage of referees. I think it’s important that coaches don’t just talk about it but do something to correct the problem.
I’m not able to referee a lot but I pick up games when I have a gap in my coaching schedule. If every coach in the area just did a couple of games each weekend then we’d be able to solve much of our problem with referees.
I also think it’s important for coaches to have an good understanding of the rules so that they can pass that on to their players. This is especially true these days as the rules are evolving so quickly.
“In Minnesota, we are forced to practice indoors November – May. When training in a school gymnasium do you recommend using a regular ball or a heavier futsal ball. We are training for outside play, not a futsal league.”
There are benefits to using both types of soccer balls. I talk about them and the other ideas that I take from, ‘Brazilian Training Games‘ in this episode.
I’m talking with Sean Pearson about the systems of play used by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool. We discuss the different approaches of these to managers and how they fit well with the clubs they are working with.
Specifically we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the 4-3-3 Klopp uses and the 4-2-3-1 employed by Mourinho. We also look at the key factors that youth coaches can take away from watching these teams to apply to the teams they coach.
These are two coaches that are working with teams at the highest level but looking at what they do and why they do it can improve our understanding of the game so that we can provide a better training environment for the teams we work with.
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In the Next Episode
I’m taking next week off for the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the U.S. but I have a number of topics that I’m working on for future episodes including: The differences between Futsal, indoor, and full field options in the winter months, training movement at restarts, and a commentary on how we are stealing our player’s learning opportunities.