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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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Hi guys, can you go a little deeper on the up,back, and through pattern. Or just tell me how it is set up. Thanks Ian!
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Lucky614,
have you tried the forum search function?
Is this useful: http://andagain.websitetoolbox.com/post/training-upbackthrough-movementpattern-3278423?highlight=up+back&pid=31681863
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I have used the search many times however I wanted to get somewhat up to date responses just to get the juices flowing. The site is still not flowing as good as it was. Search mode will accommodate however the back and four among coaches is where the true success lies on this forum. But thanks for the link! It does remind me that there is a ton of stuff in the ark.
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Lucky,
Up, Back & Through Pattern is exactly that, a simple pattern of passing
i.e.
......................>>>>>>X4

 

..............................X2

..........................................X3

 

..............................X1o

Here, X1 has the ball with X2 about 10-20 yds ahead and X3 approx 12yds ahead with X4 around 30 yds ahead

X1 plays to X2 who is facing them
X2 first time back at an angle to X3
X4 makes an attack run and X3 plays first time into X4s run

The principle is:
Pass 1 is towards the opponents goal,
Pass 2 is away from the opponents goal at an angle to a support player
Pass 3 is a through pass on the ground or in the air to an attacker making an attack run

This is also the pattern I like to encourage when I run the SSG Challenge "On Possession, 3 One touch passes before going for goal"

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I use the 5 combinations of 3 passes as part of every practice. Then we play 4on4, 7on7, 9on9 as much as possible and look for opportunities to use these pass combinations. Not necessarily tactics, but realistic soccer interplay. 
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My drawing skills aren't near what Kev's are.. so hopefully the picture will attach. This is an example of one pattern I've run to goal but really you use the pattern anywhere which is why I like to start with it. Playing out of the back is another area where I really emphasis it, but I get better intensity in the practice going to goal. I'll just steal from Kev as always.. he mentioned a game once that I've adopted that he called the Arsenal game. If you want to take two touches your second touch must be towards the goal. I found it a great guided discovery way of teaching the girls to play the way they face or LOOK to see if they can turn.

Eventually they should be able to play all the passes of the pattern one touch but I always emphasize that the last pass (the "through" pass) needs to be one touch if possible. Coaching points are really on the #9 (letter C in the diagrams) providing a good set ball so that the through pass can be hit first time. "Backwards to go forwards" is something I tell the girls a lot too. I like to progress this quickly to getting them to move to receive the passes so they understand where to position themselves to use the pattern. Remember the queue is when the ball goes back to A, D "the winger" needs to get on their horse and be moving before the through ball is played.

So typical session might be technical warm up using the attached pattern to goal then move to a 4v3 to goal and 5v4 to goal. You could also mix in a 4v4 game using the Arsenal condition as well.

Hope that helps,
Ian

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The Keys to the whole 'pattern' for me are:
1. The 'UP' pass can be after a control OR first time
2. The 'BACK' pass must be on the ground at an angle for the receiver to be able to play first time. It is the 'TRIGGER' for an attack run from a forward
3, The 'THROUGH' pass MUST be first time - no controlling it first.

A little 'gem' I use is:

........................................|---GK---|.................................


 

.............................................(v)

........................*......................................*
........................D..........(iv).......................C

..........................................(ii)

..................................(iii)

........................................................(i)

........................*o.....................................*
                         A                                       B
.....................XXX

A with a ball plays in front of B at (i), who moves to stun the ball for C to move to receive at (ii)
As C one touches it back to A who has waited by (iii), D makes a run and turns at (iv) to receive a through ball from A at (v)
D controls and shoots second touch.
All move onto the next position: A to B, B to C, C to D, D collects ball and dribbles back to start
Next at A plays as soon as the player is at B

All passes on the ground:
Work both sides so A starts on the bottom right cone where B was originally

Progress: The 'THROUGH' pass is chipped into the space ahead of D for D to control and shoot

 


 


 

 

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