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WELCOME After a long wait ... it is with loads of joy and excitment that I bring to you Student Of The Game - Issue 4. Since Issue 3 our official website has had many hits and we are always looking for ways to develop that resource. In regards to our magazine we are always looking to make improvements and we have some great things in the pipeline, to bring these to fruition we need the support of our readers and you experienced grassroots coaches out there who would like to contribute sessions, interviews and articles, etc. Anyway I hope you enjoy Issue 4 and our focus on Brazil, Futsal and the use of Small Sided Games in Football Development.


















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CHEMA JIMÉNEZ WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNT FROM PLAYING FUTSAL? 1.WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN FUTSAL? I have had many roles in futsal from 8 years of age I started playing as a goal keeper. I played in 10 different teams, where I was team captain in all of them. I stopped playing futsal age 32 because after almost 25 years I miss the illusion of training and yet I had the illusion of being a coach. As a coach I trained in schools for 15 years and taught for six years as a professional futsal coach, I trained in Russia at Moscow Dina and my last team was Inter Movistar. I have been fortunate to work alongside some great players . I’ve also worked for 10 years in the Spanish Federation of futsal, where I organized national and international leagues, and have worked with UEFA and FIFA. 2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN COACHING FUTSAL? I’ve always been involed since a young age, I am and I will always be involved in futsal. I am passionate about futsal, and have a crazy strong feeling for the game, MY LIFE IS THE FUTSAL! 3. WHY AND HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INOLVED IN FUTSAL? I got involved because futsal is a sport that provides fun, excitement and joy to the player who practices it. It helps improve individual technique and teaches players to work in smaller spaces. It also creates an addiction that makes the passion for futsal ... lifelong! 4. AS A COACH WHAT KIND OF CHARACTERISTICS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A PLAYER? For me a futsal player has to have current, voltage and concentration in the field. It is important as a pass, reading futsal tactics and fitness. I always require my players to sacrifice, be honest and show humility. I am picky with me and I am with the players, united together as a team we can with everything. 5. DO YOU THINK THE STANDARD OF PLAYERS BEING PRODUCED IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL/FUTSAL IS GETTING BETTER? During the summer I’ve been watching games online involving English players. I think they can improve much more on the technical and tactical elements of their game. I have also seen the team play and I am sure England can play in the European Championship and the World Cup, there are lot of quality players such as Doug Reed, Ilya Ovechkin, Neil Morgan, Ben Mortlock, Jason Kilbride, Luke Ballinger and others. The teams and coaches are also doing a great job to improve futsal in England, which will produced more talents players.

FUTSAL 6. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MAIN BENEFITS ARE OF PLAYING FUTSAL? Their are many benefits of playing futsal and these are important. Futsal improves individual technique and helps players to be more tactical, futsal gives physical strength and teaches transitions. Futsal improves individuals and groups. It teaches good healt habits, I would recommend everyone to try playing futsal, it becomes a drug , which is good for All, you’ll never escape!

CHEMA JIMÉNEZ Coach: Chema Twitter: @DanSlaughter12 Organisation: Whetstone Wanderers YFC Topic: Recovery Runs Theme: Olympic Rings Age Group: U8-U10

Session 1 DESCRIPTIONS Activity One: Each player has a ball and dribbles into a space determined by the coach. VARIABLES: - the coach makes a sound the players sprint with ball until closer to goal. Activity Two: The players on three computers in a field of 20 x 20. Game to two touches. A computer has qui defend and the other two atacam. When one equips loses the passa ball to defend. VARIANTS: - Not if can’t make pass to the same player (5 x 3) - the two com ball teams have qui make passes alternate between the two teams (4 x 3) Activity Three: Mitad equipment for each goal. Only if you can play with two touches.Before firing on the goal you would make a pass to player qualquer pivot (back of goal line) to finish.You can end in any goal


DAMON SHAW Coach: Damon Shaw Twitter: @DanSlaughter12 Organisation: Middlesbrough Futsal Club Topic: Movement to Create Space Theme: Ball Possession Age Group: U10-U12

Session 2 POSSESSION GAME 6 V 2 (7V2, 8V3 ETC). SET UP Half basketball court (15x15) Red team to keep possession against blues Blues hold bibs and swap with red when they win the ball. (player who loses the ball goes in the middle with the player to his left.) PROGRESSIONS 1. Start off simple possession, 2 touch 2. One in 5 passes should be a scoop 3. Can’t pass back to player you received from *This will cause a problem in that options are limited, how can we create space? 4. Once you’ve passed, you must cross the court (this opens space for a team Mate to move into. 5. Finally add in that the player crossing the court must stop in the centre, face the ball and move BACKWARDS out to space – always facing the ball. 6. The team with the ball scores a point when they complete a pass into the centre and back out.

KEY POINTS • Only hold your position in the middle for a few seconds. • Encourage players to move to show in the middle to open a pass. • When more advanced, this game can be 4v4, 5v5.. • Any player could move to receive the ball central.


Session 3 • First player runs to the middle to receive a pass about half way across the court. • He controls it by stepping on the ball and immediately sets his foot down past the ball. • He then passes the ball to the player who was behind him, and joins the back of the other line. Moving away from the ball backwards, always facing the ball. • Next player moves into the vacated space and receives a pass from the end.


DAMON SHAW (BOROFUTSAL.COM) 1.WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN FUTSAL? I’m chairman and manager of Middlesbrough Futsal Club, which is the leading club in England with a supporter base like no other, a growing academy, links in the community to clubs and schools and a reputation that has opened up opportunities to play some of the world’s biggest teams. At this stage of the game, people involved can’t just focus on one thing, so my role spreads out to developing the club as a whole but also promoting the game to everybody and anybody. 2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN COACHING FUTSAL? I set up and coached Teesside University Futsal Club in 2005 so it’s 7 years now. 3. WHY AND HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INOLVED IN FUTSAL? I actually started when me and a good friend decided to run a 5-a-side tournament instead of just getting together for a kick about during the summer and in 2003 we ran our first 5-a-side competition. After a couple of years of this, I discovered futsal and wanted our tournament to be a futsal tournament and after some research I discovered a whole world that futsal could open. I did go back to Uni and set up Teesside University Futsal Club and organised the Teesside Futsal League – a qualifier for The FA Futsal Cup (which is now in its 6th season) and the rest has grown from there! 4. AS A COACH WHAT KIND OF CHARACTERISTICS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A PLAYER? A futsal player is clever as they need to see the whole game and piece together moves and adapt quickly when things change, which they do in an instant. They also need to be open minded, especially if you are working with football players, as futsal techniques are different, and often discouraged in English football. Things such as toe pokes, using the sole of the foot and scoops are generally frowned upon in junior football, but are fundamental techniques in futsal and in football played by the Spanish and Brazilians. 5. DO YOU THINK THE STANDARD OF PLAYERS BEING PRODUCED IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL IS GETTING BETTER? The standard will always get better with higher targets and records to push people. I do think English coaches are slowly changing their mindset to produce technically better players rather than only looking for athletic ability and size. It’s still a long way off as it’s a results based business, but slowly I think we’ll start to produce players with an English toughness and a style that comes from playing futsal. 6. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MAIN BENEFITS ARE OF PLAYING FUTSAL? It’s a lot of fun, kids get more chances to make mistakes and therefore correct themselves quickly and develop quickly. 7. HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SETTING UP A FUTSAL CLUB IN ENGLAND? You just need a committed few people and a group of players who will represent the team. There are plenty of leagues popping up all over for new teams to enter so it’s just a case of finding one and playing!

FUTSAL 8. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE NATIONAL FUTSAL LEAGUE? Now the national league is a big step up from just playing in a social league as the costs are a lot higher. Before a club can be ready for this step up, they will need to identify a way of funding training sessions, matches, ~travel to away games and much more. It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy as we have seen too many teams attempt to play national league and fail. 9. WHAT YOUTH FUTSAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE NATIONALLY? The FA run an annual festival for under-10s, 12s, 14s and 16s but it’s better to be involved regionally and train and play as much as possible as just playing once per year isn’t going to keep kids keen. 10. WILL BORO WIN THE LEAGUE? AND IS YOUR MASCOT GOING TO BE CALLED BLUE? We will win the league. Maybe not this year, or next year, but the club is set up to be successful, not just one year, or in one period, but the set up is there to produce teams to win over a long period of time. The mascot is new to the club and will have a name soon, we are awaiting entries into a competition from a magazine to decide, so maybe it will get called Blue!

“In futsal you need to think quick and play quick so it’s easier for you when you move to normal football.” - Pele

DAN SLAUGHTER Coach: Dan Slaughter Twitter: @DanSlaughter12 Organisation: London & South East FA Blind Futsal Topic: Putting Your Soul In The Game Theme: Control with the Soul Age Group: 16+

Session 4

• Pass/Dribble CHALLENGE Whilst playing through the 3rd of the pitch use where appropriate as many soul controls as possible completing the set by hitting the target player in the end zone.

• Run without ball • Soul Controls • Target Player



BRAZILIAN PARALYMPIC BLIND 5-A-SIDE FUTSAL Brazil’s Jeferson da Conceição Gonçalves weaves his way through the French defence during September’s fi ve-a-side gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. The Brazilians won the encounter 2-0 to clinch their third successive Paralympic title in the event which is contested by blind and uses a noise-emitting ball.


WORLD CHAMPIONS LIKEWISE? Just like the Brasillian Paralympic Blind Futsal Squad these guys are also top of the world. Back in 2008 Brazil, won their fourt Fifa Futsal World Cup tile and will be chasing their fifth at the Futsal World Cup in Thailand. After being defeated by Paraguay in a shock defeat in qualifying, Brasil were reminded that they cant take their previous form for granted when the tournament kicks off at the three venues in Bangkok and Nakhom Ratchasima.

“When I was a young boy in Argentina, I played futsal in the street and in a club. It was great fun and helped me to become the player I am today.� - Lionel Messi (Argrentina)


FINDINGS OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN BRAZIL The Culture of Brazilian Football? Academies or Federation? Who is repsonsible for Youth Development in Brazil. Our research has proven to be a difficult task, however, we have brought you the best of our findings. Key Words: Street Soccer, Futsal, Beach Soccer, Technique, Skill. Background, Context and key findings: The Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) has recently started to take on the responsibility of youth development. Evidence of this can be found on as cited by Chris Atkins the CBF have officially launched their new U20 Copa do Brasil tournament, which runs from October - December and compliments the existing U20 Brasileirao tournament that runs in the later months of the year. To quote Atkins the CBF are planning “a fixed calendar for Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 levels ... with the CBF taking a more central role in the country’s youth development schemes.” Before coming across the work of Atkins, we started to wonder exactly who was responsible for the development of youth football in Brazil. During our research it appeared that each club had its own methods and they were the key to the Brazilian success. We later discovered an exceptional article on the, by Steve Payne (2007) who is a UEFA A Licence coach and had the experience of working with Cruzeiro, one of Brazil’s most famous clubs, where Ronaldo, Alex and Fred were discovered. Payne (2007), highlighted to us how Brazilian kids are only exposed to techniques and tricks until their 14th birthday and then they are encourage to think about team shape and tactics. Payne continues to discuss how Brazilian coaches feel that their young players do not need to talk about triangles, 3rd man runs etc until they can effectively control, pass and/or shoot the ball. Payne (2007) also highlights the significance of Brazilian culture and the role that it plays within the development of youth footballers. We often hear journalist talking about the development of players from across the pond taking place on the street. According to Payne (2007) in poorer areas of Brazil it is often that young footballers can be found playing football in the streets, waste lands, concrete areas or any available surface. He also highlights the importance that Beach Soccer has it the development of football in Brazil as in coastal regions the beach is often used as an additional footballing haven. What Payne (2007) does share with us that many fail to mention is the role of Futsal, an indoor small sided version of football that involves 5 against 5 with a ball that is slightly heavier and bounces less than a convensional football. Futsal is played at a young age on indoor and outdoor pitches the size of a basketball court. Also in this Issue you can read more about Futsal and how it can influence youth development. The most alarming difference between Brazil and England as cited by Payne (2007) is that in Brazil there is no nonsensical shouts of “Get stuck in” or “Get rid of it”. One Brazilian coach told Payne (2007) “that the art of coaching youngsters was to try to reproduce street football on the field.


Payne (2007) continues to share the opinion of the Brazilian coaches as they “point out, in street football, Futsal and other unsupervised games, players have to make their own decisions, learn from their mistakes and find solutions to problems�. This evidence is also backed up by a great article from L.Kidman in this Issue of Student Of The Game on Page 28. As stated before many clubs in Brazil have been liable for the development of youth footballers and evidence from several clubs as shown that many follow the model highlighted here. - Sub 20/U20 Squad - Sub 18/U18 Squad - Sub 17 and Sub 16/Junior Squads - Sub 15 and Sub 14/Youth Squads - Escolinha (The Little School) The Sub 20 squad competes in the Campeonato Paulista, Brazil Cup, BH Cup, Regional Cup and the newly formed Copa do Brasil tournament. The over Subs only compete in the Campeonato Paulista and a regional cup. Many clubs have affiliated clubs that identify players on their behalf, this ties in nicely with the work of The Little School (Known as the Escolinha). The Escolinha operates in the local area of the club to identify new players and fans. The aim for the Escolinha is to cover the State of habitat that the club has and also look for partnerships to expand into external States and in some cases internationally. The focus for academies in Brazil over the last ten years has significantly changed from developing players for the purpose of sale revenue to now developing players to grow into first team players. References/Further Reading: helps_unveil_new_youth_tournament.html

STUDENT OF THE GAME Coach: Dan Slaughter Twitter: @DanSlaughter12 Organisation: London FA Regional CP CoE Topic: Counter Attacking from Goal Keepers Possession Theme: Forward Play Age Group: 16+

Session 5

PRACTICE ORGANISATION • Area 75x50yds, marked in thirds with goals at each end, as illustrated. • 14 players (including 2 goalkeepers), arranged 7v7, 1 ball.





• Players arranged in 3-3-1 formation with defending team units confined to their own third. • Practice starts with: ball rolled-out by goalkeeper into defensive third. • Blue team scores by delivering ball into goalkeeper’s hands at opposite end of pitch, from any position on field when opportunity arises. Reds score by scoring a goal against the blue defence. • Practice is developed by allowing both teams to move freely. • Forwards look for rebounds to score.




KEY COACHING POINTS • Apply early pressure. • On gaining possession: counter attacking team movement and player dispersal ahead of ball. • Accurate, quick and incisive forward ball movement to get into shooting range.

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On te 16th September the unnamed armadullo was set to become the face of the Brazillian World Cup 2014, when is was launched on Brazilian talk show, Fantastico. Leading up to the June 2014 kick-off, a regular cartoon strip will feature in top Brazilian kids’ magazine Recreio, this is just one example of the many appearances that the character will be making in the lead-up to next year’s FIFA Confederations Cup and the main event itself in 2014. The creation of the Brasil 2014 mascot began nearly 18 months ago in April 2011 when FIFA and Brazil’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) invited six Brazilian agencies to pitch design ideas. There were 47 different ideas, that FIFA and the LOC narrowed down to just six. The selection process looked at brand recognition, intellectual property, the feasibility of the mascot as a live costume and the results of in-depth focus groups involving Brazilian children – before finally opting for the armadillo conceptcreated by São Paulo-based agency 100% Design. Animals were clearly a common source of inspiration for the designs.



Athlete Centred Coaching & Informal Play Coaches of junior sport are an extremely important influence on the development of our future athletes. An athlete-centred approach encourages the development of well-rounded children; that is, children who are independent, value learning and enjoy participating in sport (Kidman & Lombardo, 2010). Coaches facilitate a significant part of this learning and have a big responsibility to develop an environment that enriches the lives of our young people. Children learn by making their own decisions and through trial and error. This learning can occur through those informal games we used to play. Potentially, sport can still offer them the opportunity to demonstrate that flair and experience excitement using a games approach. As society changes there is an increasing lack of unstructured outdoor play. This play once covered many different sports that were in the main organised, played and controlled by children (athlete-centred). Remember The Games We Played? (from Paul Cooper, 2010) Children are creative as informal sport demonstrates clearly. As the amount of structure, equipment, and players are reduced, their opportunities for creativity increase. In global terms, such opportunities could encompass beach football in Rio de Janeiro, a pick-up game of basketball in a Chicago schoolyard or street hockey in Toronto. My brother and I lived in the family house in an idyllic location; with a wonderful view of the river Torridge. The setting came at a price as the lane was full of elderly people who are not prime candidates to play in goal or keep wicket. With just the two of us we had to be inventive when playing cricket (an 11-a-side sport), so devised a game where each of us was joined by 10 team members—a mixture of trees, bushes, telegraph poles, jumpers (pullovers, sweatshirts) and coats laid out for a cordon of slips. With a full team each we could play a whole test. When batting if you hit the ball in the air and it hit or landed on one of these static fielders, you were out caught. If you were batting at 9, 10 or 11; you could be out caught even if the ball went along the floor and hit a fielder. We would play a whole Ashes series, England versus Australia, and had to bat or bowl left-handed if the player we were role-playing at the time played that way. We also had to use their bowling or batting technique—for example, as a stone wall right-hander or a swashbuckling left-hander or, when bowling, a quickie or a leg break bowler. There was a lot of learning going on but, as we saw it, we were just having fun. Testimony to children’s inventiveness under constrained circumstances also comes from Holt (1967). At the school where he was teaching, most of the playground for building was lost, sport playing and instruction time was cut back and the boys were not predisposed to great athleticism. Nonetheless the school consistently was able to field a competitive school softball team. It happened, Holt explains, because the boys learned by watching and copying the older players: Here would be a boy in the third or fourth grade who seemed so hopelessly clumsy, unathletic, and ignorant of all the rules and skills of baseball that it looked as if he could never learn to play. Two years later that same boy would be a competent and often an expert player—and many of them did almost all of their playing at school. (Holt, 1967, p. 188) The result was a far greater achievement than what a much bigger school at which he had taught had managed, despite its large playing fields and more generous amount of time for sports lessons. Part of the reason, Holt confesses, may have been related to his earlier approach to coaching, in which he spent much time explaining technique: I remember a couple of boys that I was trying to teach to bat and throw. I can still see their sullen but resigned faces, feel their limp, uncooperating muscles, and practically hear their thoughts. Here was school brought right out into the play yard, where they were supposed to be having fun, or at least a moment’s respite from school. Small wonder we did not get far. (p. 189)


He speculates that the results might have improved considerably had the boys been given the opportunity to play with, observe and copy the older children at the school. When we were young, for football we had practical conditioned games such as ‘three and in’, a football game played with one goal where every third goal brought a change in keeper. It was a simple, fair way of giving everyone had a turn given that most children would prefer to not be in goal. The essence of these stories is that when we played such games while we were growing up, no one ever told us of their importance. It is just what we did as kids. Yet they were incredibly significant to the development of our skills. A good example comes from a comparison of the formal game of football, with nets in the goals, with the informal ‘jumpers for goalposts’ game. ‘Jumpers for goalposts’ is an English name for an informal game of football. All you need is a ball and players. The players take off their jumpers or coats and use those as the goals. In the formal game, if the England and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney was on the edge of the penalty area and the ball bounced up nicely he would volley it high into the roof of the net without a second thought as he does not have to retrieve the ball and his only focus is on scoring a goal. It is a lot more complicated down the park with a pile of coats or jumpers for goalposts. If you kicked into the imaginary net where Rooney had scored, some players would say it would have gone over the bar or around the post or both! Moreover, if you blasted the ball and you had no nets, the beaten keeper, hands on hips, would extract some revenge by looking at where the ball had landed some 100 yards away and then look at you and spit out, ‘You can get that!’ So you first had to bring the ball both in and down a bit. Those in the know would also give the keeper hope with the idea that he would decide that goalkeeping was fun and stay in goal for the game rather than taking your precious position out on the pitch. Therefore the perfect goal was not hit too hard so that the keeper still had a 30% chance of getting a fingertip to it and the ball remained with an easy distance for retrieval. This was an incredible skill to master—technique, psychology and diplomacy, all in one volley. How can we enable children to have their own stories like these one day? Creativity and inspiration can be lost in this structured approach for children at all levels. A games approach is recommended as a substitute for the lack of free outdoor play. This child- and player-centred environment allows for more exploration, for decision making and for mistakes, which are a key part of learning. Games, both free play and conditioned, can make up to 80% of a session to allow for a more holistic approach to children’s sport. We really need to stop imposing our will on children and instead give them the opportunity to just play and have fun. Cooper, P. (2010) Play and children. In L. Kidman & B. J. Lombardo (eds), Athelte centred coaching: Developing decision makers. Worcester, UK: IPCPrint. Holt, J. (1967). How Children Learn. Washington DC: Penguin.

STUDENT OF THE GAME Coach: Lauren Phillips Organisation: FA Tesco Skills Theme: Repetition Circuit Age Group: Various Technical Outcomes: When and where to dribble/ pass, how to pass.dribble, receiving tecniques.

Session 6 TEHCNICAL Dribbling techniques Control & Pass the ball. Use a variety of passing techniques to find out what works best.

PSYCHOLOGICAL Decision making on the ball Identifying when to pass/dribble Identifying where to pass/dribble Movements to support (Space awareness) Positive attitude in 1v1 situations PHYSICAL ABC’s Quick positive movements on the ball Quick repetitive movements to create space Quick movements to get into advanced positions SOCIAL Information to player on the ball Encourage players to discuss in groups different ways of passing and moving to support (group discussion/observation) Understanding why it’s important to pass and move (group discussion/observation

What: Decisions can they make to be successful depening on the scenario/dribble or pass

How: Are they going to be successful at making

these decisions- Awareness of surroundings/ trial and error

Why: Understanding of application of these

techniques and relation them to a game (Game understanding)


25x30 yard area, bigger or smaller depending on numbers/ability of group, both areas split into thirds.


P1: Tag game – Players move individually or in groups of 2 against a defending team of 2 who are locked into their zones. Attacking players look to identify space to travel through the area without getting tagged. P2: As above however attacking team moves through the area with a ball in their hands or feet. The defending team can only intercept the ball, not tackle. Increase the numbers of defenders and allow one of the defenders to move between both pitches creating a 1v2, 2v2 or 2v3 etc. P3: Remove thirds and introduce goals at each end. And finish with SSG



Players have the opportunity to practice attacking movements Developing movements to create and explore space Rotate Players to play in all positions if possible


Introduce football in hands or feet. Teams attack against defenders individually or groups of 2 or 3

CHALLENGES/ QUESTIONS TO ASSIST FOCUS • What is going to affect what decision

you make?

Allow defenders to intercept the ball so pose as semi opposed opposition to allow supporting players to think about where to move to receive the ball and to encourage players to develop decisions

What will help you to make your decision on the ball?

Rotate attackers and defenders so players learn roles and responsibilities

When is it appropriate to dribble?

How can you be successful when attacking with more players?

How can you be successful when attacking with less players?

When is the right time to pass?

How can you as a player around the ball help your team when in possession?


Play a game – 2v2, 3v3, 4v4 with or without GK Allow time for observation on topic and for transference

STUDENT OF THE GAME Coach: Lauren Phillips Organisation: FA Tesco Skills Theme: Creating Passing Opportunities (Rep Circuit) Age Group: Various Technical Outcomes: Passing, Control, Movement, Combination Play

Session 7 TEHCNICAL Control & Pass the ball. Use a variety of passing techniques to find out what works best.

PSYCHOLOGICAL Decision when to pass forward & when to keep the ball. Develop an understanding of what works well.

What: Create forward passing opportunities. How: By changing the space & angles for the defensive team to defend Why: Improving forward passing capability to initiate attacking play. SET UP : 3 teams of 4 players, each team split into 2’s. Points scored for success. Pitch thirds split down the middle to enable 2 games. 1 ball per game.

PHYSICAL Move into position to receive & control the ball.

RULES : Try to pass the ball through the middle third to the team at the other end of the pitch.

Move into areas to be able to pass the ball forward easier.

Middle third is protected by red team, if they win the ball they can attack the goal to score.

SOCIAL Work together & communicate with team mate. Talk about simple movement strategies to achieve a forward pass.

Teams swap to middle third if they lose possession or concede a goal. Session as shown



Try to create space by stretching th play.

Can you Pass & move quickly to each other to create forward passing opportunities.

When is it the best time to pass forward?

Who are you passing to? How do they know

UNOPPOSED Start session with teams locked in their thirds. This will give players a chance to feel comfortable & have plenty of control & passing opportunities. SEMI/PART OPPOSED Progress to under loaded opposition i.e 1 player can join in to hunt the ball, to develop the practice to game related situations. PARITY (EQUAL TEAMS) Progress further by joining the teams together to make 4 aside teams. Enable 1 or 2 players to hunt the ball. Dependant on ability & flow of the practice.


The FA Tesco Skills Programme The FA Tesco Skills is a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11 year olds of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game. We’ve been providing high quality football coaching courses for children since 2007 and have to date provided over 3 million child places on the programme, aiming to reach 4.7 million children by 2014. The FA Tesco Skills is based on a unique FA coaching model that provides specialist, age appropriate football coaching for children which is child-centred and caters for all ability levels. We provide coaching for Schools, Holiday Football Coaching and a Club Coaching Programme which are all FREE of charge. We also provide an after-school football coaching courses at our Skill Centres which cost between £1 - £2 per session. WHAT WE CAN OFFER

SCHOOLS: The FA Tesco Skills Programme works in over 1,000 primary schools a year, providing specialist football skills coaching for children and their teachers. Skills coachers will typically work with a primary school in their county one day a week for the duration of 6-12 weeks, providing specialist, age appropriate coaching for all ages from Years 1 to 6. As well as helping to develop the technique, ball skills and confidence of children in primary schools, The FA Tesco Skills Programme coaches aim to pass on invaluable lesson ideas and guidance on football coaching to their teachers. SKILL CENTRES: Our Skills Centre’s are run during school term time and run the full length of the academic year with the exception of school holidays. The cost of a session is just £1 - £2 per session and is on the same night every week after school at the same venue during the school term. HOLIDAY COURSES: During the school holidays we run taster sessions as an introduction to the Programme for boys and girls of all abilities. These sessions are entirely free thanks to Tesco, who hire all the venues used during the Holiday Sessions as part of their commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and supporting the development of the future of football in England. Our free Holiday Sessions take place during the Easter and Summer holidays, as well as every school half term. There are no free Holiday Sessions during the Christmas school holiday. For more information on The FA Tesco Skills Programme, resources or if you would like to find your nearest Skills Coach in your area please visit:


SSG Coach: Neil McDonald Twitter: @ProSoccerSessio Organisation: Pro Soccer Sessions ( Topic: Defending as team Theme: Small Sided Games Age Group: 16+

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WAS TEAM GB FOOTBALL A SUCCESS? For the first time in over 50 years at the Olympics Team GB entered a football team into the games. A lot of excitement surrounded this decision, the thought of the best of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all playing in the same team had the potential to be a unique and exciting sight. The games were also being held in London which meant it would be the first time since Euro 1996 that a football team competed in a tournament on home soil. Unfortunately Team GB where eliminated at the quarter final stage, once again a Home Nations side exited a major completion by being defeated in a penalty shootout. Throughout this article I am going to ask the question: Was Team GB Football a success? I will be looking at everything from the squad (and coach) selection all the way through to analysing each game, trying to find the answer, was it a succe ss? Before I start I would just like to mention that this article is mainly going to focus on the Men’s team. The reason for this is my limit knowledge of the Women’s game. The women’s team will be mentioned along the way but on the whole I am looking to find out if the having a Men’s team was a success. CRITICISMS Personally, I was really excited for the football at the Olympics. I may have even been slightly more excited for it than I was Euro 2012. Despite this, I have seen a lot of criticisms regarding having a football team at the Olympics: • ‘The Olympics are where the best in the world compete against each other but the Football is an Under 23’s tournament so therefore the squads won’t be the best due to the age limit.’ • ‘In most sports the Olympics are the major event that all athletes want to win, in Football there are more prestigious competitions so will the players actually care about winning?’ • ‘When the tournament is running all the players for GB are in their pre-season stage of training so may not be as fit or as competitive as other teams.’ POSITIVES As expected there are counter arguments to the statements mentioned above, as well as there being other positive comments relating to having a football team at the games. • Having an Under 23 tournament means that the future stars of the game are given a chance to play in an international tournament. The Olympic motto is ‘Inspire a Generation’ so allowing younger players to play in the tournament will inspire them to further their careers. It will also inspire younger children to want to play at an Olympic tournament in the future. • The teams will be playing in front of a home crowd. This is something that not many athletes will be able to say they have done. The games come around once every four years and may come to a country once every five decades, or maybe even more, so playing in front of home fans may help the teams in the games and lead to good performances. • Increasing the profile of the women’s game. The women’s team broke records by playing in front of record crowds in all of the games. This can only inspire young people to start playing football as well as helping increase the profile of the game and the players. SQUAD SELECTION Before the players were chosen the FA had to choose a coach to lead the side. The man they chose was Stuart Pearce. A lot of people felt that this was a good, safe appointment. He has been involved for a number of years with the England under 21’s so he has a good knowledge of the younger players in the sport and he has also managed teams at tournaments, most notably the England under 21’s in the European Championships. Personally, I wasn’t happy with Pearce’s appointment. I don’t feel like he has done anything outstanding in his career (as a coach) to warrant being given such a high honour. I have never been a fan of his tactics as I have always felt he is negative in the way he wants his sides to play the game. For me, Pearce is a safe appointment, someone who ticks all the boxes and won’t cause any controversy, when he was appointment I couldn’t help but feel that maybe the FA could’ve made a little more effort at getting a more successful coach to manage a team in what may be a once in a lifetime team.


Anyway, Pearce was given the task of selecting 18 players, 16 outfield players and two goalkeepers to take to the Olympic Games. The first problem he encountered was the rule made by the FA that any player that was in the Euro 2012 squad was unavailable for selection for the Olympics. This was later changed, as Jack Butland was allowed to be selected due to him not featuring in any England games. However, the ruling did eliminate certain players who Pearce may have been considering for his squad. THESE PLAYERS INCLUDED: • • • • • •

Martin Kelly Theo Wallcott Jordan Henderson Andy Caroll Phil Jones Alex Oxalde-Chamberlin

(Age 22) (Age 23) (Age 21) (Age 23) (Age 20) (Age 18)

Furthermore the ruling eliminated players who may have been consider to be one of the three over age players. THESE PLAYERS INCLUDED: • • • • • •

Wayne Rooney Frank Lampard Steven Gerrard John Terry Ashley Cole Joe Hart

Now I’m not saying the above players would have been in the squad or selected as an over age player but the FA ruled out 22 players eligible for selection before Pearce could even take his seat in his office. I’m sure after much deliberation Pearce finally named his squad: TEAM GB OLYMPIC SQUAD – LONDON 2012 1) Jack Butland 2) Neil Taylor 3) Ryan Bertrand 4) Danny Rose 5) Steven Caulker 6) Craig Dawson 7) Tom Cleverley 8) Joe Allen 9) Daniel Sturridge 10) Craig Bellamy (Over aged) 11) Ryan Giggs (Over aged) 12) James Tomkins 13) Jack Cork 14) Micah Richards (Over aged) 15) Aaron Ramsey 16) Scott Sinclair 17) Marvin Sordell 18) Jason Steele The squad had one or two surprises with certain players not being called up and players being called up who where unexpected but over through it existence Team GB played five games if you include the friendly against Brazil with all player featuring in at least 45 minutes of a game.


PLAYER RATINGS 1) Jack Butland – 6 Jack is a very young promising goalkeeper who at one game last season had over 50 scouts watching him. He hasn’t had any experience in the top two tiers of English football. A lot of pundits have praised him and said he had a really good tournament. For me, he did ok; he was a very good shot stopper but made a couple of mistakes during the tournament. The misplaced goal kick VS Senegal, The Goal against UAE where he stayed on his six yard box and the Goal against South Korea where he should’ve got a stronger hand to the ball. Saying that though, he clearly has potential and will one day be a great keeper . 2) Neil Taylor – 7 Taylor featured in all five games for GB. He is a left back but was at times asked to play right back to accommodate Ryan Bertrand. He was solid in possession, got forward, defended well and never looked phased during the tournament. 3) Ryan Bertrand – 7 Bertrand feature in four games and very much like Taylor he was solid in possession, got forward and defend well whenever he featured. 4) Danny Rose – 6 Rose featured four times, twice a substitute. He always looked to receive the ball and tried to beat his man in one on one situation, sometimes it worked, others it didn’t, he had an ok competition. 5) Steven Caulker – 7 Caulker played in all of GB’s games and he further enhances his growing reputation within the game. He defended very well and was very comfortable in possession when GB played out from the back. 6) Craig Dawson – 5 Dawson featured three times but never started a game. His main appearance was in the quarter final where he replaced the injured Micah Richards. In that game he did ok and scored a penalty in the shootout but he didn’t feature enough to gain a higher rating. 7) Tom Cleverley – 6 A promising youngster who featured in all the games. He looked comfortable in possession of the ball but wasted a lot of possession by trying to play over the top balls. 8) Joe Allen – 8 For me, Joe Allen was GB’s player of the tournament. He started in every game for the team. He was comfortable in possession, always wanting the ball and was rarely wasteful in possession. He would come deep to collect the ball of the defenders. He would also receive the ball further up the field and make sure GB kept possession. Watching him in this competition I can see why Brendan Rodgers wants to take him to Liverpool with him. 9) Daniel Sturridge – 6 Sturridge featured in all the games and scored two goals. He was asked to play as a lone striker and in my opinion his game does not suit this role. He tried his best but at times wasn’t given the right service. He managed to score twice but as a lone striker it doesn’t quite work. 10) Craig Bellamy – 7 The first over aged player, playing in his first competitive tournament. He featured in all five games on the right wing. In every game he was a handful and always looked to beat his man in one on one situation. He always put a lot of useful crosses into the penalty area. 11) Ryan Giggs – 6 Captain Fantastic, or maybe not. Giggs did ok, but very similar to Cleverley he was comfortable in possession but also very wasteful when playing balls over the top. We can only presume that both of them were asked to play them balls by the coach. He did take his headed goal very well.


12) James Tomkins – 4 Tomkins played twice, against Brazil for 45 minutes and against the UAE. In both games he looked out of his depth. He struggled to have a good understand with both Richards and Caulker. He struggled to defend well and also looked lost at times. 13) Jack Cork – 5 Cork featured four times but never started in the tournament, he was brought on and given spells of 15-20 minutes to play. He did ok but was never given enough time to show what he can do. 14) Micah Richards – 5 The third over aged player. Richards was probably the most shocking over aged selection. He spent all season for Manchester City playing as right back but for some reason Pearce played him as a centre back. He did ok there but he never seemed comfortable. His best game was against UAE when he played right back and could get forward to attack. 15) Aaron Ramsey – 6 Ramsey featured in all the games, he did ok in the tournament, he was comfortable on the ball but again similar to Cleverley and Giggs, he wasted possession to much trying the over the top balls which often resulted in the other team getting the ball. 16) Scott Sinclair – 7 Sinclair featured four times and started twice. His tournament began against the UAE when he came on scored and created a goal leading to a GB victory. He was also involved in the goal VS Uruguay. He looked good on the ball and always looked to beat his man, my one criticism is that he was seemed to cut inside and rarely tried to go down the line and cross the ball. 17) Marvin Sordell – 5 People saw this as a shock inclusion but considering he featured a lot for England under 21’s maybe we shouldn’t have been as surprised. He did ok and at times led the line better than Sturridge did. He didn’t get luck though, hit the bar against Senegal and was never given more than 45 minutes to play. It would’ve been interesting to see him and Sturridge start upfront together. 18) Jason Steele – 5 Featured once for 45 minutes against Brazil. Didn’t impress that much and that is most likely the reason for him being the backup keeper for the team. DAVID BECKHAM Becks was the one player who was going to the Olympics, he was there, he was going to lead us to gold, it was going to be his final hoorah in Football, it was going to be great! Then Stuart Pearce didn’t pick him...due to ‘football reason’. Along with almost the whole country I was appalled at his decision, how could he not pick Becks? Now a lot of people though Becks should’ve been in because of what he did towards getting the games to London, if he had been picked for that reason that would have been wrong. But Pearce’s decision to claim he wasn’t picked for ‘football reason’ is nothing short of a disgrace in my opinion. Beckham plays in the MLS, the season runs from March-November, so arguably he would be the fittest player in the squad due to his fitness levels being at the Competitive level. Just to add to the argument, during and leading up the Olympics Beckham managed to score four times and created three goals in only three games for the LA Galaxy. All the games where after the squad was announces. Beckham wasn’t picked because of ‘football reason’ Pearce got it wrong. TACTICS Every game GB lined up 4-3-3. They tried as best as they could to play out of the back but a lot of time as soon as the ball got into midfield they launched a long ball over the top, presuming that was Pearce’s strategy. I feel that GB should’ve tried to keep the ball on the deck more but I’ll give Pearce credit where it is due, he did get all his decision regarding substations spot on.



LINE UP Subs #6 #12 #13 #15 #16 #17 #18

Dawson Tomkins Cork Ramsey Sinclair Sordell Steele

STATISTICS Team GB 1 Goals 4 Shots on Goal 5 Shots 7 Fouls Committed 17 Fouls Suffered 2 Corners 1 Offside 1 Yellow 0 2nd Yellow 0 Red 53% Possession 34 Playing Time

Senegal 1 6 18 18 7 3 1 3 0 0 45% 28

ANALYSIS Team GB had lots of possession throughout the game however, a lot of this was passing the ball sideways and backwards. They played out well from the back but as you can see in this video ( ) most of the time once it got into the midfield they just launched a ball long over the top. When they tried to play it along the ground it normally ended up with Senegal regaining possession as you can see in this video ( ). Despite having less of the ball Senegal created more chances and deserved to equalise. Some may even say that Senegal deserved to win the game considering the chances that they had.



LINE UP Subs #3 #4 #6 #9 #13 #16 #18

Bertrand Rose Dawson Sturridge Cork Sinclair Steele

STATISTICS Team GB 3 Goals 10 Shots on Goal 16 Shots 7 Fouls Committed 8 Fouls Suffered 5 Corners 1 Offside 0 Yellow 0 2nd Yellow 0 Red 59% Possession 37 Playing Time

UAE 1 2 14 8 7 4 1 2 0 0 41% 26

ANALYSIS Bertrand, Rose and Sturridge all dropped to the bench and where replaced by Tomkins, Ramsey and Sordell. Richards went to right back and Taylor went to left back. Once again Team GB had more possession of the ball but they failed to create as many chances as the UAE. This game saw Team GB keep the ball along the floor a lot more and this was more pleasing on the eye than the way they played against Senegal. It was a better performance and the main talking point of the game was the Stuart Pearce brining on Scott Sinclair who single handily changed the game by scoring the second and creating the third goal. Jack Butland made a couple of good saves at but in my opinion he was at fault for the UAE goal as he stayed on his 6 yard box instead of coming out to make the goal bigger.



LINE UP Subs #4 #6 #11 #12 #13 #17 #18

Rose Dawson Giggs Tomkins Cork Sordell Steele

STATISTICS Team GB 1 Goals 6 Shots on Goal 12 Shots 12 Fouls Committed 11 Fouls Suffered 6 Corners 0 Offside 2 Yellow 0 2nd Yellow 0 Red 63% Possession 36 Playing Time

Uruguay 0 6 20 12 12 3 2 5 0 0 37% 21

ANALYSIS Tomkins, Sordell and surprisingly Giggs where dropped to the bench for this game. In came Bertrand, Sturridge and Sinclair. This meant that Taylor went back to right back and Richards back into centre back. Once again Team GB had a lot of possession. Early on the moved it around nicely but didn’t have much luck in the final third. As the game progressed they went back to knocking long balls over the top. This ended up with Uruguay regaining possession, although they didn’t do much when they had the ball. Team GB’s goal was well worked, great ball in behind by Sinclair, nice turn and delivery by Allen and Sturridge timed his run well to tap into the empty goal. As the game went on Uruguay needed to push forward, GB coped with this and defended very well under pressure.



SHOOTOUT GB Goal Goal Goal Goal Miss South Korea Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal

LINE UP Subs #4 #6 #11 #12 #13 #17 #18

Rose Dawson Giggs Tomkins Cork Sordell Steele

STATISTICS Team GB 1 Goals 3 Shots on Goal 12 Shots 12 Fouls Committed 17 Fouls Suffered 2 Corners 3 Offside 2 Yellow 0 2nd Yellow 0 Red 58% Possession 42 Playing Time

South Korea 1 4 16 18 12 7 4 4 0 0 42% 30

ANALYSIS Same starting 11 from the previous game. Once again Team GB had lots of possession but most of this was sideways and backwards passes. They went back to playing out from the back but as soon as the ball got into the midfield they constantly kept trying to playing long, over the top balls which ended with South Korea regain possession. GB once again had less chances on goal despite having more possession. They did well to last 120 minutes and take the game to penalties, considering that it was pre season for the GB players. GB lost in a shootout but they were unlucky as all five of South Korea’s penalties where near perfect.


SUCCESSFUL OR NOT? SO WAS IT A SUCCESS? If you look at just the tournament then the answer to the question would be no. On paper GB should’ve beaten South Korea and got to the semi final game. They never had a game where you watched and thought, we could win the tournament. They always started well by playing out from the back but for some reason whenever the ball got into the midfield it was launched long which always led to the opposition regain the ball. They always had a lot of possession but despite this, in every game they had less chances on goal than the opposition. Was the best squad picked? No. Was the best man in charge? No. Did they play good football? Sometimes but most of the time it wasn’t the best. However, the tournament isn’t the only thing that decides if having a GB squad was successful. We need to look at the bigger picture. The Olympic motto is to ‘inspire a generation’ Ask yourself this, did the football help inspire a generation? For me, the answer is yes. With the tournament being an Under 23 tournament it allowed for players, who normally would not play in an international tournament, to do so. This can only help them further their careers and when the times comes for them to represent their nation at the Euros or a World Cup, then they will be ready. They will be use to a tournament environment so might not underachieve, like so many Home Nation teams have done in the past. Today, I was coaching a group of 16 children aged between 7-10. One of the came up to me and said ‘Did you see GB loose to Korea, they were unlucky, its good we have a team GB team though, one day I want to play for team GB.’ Now I don’t know how much that has been fed to the child by his parents but for me as a coach to hear a nine year old boy say that helps me answer my question. SO TO SUMMARISE: Was Team GB Football a Success? In terms of the tournament, No. Once again we underachieved. In terms of the bigger picture, it helped ‘inspire a generation’ the players in the tournament got competitive international experience at a young age which can only help them in the future. Children across the country have been gripped by it and now want to grow up to play football for team GB, so was the team a success? It definitely was. Do you agree? I’d love to hear people’s opinions, contact me on twitter or by email. Thanks for reading. Michael






Goalkeeper Session Plan Topic : 1 v 1, Angles & Communication

Keeper : Group

Equipment : 20 cones, Coloured vests, 8 flag poles, 2 balls per GK Warm up O - Jog and Bounce O - Side Step & Bounce O - Lunge Walks O - Butt Kicks O - Straight kicks O - Inside Taps O - Rapid feet Fw & Bk O - Rapid feet Side O - Toe Taps on ball O - 2 leg straight Jumps

GK’s start at top of drill and perform various foot patterns through cones. GK’s perform various saves using correct technique at end of lines

Technical Development - Instructions and Key Coaching Points GK starts in centre of goal at each end Players start at either end by side of goal GK starts the drill by distributing to player running onto pitch Player then attacks the opposite keeper GK must immediately recover from shot and get into position for the next shot Player to collect his ball and join end of line opposite to his starting point Progressions Drill to progress from previous sessions on Angled Shot stopping and 1 v 1’s. Coach to call ‘Angled shot’ or ‘1 v 1’

Drill 1 - Instructions and Key Coaching Points Progression from Tech Dev with added opposition and overload Red team start by playing ball to attacker, at same time White team send a defender into play As players approach each other Red team send in an extra striker to create 2 v1 GK to immediately communicate with defender that striker is in play and his location, GK them proceeds to command his defence Progression Add 2 extra strikers to create 3 v 1 Build up to 3 v 2 and 4 v 2 GK’s must communicate effectively with defence to cut out striking options, implement 30 or 60 seconds to score. 1pt for goal 1pt for defending

Small Sided Game - Instructions and Key Coaching Points Normal game rules Conditions 1 Point for a normal goal 2 Points for an angled goal 1 v 1 3 Points for dribble round keeper 1 Point for effective communication from GK to cancel out an attack enabling teams to score from attacking and defending

Session Planner Designed by Paul Simms (FAW / UEFA Qualified Goalkeeper Coach)

UEFA C Certificate Coaching Goalkeepers, FAW Goalkeeper Award, Football Leaders Award, International Bronze Coaching Licence



The Therapist Olympics, Paralympics and being a Games Maker The Olympics has no doubt been a great success, well hosted and well competed by all. The Olympic Games is a great spectacle and I hope for the country that it truly does inspire other people to take up sports that they might not have considered before, and help to improve the quality of sport for all at a grass root level and beyond. Looking at the Olympics from a medical perspective, having worked at the Stadium during the games I feel the games where well organised with an amazing atmosphere throughout. There were very few major issues, with medical problems dealt with quickly and efficiently. All the games makers where friendly and approachable which made the whole event very enjoyable. From my experience I have found being a games maker very motivating, improving my skills in stadium first aid and what to expect from a major competition medical set up. Working in a stadium is very different to other work I have been involved in. I hope that this might inspire other games makers to apply their skills and take part in more volunteering roles in grass root sport. I hope that the Paralympics will continue the good work of the Olympic Games by increasing interest in sport, whilst hopefully raising the standards of competition throughout the UK. All topics discussed in this article are for information purposes only. If you have specific enquiry or concern please visit a trained registered practitioner for a consultation or assistance. Glenn Morriss Sports Therapist



ProSoccerSessions is a coaching scheme aimed at Managers and Coaches of ALL levels. However senior players (over the age of 18) with aspirations of becoming a football coach are also welcome to attend. Each 2 and 1/2 hour session in October will include : • Presentation to start using video & examples Outside coaching will then cover : • Roles & Responsibilities in either 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formations • Build up from unit work into 11 v 11 • Wednesday 3rd October will cover defensive sessions on the above • Wednsday 17th October will cover attacking sessions on the above Each 2 and 1/2 hour session in August will include : • Passing and Warm up Sessions • Possession Games • Defending / Attacking Sessions • Small Sided Games • Crossing & Finishing Sessions • Dependant on numbers, coaches may be invited to take part in sessions so please come in suitable clothing. You may also want to bring a notepad. Neil will be available for Q & A’s after the sessions. Cost will be £60 per person per session. Reduction will be given for more than one session being booked per person or per club. Places will be limited.




Student Of The Game - Issue 4  

Our new look magazine featuring youth development strategies from Brazilian football and the use of futsal and small sided games in youth fo...

Student Of The Game - Issue 4  

Our new look magazine featuring youth development strategies from Brazilian football and the use of futsal and small sided games in youth fo...