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This week’s question is from Joey. I just received this question earlier in the week and thought that his question might help other coaches as well. He asks about when you should make a change to your tactics when you’re behind in a game.
“My question today is in regards to making in game adjustments. I coach a U15 boys tier 3 team & we had a quarter final cup game yesterday that my team lost 2-0.
We’re usually a high powered offensive team, but couldn’t seem to break the lines on this day. At what point should you realize as a coach, something needs to be changed ( formation, tactics) & what should you be looking at as a coach for signs something needs to be changed?
We were down 1-0 at half & about 20 min into the second half, they scored another. At that point, with 20 min left & us getting no quality chances (we play 40 min half’s) I put my CB up ST & was playing a 3-4-3 from 4-4-2 but still didn’t seem to make a difference though.”
On the show I talk about how you can decide WHEN to change and WHAT to change when you need to score to get back into the game.
In This Episode
This week I share a session that I’ve done a couple of time recently. It allowed me to complete the warm-up, technical exercises and small-sided game in one area. Doing this created a connection for the players as we moved through the session and made it easier for them to see how each part relates to the one before.
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In the next couple of weeks I have an interview with a coach and educator where we discuss differentiated coaching when you have a team of widely varied skill levels, a training session to teach your players to use the wide areas of the field and a look at the tryout process and how you can decide what to look for in a player. I’m not sure about the order I’ll release these episodes in but I have some interesting topics that I’m looking forward to sharing.