A small part of the FA Youth Module 2 takes a look at the types of practice used in football sessions. It also asks a question about saving the more game like practice until the end. Why do we have to wait until the very end of the session to start playing a more match like practice?
Well the answer to that after the module 2 course is, we don’t have to wait. We can always start with the game like situation and then go back to a more constant or variable practice. Nothing wrong with seeing what the players do naturally before coaching them to improve, and if that means we have to go back to a more basic practice containing a lot of repetitive then that’s fair enough.
Practicing an isolated technique in constant conditions – example, passing over the same distance and angles. Predictable, unopposed or very limited pressure. Narrow focus but a good feeling of success. Massive focus on good technique, lots of touches and repetition of the same movement. Only downside is that not enough movement of directions, lack of angles and realism to the game. But still a good practice to help good technique.
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