The main reason it’s rarely seen, is that most coaches have not acquired the expertise to do it.
- First and foremost, a coach must develop a possession-based philosophy (a vision … a taste … a feel for that type of football).
- Then he must whole-heartedly commit to the process of having his teams reach it.
If those two requirements aren’t met, then chances of it happening are close to zero.
If however, we’ve got a green light on those, then what comes next is converging on a small and proper set of enabling activities to train players with.
Now, a fallacy that has been circulated for as long as I can remember:
And it’s generally crap.
How ‘technical’ do they have to be?
Yeah … nobody seems to address that question. Instead, the blanket statement is thrown, everyone nods because there’s a logic to it; it’s taken as truth, and we’re all excused.
I’ll give you just one answer today:
The amount of space and time a player has, dictates how technical he must be.
The more space and time you’ve got, the lower the requirement on technique.
Right off the bat, this means that the lower the level your team is competing at, the lower the technical requirement on your players. Because intrinsic to the lower levels, is more space and time.
Even more important:
Time and space can be manipulated by player decisions.
And how is that achieved?
If you can train your players to create more space and time for themselves and teammates, you’ve just lowered the technical requirements.
Coaching baby, coaching.
The factor that makes or breaks implementing a successful possession style is chiefly tactical.
And I say all this not in theory, but from experience.
We’ve done it across levels of play.
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But of course over the last 10+ years, our core has evolved via tweeks, additions, and subtractions. And the execution has gotten better.
So executing the possession-based game requires proper training. Proper tactical training! It’s about teaching decision-making on the field and choreography.
The point here being you do not need master class technical players to successfully implement winning possession-based soccer.
I’ll reiterate a comment (partially modified) I made last week:
“Doesn’t matter what level the team is. If it’s an ‘average Joe American’ team … well, you’re usually competing against other ‘average Joe American’ teams. So in time, you should be able to execute.”
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