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How do you coach creativity? (Part 1)

In the following video, you will see FA National coach Dan Micciche deliver a session with a focus on developing creativity .
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SPEAKER 1: In the following video, you’ll see two FA National Coaches delivering two different practises. Tony McCallum and Dan Micciche will use different approaches to their practise design and delivery.
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TONY MCCALLUM: OK lads, what we’re going to do is we’re going to start off, you’re going to play a game. OK? You’re going to play against them. Yeah? OK? All right. Choose an end. What end do you want to go? OK? Go to that end. You go this end. et your keeper in nets. OK, play.
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OK. So what we’ve got here is we’ve got under-14s in green and under-16s in yellow and they’re playing 11 v 8. OK? So in terms of creativity, we’ve got three things. We got a small area, which is going to– which is going to pose and ask questions of them in terms of their creativity. We’ve got old v young. All right? And the challenge for the older ones is they’ve got three less players. So they’ve got to deal with that. And the challenge for the younger ones is they’re playing against older kids. OK? So this is something that you may want to build into your programmes if you’ve got that responsibility.
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And I find this is quite a good tool to use. You get good social interaction as well amongst the kids. So all I’m doing now is I’m just watching them. I’m going to play three lots of 10 minute games. And all I’m doing at the moment is just getting them to get a feel of the pitch, get used to the game. And I’m just looking at individuals really and just hunting for intent. And also what I’m going to do in the second period is I’m going to move two yellows onto the greens and two greens onto the yellow. So the reason I do that is because it just provides them with different challenges. Yeah, throw it. Throw the ball. Yeah.
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Different challenges. So I’m just going to watch them for a bit OK?
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Corner. You’ve got four seconds to take it. One two three four good.
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Nice. Excellent. Good play.
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Good. Goal kick.
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OK, free kick. Stop. Free kick. I’ve given a free kick because I think you could have brought that down in your chest. OK? Play. Green free kick. Play.
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Luke, Luke, good try. What were you trying there?
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PLAYER: Trying not to give it to the keeper.
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TONY MCCALLUM: Fantastic. Well done. You know next time, yeah, just think about maybe getting a bit more disguise. Yeah? It’s a bit more disguise so it’s a bit more– and just move your feet a little bit quicker. OK? But the idea was right. So try that again if you get an opportunity. Good. Good.
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Free kick. Free kick.
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Why did I give a free kick? OK, could you– No? No, because I think you could have run with it. Yeah? OK? Right. Just take it from there. Just come with me a sec. Play. You’re one more man down yellows. Sorry that I’ve– I’ve gone for you twice. Put it there. Go on. Because in the next hour, you’ll be doing all sorts OK? So what are the things for you to think about in this game now?
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PLAYER: Getting the ball down one time. And like be confident–
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TONY MCCALLUM: Yeah. Do you play centerhalf all the time? Yeah. OK. Well, do you think centerhalfs can move into midfield? Yeah? Do you know many? Who do like that does that?
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PLAYER: David Luis.
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TONY MCCALLUM: Yeah, exactly. Brilliant example. OK. So be David Luis next five minutes. But you’ve got to defend properly as well. OK? Five me. Five me. Well done. Good.
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Well played. Excellent. Good try. That’s gone for a throw. Four seconds. One two. Good. Good. Corner. Well done. One two three four. OK. Good feet. Well done. Good. Good try.
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Keeper’s ball. What was it you were trying there. Because I saw you do this little movement with your arm. What were you going to do if it had come to you? We’re going straight to– go on. Show me.
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PLAYER: When?
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TONY MCCALLUM: Just now. It was coming in to you. There and– it was good. You did something with your arm. Will you show– Yeah.
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PLAYER: I was just going to sort of kick it.
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TONY MCCALLUM: Fantastic. Well done you. That was excellent.
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Corner. What’s his name? Corner. Well done.
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Good. Lads in goal, do you mind swapping ends please? OK, so you two swap ends. Yeah. If that’s OK. Could you swap with yourself please? Yeah. And can I– is there anybody on the greens that’s happy to go onto the yellow team and play with three players less? You’re happy to do that? Yep. OK. If you take your bib off. And a yellow that’s happy to go and play and help out the younger lads. Connor, you stay where you are. Anyone you like. Yeah, you happy to do it? Thank you. All right. So you two swap. OK. Right now.
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At your clubs, do you ever get sin binned? No. OK. Do you mind if I introduce a sin bin rule? All right? All it will be is you’ll be off for 10 seconds. Yeah? It’s just to get sank into your head. So what sort of things so far have I pulled you up on?
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Not getting the ball down. What do you mean?
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PLAYER: Wrong decisions like when you’re on the ball. Decisions that you make.
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TONY MCCALLUM: Yeah. OK. Well, you know– give me an example.
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PLAYER: What Jake did like not doing that pass.
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TONY MCCALLUM: Which pass? Oh, that one there. Yeah, so you still– did you keep the ball? Yeah, you still kept the ball. But what am I trying to do with the little things I’ve asked you to do do you think? Go on. Be creative. OK. What does that mean?
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Yeah.
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PLAYER: Trying something different.
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TONY MCCALLUM: Yeah. Trying something different? Yeah. Anyone else? OK. Right. So– and there’s nobody on this pitch that isn’t capable of it, because you’re Academy kids. Are right? Everyone is capable– and keepers, that includes you by the way– OK so the sin bin rule would be, if– just so you’re aware– if you play a square pass when maybe you could have gone forward, or you could have flicked a little pass around the corner– I’ll sin bin you. OK? Is everyone all right with that? Yeah, so I’ll get the sin bin out for that. All right? So try and avoid– try not to be safe on it and be predictable. OK? And– look behind you– entertain them people.
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Because that’s the world you’re going into. It’s an entertainment industry. Yeah? OK. All right. Let’s go. Now, what’s the score by the way? Right lads. Lads. Just a quick one. Lads, if you score off a will pass, it counts as three. Yeah? Yeah? Does everyone know what a wall pass is? What is it? Show me what a wall pass is please.
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Yeah. OK. So what you’d need to do, is you’d need to do that to beat a player, and then finish. And if you do that it’s worth three. Why do you think I’ve put an importance on that? Try it. Yeah. Because it’s a fantastic weapon that’s under used. Yeah? Let’s go.
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Good. OK. Corner. Corner. Fantastic Well done. What were you trying? What were you trying there?
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Brilliant. Well done.
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OK. Ah, brilliant. Stop there. Stop there. Fantastic. What’s that called?
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A minute ago you were passing out there. That’s brilliant. I’m giving you a goal for that. Take centre. OK. That’s the only time I’m going to give a goal for that though because I expect that now. OK. Play.
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Good idea.
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OK. OK. Right. I know what you’re thinking guys, why didn’t I pull him up on that? He knows. All right? So I need to turn my attention away from him because I think he just needs to breathe and get on with– breathe and think and get on with the game. All right? But if it was me working with him, that would just be a little project. And that wouldn’t take long just to get him to bring the ball down and not play the ball down the line and give the ball away unnecessarily. OK. Play.
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Good. Fantastic. Well done. Good. Good. Good. OK. Good try.
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Good. They’re running with it. Now, the for the coaches, the area size is actually not even a 60 by 40.
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But it’s about 55 by 35 and they’re coping I think pretty well with it. So I [INAUDIBLE] to make it bigger if I really needed to. I don’t like to do that, but I’m not going to because I think they’re coping really well. What I’m just being conscious of now is the yellows. You know I’ve really got a tough challenge now. So I’m just keeping my eye on it just to make sure the challenge isn’t too high for them. You know? And I might give them a little 30 second time out halfway through this period just for them to have a chat and see what they can maybe do better.
In the following video, you will see FA National coach Dan Micciche, deliver a session with a focus on developing creativity
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