This session was presented at the October 4 coaching clinic. Pattern play is used by coaches to offer players passing options and combinations that can be used within the actual game. The coach will give players a specific pattern in which to pass the ball and players will make the pass in the specified sequence. The problem with traditional pattern play is that players do not follow the pattern and pass the ball in a manner that is consistent to the demands they face in the actual game. Often times players are to casual in their passes and do not fully concentrate because there is little to no opposition. This session provided players the best of both worlds. Through unlimited pattern play, players were given autonomy for their own decisions as that is consistent to the demands players face in the actual game. The more possession the attacking was able to hold the more demands and opposition were added.
This session was delivered as part of the National D license course. The session demonstrated the movements and responsibilities of the lone striker. With more teams employing 126.96.36.199 or a variation of this formation, single strikers are becoming more prevelant. The session ended with the coaching candidates identifying the most advantageous moments for the lone striker to observe prior to his or her movement.
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