Momentum in Soccer

Momentum in Soccer

 

The 6 Cs

 

Commitment

Cohesion

Communication

Concentration

Control

Confidence

 

Each of the 6 Cs play a role in every situation: throughout the whole season, in each working week building up to a match, during the match and after the final whistle.  Each of these elements must be applied:

-To every training session

-When interacting with teammates, managers or partners

-Before a game readying for battle

-In the dressing room prior to the warm-up

-During the warm up

-In the final 5-10 minutes before kickoff

-During the first half

-During the half time break when listening, talking, recovering and preparing

-During the second half

-After the match when reviewing details, talking to others, letting the outcome sink in and the emotions sink out.

 

Commitment

 

A player with excellent commitment:

 

-         Is punctual at all times

-         Strictly follows sleep, diet and hydration routines

-         Conducts disciplined and structured mental and physical warm ups for home and away matches

-         Is eager to engage in the match with first touch as early as possible, when both home and away

-         Tracks back at all time when required

-         Gets back into position to fulfill his role

-         Makes an effort to tackle solidly

-         Supports play and makes runs on a consistent basis looks to contribute to sustained pressure

-         Makes runs even when rarely passed to

-         Makes an effort to win second balls and be in the right position

-         Makes an effort to win the ball back having lost it

-         Closes players down and denies the opposition space, time and passing options

-         Makes teammates bad passes look good by chasing them down

-         Renews efforts and intensity after a goal has been scored (for or against)

-         Stays involved in play and / or looks to create opportunities when momentum is against the team. 

-         Shows himself for teammates, especially when they are finding it difficult to escape the attentions of opponents

-         Plays through pain and / or physical fatigue

-         This player performs all these actions consistently and unconditionally both in training and match environments

 

A player with poor commitments:

 

-         Only mentally prepares for home games and provides excuses when its an away match

-         Has no clear pattern to pre-match preparation

-         Coasts through warm-ups and therefore risks injury

-         Sulks because he is a substitute, therefore not preparing himself optimally for the moment when hell be needed to make a difference with 10 minutes to go.

-         Tracks back poorly throughout the game

-         Fails to get up the field: takes too long

-         Fails to get back into position

-         Fails to respond well to teammates instructions or positive criticism (i.e. does not take personal responsibility)

-         Fails to renew efforts after a goal scored for: thinks his job is done as a midfielder or striker (Ive done my bit)

-         Gives up intensity of runs, tackles, or winning of second balls when the team are two or three goals down (or up)

-         Feigns injury or looks to pass blame: tries to divert sympathy towards himself

-         Fails to perform the actions listed opposite both in training and match environments

 

Communication

 

A player with excellent communication skills:

 

-         Gives information and instructions to teammates with respect to space, time and decision-making options

-         Praises and positively reinforces teammates in response to their efforts or skill

-         Supports and encourages teammates after a mistake or when they are facing a tough personal battle

-         Gives positive, constructive criticism to players after a move has broken down or by stating what they need to do more or (if they are not pulling their weight)

-         Listens to teammates instructions with respect and makes considered decisions

-         Encourages and raises the intensity of the team in hot phases (i.e. when momentum is for or against)

-         This player performs all these actions consistently and unconditionally both in training and match environments

A player with poor communication skills:

 

-         Stays quiet and gives no information to teammates about positioning or time pressure (i.e. man on, turn, time, switch)

-         Fails to inform teammates of threats or fails to guide players to positive decisions that they can see (if the teammate on ball has no time to see it)

-         Fails to give praise and reinforcement to a teammate who has done something well, particularly after being critical of him earlier

-         Blames / criticizes teammates in front of others for poor executions when effort and intention were actually excellent from that player

-         Shows negative body language and / or verbal criticism to a teammate after a move didnt come off, without considering the other options or decisions that the player had to face

-         Blatantly ignores a teammates valid instructions

-         Fails to perform the actions listed opposite both in training and match environments.

 

 

Concentration

 

A player with excellent concentration skills:

 

-         Adopts the right position in open play / good position play

-         Accurately passes at a high level

-         Is very aware of the movements of teammates and use of space

-         Makes high percentage of correct decisions when releasing the ball

-         Tracks runners consistently and stays close to his man at all times (e.g. corners / set pieces)

-         Stays focused on his role at set pieces and corners, often organizing others as well

-         Responds quickly to the instructions of his teammates

-         Wins a high percentage of personal battles against similar standard opponents

-         Refocuses immediately on his role and position after a break in play

-         This player performs all these actions consistently and unconditionally both in training and match environments

 

A player with poor concentration skills:

 

-         Is easily distracted

-         Drifts out of position

-         Fails to pick up men at set pieces due to lack of rehearsal / planning or communication

-         Fails to refocus quickly after a mistake or break in play

-         Dwells on mistakes and begins to play negatively

-         Focuses on actions that may make him feel better or gain sympathy (e.g. arguing with referee, staying down when injured or feigning injury)

-         Makes poor decision

-         Is always one step behind the pace / tempo of play

-         Fails to respond to teammates instructions

-         Fails to perform the actions listed opposite both in training and match environments

 

Control

 

A player with excellent control:

 

-         Gets up immediately after a tackle / foul and re-enters the game

-         Gets up slowly after a foul if it gives his team time to control the game and break the opponents rhythm

-         Maintains positive body language after a mistake and looks to get immediately involved

-         Appeals briefly to the referee in a adult manner in the hope of a favorable decision next time

-         Builds and maintains a positive rapport with the referee (either verbally or non verbally)

-         Shows respect to the referee and praises him particularly after a good decision is made (e.g. good advantage ref, thanks)

-         Responds swiftly and positively after either winning or losing a personal battle with his opponent.

-         Exerts influence on teammates to stay in control and achieve the above

-         Controls arousal levels and mentally prepares for maximum effectiveness at corners and set pieces.

-         Help the team to speed things up or slow things down according to the score line, time or run of play

-         Raises the energy levels of the team when he detects teammates are going flat

-         Motivates teammates for key periods / phases of the game

-         This player performs all these actions consistently and unconditionally both in training and match environments

 

A player with poor control:

 

-         Disagrees with the referee

-         Over-argues the point and loses seconds of play while being out of position

-         Physically retaliates

-         Shows excessive anger to an opponent / referee or own teammate

-         Tackles wildly with or without intent to injure

-         Over-celebrates after a goal or is complacent and lacks renewal of efforts after a goal

-         Blames other players for mistakes for which they were partly responsible  (either verbally or by gestures and body language towards them)

-         Fails to perform the actions listed opposite both in training and match environments

 

Confidence

 

A player with excellent confidence:

 

-         Drives forward on or off the ball

-         Involves herself in receiving the ball under pressure

-         Demands the ball from teammates

-         Is the player who wants the ball when the team is losing or under pressure

-         Maintains positive body language at all times to any events that occur in the game

-         Demonstrates inventive or creative play as opposed to defensive decisions

-         Maintains a spring in her step for the full length of the game

-         This player performs all these actions consistently and unconditionally both in training and match environments

 

A player with poor confidence:

 

-         Drops her head after making a mistake

-         Has poor body language

-         Makes negative remarks to others or themselves

-         Hides from game / is out of position and unavailable or inaccessible

-         Does not call for the ball

-         Does not want the ball

-         Wants to offload the ball and responsibility quickly

-         Gives up and does not work hard

-         Looks to blame other to divert the attention away from herself

-         Fails to perform the actions listed above for confident players in both training and games

 

You can chose to have worries or doubts and choose to think harshly about yourself or your teammates

 

OR

 

You can decide to view the game experience as an immensely enjoyable and positive test of character and resilience.

 

 

 

 

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