Player Centered vs Command Style |Coaches Manual

Coach’s Role In the player centered approach

  • Focus is the Player
  • Creates a challenging game environment
  • Provides options
  • Asks players what they think
  • Develops Players In the “command style:”
  • Focus is the Coach
  • Creates exercises and directs session
  • Provides solutions
  • Tells players what to think
  • Develops Clones Player’s

Role In the player centered approach

  • Primarily learn from playing the game
  • Focus = Playing
  • Solve Soccer Problems

In the “command style”

  • Primarily learn from the coach
  • Focus = Coach’s Expectations
  • Execute coach’s direction

The goal of all of this preparation is to produce players that

  • Are instinctive
  • Are creative
  • Take initiative
  • Express individuality
  • Think independently
  • Understand options
  • Solve problems
  • “Own the game”

Technical Needs

What follows is a list of technical needs that have been derived from observations of National Team players playing at the Senior and Youth National Team levels:

  • Receiving and Solving Pressure Individually
  • Passing (Full “Bag of Clubs”)
  • 1v1, Dynamic Attacking Players
  • Flank Service
  • Finishing Solving Pressure Individually:
  • Receiving
  • 1st Touch
  • Next Several Touches to Free Player from Pressure

Training: Small Sided Games Requiring Multiple Touches in Tight Spaces Passing → Penetration:

  • Types of Passes:
  • Chipped
  • Bent
  • Driven

Training: Small Sided Games with Restraining Lines (5 v 5 + 2)

  • Training: 11 v 11 with Restraining Lines 30 Yards from each Goal
  • Must Penetrate Restraining Line with a Pass 1v1 ?

Penetration:

  • Developing Instinctive 1v1 Players – Brazilian Street Soccer
  • Small Sided – Small Goals
  • Even Numbers
  • Tight Spaces
  • Unlimited Touches Flank Service: (Norway)
  • Types of Flank Service
  • Driven Low –> Near Post
  • Driven High –> Center or Back Post
  • Chipped to Back Post
  • Curled behind back four and bending away from the goalkeeper
  • Pulled Back –> 12 and Near Post

Training: Repetitions to each specific spot

  • Flank Play Games Finishing: (Germany, Sweden, Norway)
  • Placement Finishing: Bending, Chipping, Volleys

Types of Finishing

  • Breakaways
  • 1 Touch from Flank Service
  • 1 Touch in a Crowded Penalty Box
  • Shots > 18
  • Finishing a Higher Percentage of Shots

Tactical Needs Attacking Play

  • Possession vs. Penetration
  • Counter Attack
  • When to Play Direct vs. Indirect
  • Reading the Opponent’s Numbers
  • Making Decisions regarding Direction and Speed of Play

Penetration in the Final Third

  • Attacking Diversity
  • 1v1
  • Combination Play
  • Penetration Passing
  • Flank Play
  • End line Service
  • Early Service
  • Shots > 18
  • Training: Games with Restraining Lines:18-35 yards from Goals Team Defending
  • Individual defending w/in team concept
  • Zonal defending
  • “Pressing”
  • Variety of lines of confrontation