WHEN ARE WE PLAYING A GAME?
It is the most asked question to every coach but not anymore! Designed to support coaches coach through games, grow tactical thinkers and design environments that have stretch and support players, MatchPlay Cards are here to #ChangeTheGame.
How often do we go into a matchday knowing exactly what the opposition will do? How often do we give each team in training a different challenge?
Challenge one team to identify their opposing teams' MatchPlay Card challenge before wrapping the experience together at the end with a joint team reflection or with peer to peer conversations.
STRETCH & SUPPORT PLAYERS
As the game is in motion, pulling one or two players out per team to give them a team challenge creates a valuable opportunity for players to share information during the game and on the run as they collectively search for solve tactical solutions to their challenges.
Begin to use MatchPlay Cards as a tool to support your observation skills. Who needs support to get in the game and who needs stretch to be challenge more?
"IT'S ALL ABOUT CHOICE AND CHALLENGE. REFLECTING, TWEAKING, MAKING CHANGES TO THE NEXT PROBLEM.“
Reading FC Academy Coach
TAKING THE GAME TO A NEW LEVEL
Create a situation where players need to plan ahead of time with preselected challenges for certain areas of the field to promote a certain outcome, these could be a team or individual challenge depending on who you want stretch and support.
Who are you giving information to? Why? When? How?
CAPTURE LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Putting a question into the playing group before an element of a session of before a game to influence the behaviour of players and impact the quality of response to that question after. This would begin to support players in building links and connectivity between their in-game actions and decisions.
When we ask questions our minds begin to dive into our library of experiences and knowledge, even more so when we ask questions that people will enjoy answering.