The following is drawn from a comment about the development video shown on the Soccer IQ tab. It is about the SSG push in training. What do you think?
Teaching the game in context led to the Small Sided Game (SSG) push. Players learn best when there’s pressure and competitive elements are involved. Skills learned in those situation translate directly to the game. Therefore learning tactics with the associated skills is required.”
Actually, if I understand correctly, (the coach of the team in the development video) is advocating doing EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. Don’t setup a little soccer thought experiment, throw the players in it, and expect them to figure it out. Choreograph exactly how things should go in a game then rehearse exactly that over, and over, and over again until everything is perfect. As a side effect, players do not have to be masters of every possible technique. They just need to be able to execute their role in the choreography. This is in direct contradiction with the “let the game be the teacher” progressive coaching philosophy advocated in the USSF licensing clinics.
I think most club coaches buy into that philosophy. So they pack the players into a tiny area, place them under intense competitive pressure and let them “figure it out.” For example, playing 5v5v5 keep-away in a 10×15 grid. One-touch in a mosh pit. And when the players cannot translate that into a framework for how to play in the game, 50/50 donkey ball results.
If you were preparing a ballet group to perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, would you shove all the dancers into a phone booth, play all of the songs simultaneously at full blast and double speed, scream “DO BALLET-ISH STUFF! FIGURE IT OUT!”, and hope that art is a result?