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How do you coach creativity? (Part 2)

Carrying on from part 1, in this video FA National coach Tony MacCallum uses a different approach in developing creativity
TONY MCCALLUM: We’re going to work on some practises where we’re going to look at this challenge your own sort of creativity. And what I want to try and get is recognising where this thing might happen in the game, what sort of things, in terms of constraints, that we have to recognise, and then how do we allow the players maybe an opportunity to show us, and then influence maybe what it is they’re doing, and then some ideas to help them develop that further. So the idea on the practise, I’m going to work the same practise on both halves of the field, OK? There’s an unguarded goal on the half-way line. OK?
And you’re going to play two blues against one yellow inside this central box. The rest of the pitch is sort of a C shape, and we’re going to play the three v. three in there. And all I want is this. The goalkeeper is going to distribute the ball into the yellows. And they’re going to try and score into this unguarded goal. Blues, if we win it back, we then attack them and try and score into that goal. Simple enough in that practise? Same on the other side. So there’s two yellows. Goalkeepers going to play into the blues. They’re going to try and play into their target player and score.
If we win it, we then attack and go the other way. The only condition of the practise is that, to start off with, the goalkeeper plays to the blues and they try and score. We’re just going to stay inside these playing areas, OK? So if it’s in this C-shaped pitch, it’s three against three. If it’s in the middle box, it’s two against one. So simple enough? If you’re the blue team, or the defending team sorry, who are playing out and trying to score in that goal, you can score from anywhere. So Josh, you play to your yellows to try and score in there. Blues, you defend that goal and try and score that end. Yeah? Toby, you ready? Yeah.
Off you go. Go on, play.
Good. Good. [? Nalley. ?] Start the ball again, that end. So every time it stops, start from the goalkeeper at the other end.
So because the practise is new to them, we might have to give him a little time just to try and discover how to play it. Linking back to some of the information yesterday, which some of the guys from the Dutch FA said, you know, we’ve got to recognise moments in the game. So what I’m trying to recognise is that from a defendant situation, the transition of trying to win possession. And then, we can then look to try and attack and go the other way. So from the possession in this game at this end, it’s now into the final part of the field. It’s three versus three in the top end. And we’re going to work going towards the larger goals.
Yeah? See in this side. When the ball starts from the goalkeeper, they’re trying to play into the middle. We win it and then we try to play back, OK? So if you’re on an attacking team, OK? So if you’re attacking on that half of the pitch or you’re attacking on this half of the pitch towards the big goal, there’s some questions there for you to have a look at. If you’re defending, OK? When they get it, and they’re trying to attack the big goal, there’s some questions for you on there, OK? So whichever group you belong to, just have a look at some of those questions, OK?
So if you were attacking in that practise towards the big goal, some things there. If you’re defending against the big goal, some questions there for you.
OK? So if you’re the attacking team trying to score in that end, yeah? What do you maybe do individually? So before you receive the ball, how can you try and get yourself into positions to try to and receive? So there’s something for you to think about. What’s your movements look like?
SPEAKER 1: Away to come into it.
TONY MCCALLUM: Good. So you might check a way to come and get it.
SPEAKER 2: Quick.
TONY MCCALLUM: You might be quick.
SPEAKER 3: Slow to go fast.
TONY MCCALLUM: Slow to go fast. Good. Anything else?
SPEAKER 4: Get behind the defenders who don’t know where you are.
TONY MCCALLUM: Try to get behind players. Yeah?
SPEAKER 5: Like blind movement.
TONY MCCALLUM: Something where the ball is on one side, and you’re trying to go and steal around the back of somebody. Good, OK? What about that personal possession bit?
TONY MCCALLUM: So when you’ve got it, personally.
SPEAKER 7: One-twos and overlaps?
TONY MCCALLUM: So there are one-twos you might try and use, OK? Does it get more difficult when there’s a smaller space in which to play? Yeah? So I want them to try and defend against you properly. So that’s the bit. That’s the challenge for you. How can you get out of those real tight situations? How do you work when you’re under those sort of pressures, is that right?
Just get that ball inside over there.
Well done, Toby, good boy. See if you can play it in. Well done, Dan. Good. Yeah. Just freeze there. Just stop there. [WHISTLE] Good, well done. Slow. As the players, that’s right– as the players have got the ball here, can you two keep the ball a little bit better against that one player, do you think? Yeah? So I’m going to trust you guys to try to keep the ball. While we try to get ourselves set up to receive it. And one of the things you said over there was, sometimes you might try and steal in behind. Yeah? Sometimes you might try and get in front, OK? Sometimes you might try and get away from a marker.
So what I’m looking for now is as the ball’s there, how clever can you be to try and get away from this player to get into that real tight space behind? Or this space in front, OK? But it’s really important how you two keep the ball to allow these guys to set themselves up to receive it. Yeah? So keep the ball a little bit better. Yeah, there you go. Good. Well done. Good. Good. Well done, Dan, good boy. Well done, Archie. Like that, good.
We’re just going to play the game, now, without the central goals in there, OK? And we’re going to play inside this central area. Can you see that all right? So it’s still the same picture at this end of the pitch closest to the goal. So let’s seem them pick at that end of the pitch closest to the goal, yeah. So three against three, we just got this big box in the middle now, OK? And when we play in there, we’re going to play like this, OK? So three against three in there. And then, depend on which team we’re playing for, we either attacking or defending, OK? So the blues are trying to play through into here.
And the yellows are trying to play through and into there, OK? So we’ll have one team attacking one way, one team attacking the other. Is that OK? Yeah. In that central box, you’re going to be locked in again like you were to start with. But remember what we said, when you play the ball into the next area of the field, how will you go and join in, OK? What I’m going to look at is this. If it goes into this middle bit, these play three on three in here. And what we’re looking for is how you can retain the ball and try and play in there, all right? Now remember that C-shape piece of the pitch, OK?
Once the ball goes into there, it’s live. So if you’re a player playing in here, you could maybe drop a little bit deeper and support alongside that box. Or you could try and threaten to get in behind them. Yeah? Got the picture? So you can use all of that C-shape to go in there. Once it gets played in, then we’re looking at that player trying to support. If you’ve got the try and support, what’s the picture look like behind? So if a blue player goes to join in, what’s the picture like in midfield now? 3 v 2. So we might have to recognise how we secure behind the ball when we’ve gone into the last area of the field, OK?
So think about someone’s got to join in. How do we make sure we’re nice and safe here? Just in case it comes back. OK? Once it gets transferred back in, they’re going to try and do the same. So you just recover back in. They’re going to play through and try to score the other way. Got it? Once you’ve had a go at that, we’ll then look at taking that middle box out. And we’ll just play a normal game then. All right. So this is the next bit in the practise rules. So yellow’s scoring in that end. Playing at the George and Billy. Blues playing through, playing into that end. yeah? Toby, play. Off you go, play to your blue team.
Or sorry, yellow team.
Good, well done.
[WHISTLE] Well done. Over there. So look, Toby, well done. If you can look a little bit further forward, you might be able to find one of these midfield players instead of releasing it to Billy who then tries to find them. So as soon as you see, or you get possession of the ball, look to your midfield players. Yeah? Guys are getting themselves free. And we’re going to try and play into the next bit. As it’s coming in that end, yeah, think about George, Billy. How you can try and lose those markers. Yeah. So those spaces in between, in behind, and in front, that you said about earlier. See if you can try and do that.
So start there Tobes, get Toby on the ball. Good. Billy, get out away from him. Go on, Billy.
So the practise has got some constraints on it. There’s a central area, that little central channel. And they’re playing three on three in there. Then it goes into the next bit. And now when they commit into the next forward area, one of them joins in to try and support. Things we spoke about here was how safe and secure do we make it behind the ball when they’re trying to play into that forward area and join in.
Well done, George. Good.
Good. OK. So well done. George, just think about– we spoke about it in that first practise, about that movement to try and get in behind. Yeah? So it’s that timing of the run. We’re just going to say it now that if it goes into that final bit of the field, the offside bit happens. Yeah, so you’re off. You can be offside in that final third. Yeah, and the final third, is once it gets into that little part of the C-shape at the end of the pitch. Yeah? Now midfield players if Josh is going to try and play into you, would you stand in a line? So show me what you might do then.
Where might you go to try and get rid of those three? Good luck Dan, well done. Brilliant, try and get behind them. Good boy. So that shape now to try and get the ball off Josh might help us to play there. Yeah ? If they’re trying to spill there, where might you be going?
TONY MCCALLUM: Could go where, to do what?
TONY MCCALLUM: Good lad, well done. Good.
Now if you’re looking at the practise from the side, you’re probably going well what are that lot doing at that end, while the ball is this end? And if we lock players into areas, what problems do we get to maybe challenge this thing around creativity. Because there are conditions of it. And we’re going to lift the conditions in a minute and just give them some options about trying to play into these different areas. Well done. So just something to try and help us. When Josh has the ball there, yeah, and you’re the blue team who are trying to get out, you can use all of that space. If you’re a blue central player, pop in and try and help.
Yeah, so you can get four against three to get out. As it comes into here, Lewis, you might think about dropping into there now and coming into that box to try and help us out. So we could end up with four against three in here, four against three in there, or even four against three at that end. Yeah? So there’s that little bit of a chance now to try and play in different areas. Remember the pitch at the moment, OK, has this section cut out. So that’s new area. It’s that bit. And that bit, OK? There you go, play. Well done, Jack. Good.
Well done, Harv. Think about it, good. Well done.
Harry. Harry. Harry. Great little pass in there. Well done. Harry, come here.
You know that ball over the top, what was your thinking?
HARRY: [INAUDIBLE] beyond his mark.
TONY MCCALLUM: So you were trying to get it in behind, even those it was a really tight area?
HARRY: Because he had peeled off a little.
TONY MCCALLUM: Cause he’s peeled into the back. That’s brilliant.
SPEAKER 9: In these videos, it’s interesting to consider how the coaches set up and design the practises and how they manage the constraints put on the players. As you watched, what were the characteristics of each practise? What did you notice about the players? Were they standing still at all? Were they all engaged? How did Dan coach the players? Did he stop the practise much? How did Tony help the players be creative? What similarities did you notice in Tony and Dan’s videos? And what were the differences?
Carrying on from Part 1, in this video FA National coach Tony MacCallum uses a different approach in developing creativity.
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