Last weekend I had my first games back with my teams after the long holiday break. Because of the way the schedule worked out we didn’t have a practice before our games. I knew we wouldn’t be really sharp but I was surprised by just how rusty the players really were.
You could tell that the players knew it and were frustrated by how they were playing. I tried to high my frustration because it wasn’t that they weren’t trying, they were just out of practice.
Hopefully this experience will motivate the players to work hard in training this next week because we have a Regional tournament to qualify for Nationals that’s coming up this weekend.
“Has it been a hard adjustment for your players who are trained to receive with their back foot in outdoor to switch over to receive on the front foot for futsal?
What are your thoughts on coaches who have their teams play futsal for the speed of play and ball control required but don’t necessarily coach the futsal specific techniques?”
Thanks for your question Ben!
It’s always an adjustment that takes a couple of weeks. Then in the spring it will take them some time to think about using their back foot more often but then they have an understanding of when to use each technique.
I used to be one of those coaches! It took me a few years before I saw the benefit of teaching futsal specific techniques. I was missing an opportunity to add skills to my player’s ‘tool box’ because I wasn’t seeing how teaching the different techniques would benefit the overall development of the players.
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Next week I’ll discuss what players can be doing at home to improve technically and tactically in their own time?