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Staying Light on your Feet

I, as I’m sure many coaches do, constantly am reminding my players about not being flat-footed, about staying light on their foot and keeping them moving. Saw this from the warm-ups of the Italy – San Marino game and thought it was a great illustration of what we mean when we tell players to stay light on their feet and to keep their feet moving. So many players misunderstand why we advocate for that but this video does a nice job illustrating how much more lively play is, even in the simplest of warm-ups, when they’re not flat-footed.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 
 

To Backpedal Or Not – David Villa’s 50 yd Goal Against Philly

By all means, admire the goal. But it’s posted here for the keeper’s footwork. When Villa first takes the shot, the keeper does the correct thing: he turns his hips (the dropstep), and runs while keeping his eye on the ball. Perhaps inexplicably, however, within a few yards of the goal, he (re)squares his hips and backpedals. When he makes a play for the ball, then, he jumps with his calves (because of the backpedal) rather than with his quads (which he would have / could have from the dropstep; and, of course, the quads are much bigger than the calves and are the muscles that generate jumping power).

I suspect, after watching it a few times, that he resquares his hips because he anticipates catching it, i.e. he squares to the ball so he can catch it facing forward, exactly what he should have done. Whether because of misjudgment, however, or a sudden gust of wind, the ball carries farther than he anticipates and he is no longer positioned to catch it. He makes a somewhat feeble attempt at parrying it (better, to be honest, than expected, given that he jumps from his calves), but is now out of position, and the ball finds its way under the bar.

If he had continued running the way he first did, I suspect he would have been able to parry it successfully: worst case scenario is a corner kick. But by resquaring his hips, whether well-intended or not, he makes it difficult (and in this case impossible) for him to catch the ball and prevent the goal.

Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Boston Breakers Testing / Diagnostics

Saw this on the Boston Breakers Snapchat and thought it was a kind of cool glimpse behind the curtain, so to speak. Things that we all do on some level, but certainly most of us without that kind of athleticism or equipment (for the record, here’s the company that sells those automatic timers: Fusion Sport; and here’s the specific equipment (they were using the Pro version)).

I wasn’t sure how to capture it, though, but ran across the answer to that very question on iphoneinformer.com, and wrote up the instructions with some screenshots on my Tech-in-Ed blog here.

And here’s the video / captured snapchat:

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Beating A Defender with First Touch (And Keeper Being Big to Block a 1 on 1)

(Realized too late that I hadn’t recorded the sound for the video; apologies about that.)

This clip is from the US v New Zealand friendly last night (10-11-16).

Yedlin does a great job beating the defender with his first touch; sometimes it can be so simple. Great save by the keeper, of course, as well. Great illustration of making himself big.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Leaning the Wrong Way (as a Goalie)

(Realized too late that I hadn’t recorded the sound for the video; apologies about that.)

This clip is from the US v New Zealand friendly last night (10-11-16). A good goal but in the middle of some of the worst soccer I’ve seen out of the USMNT. To say they look disorganized is insulting to actually disorganized teams.

In any case, the commentators focused on how the keeper should have done better, and I agree, but they failed to mention that his weight was on his left foot, which prevented him from shifting right to save the shot. Whether his weight is on the left because he was not anticipating a shot but rather a cross or just sheer bad luck, i.e. he just happened to land on that foot as the shot was taken, I can’t quite tell, but his hanging head after the goal suggests that he knew he could have saved it if his weight weren’t mis-distributed.

PS. Twellman’s noticing and assessment of Acosta’s run is spot on, and worth mentioning because that long a┬árun with a very low percentage of actually getting the ball shows how important running off the ball is.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Simple Volley / Touch Warm-up

from a The Coaching Family retweet of Josh Evans / JESoccerSchool.

This example is of course volleys but it can be used for anything, including goalie punching (from farther away).

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

The Importance of (Situational) Decision Making

Saw this goal in the Belgium – Ireland game and it illustrates nicely how important knowing your situation and how that should impact your decision making is.

The poor decision by the Irish defender to go sliding after the ball at midfield creates basically a 3 v 1 and a near certain goal.

If the Irish defender had simply angled his run in front of the Belgian player, he could have held up the counterattack enough to allow his teammates to recover and help.

Here are the factors that influence the play:

  • Down 2-0 in the 70th minute, Ireland is obviously pressing. Fewer bodies are behind the ball to begin with and so defense must play conservatively to maintain what coverage they have.
  • It is a 50-50 ball at best. At worst, the Irish defender doesn’t have a chance.
  • The slide tackle makes sure that he cannot return to the play. In fact, the Irish player who lost the ball (yards from the opposite endline) sprints the entire field to cover once the defender takes himself out of the play.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.