Sure, coaches spend a lot of time learning about their craft. As they should. But there still seem to be quite a few gaps in coaching education and media coverage here in the United States that leave room for misunderstanding and misrepresentation of key concepts.
You see, a lot of topics are only covered at a superficial level, even within expensive and formal coaching courses. This leaves coaches searching for even more resources and spending more time in order to improve themselves so they can, in turn, improve their teams.
This week, we highlighted two valuable and often misunderstood topics – short goal kicks and misconceptions about possession soccer – and discussed some of the details that are often overlooked or misrepresented.
On Tuesday, Joey joined me on the podcast and we talked about How to Execute Short Goal Kicks.
Emphasis was placed on the rehearsal of different scenarios during training in order to achieve success on matchday. In the write up of the podcast, a 6-minute video of goal kicks was provided to demonstrate how this has been done at the youth level here in the United States. Examples from the recent FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol game were highlighted throughout the podcast episode to paint the picture of what is happening currently at the top level.
Time investment: 32-minute podcast, 6-minute video
Payoff: A better understanding of short goal kicks and the different scenarios that are rehearsed during training and executed during matches.
On Thursday, we asked the question – What Are the Biggest Misconceptions of Playing Possession-Based Soccer?
The way possession-soccer is portrayed in coaching courses and also general soccer media is often wrong and therefore leads to the topic being misunderstood by coaches and fans alike. So, I peppered Joey with questions about possession-soccer, like:
- Who can play possession soccer?
- Can kids play possession soccer?
- Can the USMNT play possession soccer?
Throughout the episode, Joey pointed out the fact that just about any group of players can play possession soccer. Age, gender, club, league, and country are all non-factors. Because the main requirement for playing possession is the coach.
Time investment: 28-minutes
Payoff: Myth-busting evidence that possession-soccer can be played anywhere, by any team with proper coaching.
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