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Nt_loader

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Thinking of how to get my team to the next level, U12's currently, and I see a lot of discussions around team tactics.  For me its all about 1st touch and skills with team working together, but rarely do we work on tactics.

When is it appropriate to introduce tactics and how much time should be dedicated to it during sessions?   
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I would say that they are at the age for them.
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I have U11 girls right now NT and I just started to introduce some simple patterns to their game. Once we got technique where they can consistently pass and play with head up and confidence to take someone on and succeed I simply added some up back and through patterns to their game to play out of the back and look to create opportunities in the final third. So our technical work includes this pattern when appropriate and I will try and highlight opportunities for this pattern in our play. I see it being used more and more in their game play as well. I alternate the types of patterns to show where they can be used to free a wide winger/outside back or slip an advancing midfielder in behind a checking striker. Application of technique right? Back to the Dutch TIC. Now if I could just get the girls to communicate as much in the game as they do on the sidelines...
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I have U11 girls right now NT and I just started to introduce some simple patterns to their game. Once we got technique where they can consistently pass and play with head up and confidence to take someone on and succeed I simply added some up back and through patterns to their game to play out of the back and look to create opportunities in the final third. So our technical work includes this pattern when appropriate and I will try and highlight opportunities for this pattern in our play. I see it being used more and more in their game play as well. I alternate the types of patterns to show where they can be used to free a wide winger/outside back or slip an advancing midfielder in behind a checking striker. Application of technique right? Back to the Dutch TIC. Now if I could just get the girls to communicate as much in the game as they do on the sidelines...


I try to do something similar during my sessions with TIC.  One of the issues I run into is "Forgetting" what we practice during games.  I might see flashes of it but nothing is consistent as it is with practice, where, I can get them working together.   
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I don't think it is any different than technique though.. stay at it until you see it show up consistently in the game. It didn't happen overnight for us either and I have to say that is the biggest thing I've learned lately in my coaching development.. long term view and don't stray from the path. We have been working on up back and through patterns all winter and will this entire season. Progress not perfection right? Also remember the age.. we can't expect consistent performances from game to game either... frustrating sometimes sure.. but all in that long term development path.
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Tactics are simply decisions they make: individual, small group, large group and team.
Once they can control they body and ball, you can begin with individual tactics.   Basically, are you satisfied with bodies without a "brain"?
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