The key to good tackling is how players get into position. They start working on this at a very young age in Australia. This is called tracking and is done before any contact is made. MORE
VIDEO: Where to stand in coaching games
Watch this clip of me coaching a group of U13s.
You probably start by watching the players. They do some good things! There’s some good communication, passing to space and some go forward. I’m only the guest coach, so credit to their own coaches for that.
Now watch me.
Over the years, I’ve changed the way I coach games:
- I say less
- My language is urgent
- I’m not giving out tactical instructions
What does urgent mean?
I want to keep the players playing. If the ball goes on the ground or a mistake is made, then the players need to recover and keep playing.
Also, look at my positioning.
There are pros and cons of this:
- I’m close to the action so I can give personal feedback.
- I don’t need to shout, so can give softer input.
- I can see the players faces and sense their physical state.
- I can’t see the whole picture.
- I’m in the way.
I think the pros far outweigh the cons.
What do you think?