The focus of our training is that everything in practice should resemble the actual game as much as possible. Exercises and drills serve a purpose; however, the majority of practice should be spent playing the game. If in doubt, ask yourself the following question: “Are we playing soccer?” There have to be teammates, an opponent, a field with boundaries, a direction, a purpose to the game and an objective. This does not mean that you must scrimmage each session but replace ‘drills’ with games that pull out the skill you want. You can create these scenarios through all of the options coaches have at their disposal when designing activities for the players.
A game will have the best results when the following elements are present:
- Scoring goals.
- Attacking to create scoring chances.
- Defending to prevent goals and winning the ball.