5 Coaching Ideas for Teaching Attacking Patterns of Play
If you want your team to find fluidity in attack, you've got to put in the time and effort to build the framework of that attack on the training ground.
Learning to engineer smooth passing connections and proper movement off the ball during practice only comes with repeated execution and memorization, so it's imperative that you begin to design patterns of play to your attack that can be digested and comprehended each practice.
Here are 5 coaching ideas for teaching attacking patterns of play:
1. Start Simple
Even if you're trying to implement complicated and hard to track patterns, don't overcomplicate things for the players early on when they're trying to learn the ABC's of the movement.
Start with the basic concepts, teach the proper runs, the correct preparation touch with specific parts of the foot, and then go to the passing sequence before you start to get more complex.
If you set a baseline of easy to grasp design you'll be able to build upon that initial phase of the pattern and take the next step.
2. Breakdown Each Piece
After you've introduced the basics, it's good to stop, rewind, and then breakdown each piece of action in the pattern, when to play the ball, the desired timing of the runners with out it, and what type of ball speed and weight is need for each section of the exercise.
When you take the time to do this, the players will find success, and the coach will avoid the frustration that can come when the team doesn't seem to get what's being asked of them.
3. Keep Focused on Attack
If you are working on an attacking pattern of play, make sure that is what you are truly focusing on and coaching to, don't start talking about how you defend in transition if you lose the ball, or start wandering off topic.
If you're asking the players to learn a pattern, then make sure that is what the focus is for every member of the team, including the coaching staff, and don't stray from the topic.
4. Don't Introduce Pressure to Early
It's very easy to find yourself wanting to introduce varying degrees of pressure into your patterns of play, things might get a little slack at times, and game speed can be lost, but it is best to avoid introducing pressure if the focus of your session is on attack.
Until the players absolutely have the pattern down, are able to fizz the ball around the park, and convert with aplomb at the end of the movement, then and only then can you consider incorporating pressure based on the level of your team; until then, leave it alone.
5. Make it Second Nature
If you hammer the topic, and spend enough time making it second nature for the players, you'll begin to see amazing results on match day as your players ping the ball around on the deck and cut your opponents to shreds.
So start coaching them up, breaking it down, hitting the core concepts of design, and you'll be on your way to masterminding the slickest attack opposing teams have ever seen.