Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Buddy System

Despite a disappointing result on Tuesday, the last quarter of the game illustrated how we can play when we put our minds to it - flowing passing, good communication and players supporting their team-mates and reading their game.
I'm still investigating pitch availability to get back to some training. I'll get back to you as soon as I have some results.

In the meantime, I want to get you thinking of actively implementing the Buddy system

For those of you who either didn't get , or mislaid the Buddy chart, here it is again - click on it to enlarge, and print off if you want.
It's quite simple.

On the chart positions are numbered 1-11. They don’t correspond to shirt numbers, just to the area of the field.
A player has two buddies on the pitch (grey numbers next to the principal number). Each player should at all times be aware of where these players are on the pitch and be ready to pass to and receive a pass from them. The idea is to build up a tight formation where players are sure of support at all times.
It also ensures that if a sub takes their place, that they immediately fit in to the position, sure of passing support and aware of who is relying on them for support.
For all players apart from the central midfielder, the players you're partnered with also include the players who have you as a partner so you only have two team-mates to concentrate on.
The central midfielder has a tougher job -he's partnered with 6 and 8, but 3 and 4 are partnered up to him as well and he must be aware of the striker, No 10. Being in the centre of the field, however he shouldn't be lacking for support at any time in terms of passing.

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