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Lucky614

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Should soccer players like football players learn the art of creating separation along with developing the skill set to understand the ball carrier during possession?
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Absolutely!  Most of the work is to be done without the ball.  
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Vin, I am interested to hear how you go about teaching this skill set. 👍
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Vin, I am interested to hear how you go about teaching this skill set. 👍


A simple activity I run is called the In and Out game: 

Setup 4 v 4 in a 15x15 square with 4 players on the outside of box, 1 per side.  Adjust if you have more players. 

The objective is to have a mini 4 v 4 game inside the square with support players on the outside, a pass inside counts as 1 goal, a pass to the outside is 2 goals.  

Focus your coaching on the outside players, constantly reminding them to shift from side to side, cone to cone, teach square pass, diagonal pass, leading pass, etc etc.  

Rotate the players every 6-8 minutes as the activity can become demanding however keep the focus on the outside players.

A warm-up before this activity: 

Split the players 1/2 inside 1/2 outside the box.  Inside the box players dribble the ball and look for a pass to the outside, after the pass they simply change spots with the person they passed to on the outside.  The key to emphasize is movement, you don't want the outside players just sitting there waiting for a pass, essentially they need to get into a good position to receive the ball. 

Lots of coaching points to make in these activities: 

Receive the ball, open body to the field, receive back foot, etc etc.   

Hope this helps but I have a few more, let me know 
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I wrote this a month ago. The art of creating separation.

In soccer we are taught to mark up when not in possession of the ball. This will make it harder for the opposition to maintain possession if done correctly. When being marked tightly turnovers are forced because the ball carrier has limited passing lines.

I have seen this so many times where the game is literally in grid lock and has no flow because the excessive turn overs rate due to players not knowing how to handle being marked tightly.

Think of a quarter back in football during a new play. He gets the ball and has only milliseconds to find someone on his team preferably further down the field. The opposition scramble to take away every possible passing option in order to force errors and turn over the ball.

The wide receivers move in patterns called by the coach and quarterback to confuse and disorientate the defensive line with the intention of creating a yard or two off separation, just enough space to give the quarterback a pass line.

In soccer we do not have the coach running the game play by play in a freeze frame style. The game is a constant free flowing blend of possession and loss of possession.

Does this mean that the players off the ball should not know the patterns of movement and ways to create separation? Does this mean that the ball carrier should not learn and understand how to read the play?

I believe that in order to be successful there needs to be a specific skill set and connection between the two.

90% of the game is played off the ball. But it is this 90% that can be 100% of the difference between high levels of play and just hoping your playing a weaker team on game day.

So where I'm I going with all of this?

What is it that the players in advance of the ball need to know in order to create separation?

What is it that the ball carrier needs to know to both read the play, or pass the ball for possession and or penetration.

Going back to the amount of time that the game is played with out the ball.

1. Players must understand and except that most of the movement they make will not lead to or mean that they will or have to get the ball in reward for their effort.
2. Players must move with the intention to receive the ball or create the opportunity for someone else to receive the ball.
3. Players must know where, when, and how to move and why they are doing what they are doing.

How do we go about teaching the art of creating separation. We need to break it down into manageable action steps going from very simple to complex. All players in my opinion needs to go through the whole process even if familiar with the concept. More advanced player would simple move through the process quicker while reinforcing the basic fundamentals. On the other end of the spectrum the new or intermediate level player will go through the process at a much slower and deeper level in order make it stick and allow for the complexity to build on a sound foundation.
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Great post lucky!  I would like to add we have different parts of the game which also contribute to creating space, opportunities, and separation. 

1 - Ball in possession:  Most opportunity to create separation, coaching should focus on the basic principles of runs, getting wide, working channels, combinations, etc. 

2 - Ball not in possession:  Focus should be to regain possession as quickly as possible but not everyone should focus on this. Well who then, I believe the principles of defense come into play, with the player being closer to ball applying the most pressure.  Others need to read the pressure and make decisions of where the ball can end up and start moving - creating opportunities to score once the ball is regained.  

3 - Transition:  The phase between in possession and not.  Still need to read the game and this is where, in my opinion, most errors are made and goals are scored.

 
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