I realized something tonight. I realized it while I was leaving our practice and discussing our “4v4+3 neutrals” exercise with our brand new assistant coach. She complimented the girls and said she was impressed by the amount of one touch passes they were able to complete. The conversation then turned into talking about how the ‘core’ of our team has been together for more than two years now and how beneficial it is to have girls that are not only very familiar with each other, but very familiar with the exercises that use at our practices.
Long story short… I ended up apologizing to our new assistant coach. Not because I was mean to her or anything, but because I realized she probably had absolutely no idea what our team was doing during most of the exercise. I mean… she wasn’t in complete darkness. I had given her the practice plan, discussed some things with her prior to practice, but I was leaving soooo much out… completely on accident.
The movements, the language, the reasoning behind certain actions… Jeez.What was I thinking?
I just forgot that it was her first time seeing us do this stuff. It made me think back to when I first started teaching this style of soccer to these girls. It made me think about how much the vocabulary has changed. It made me think about how the focus has changed. Honestly- it made me think about how bad we were, myself included, when we were first getting started.
Below you’re going to see two videos. One is much longer than the other. I’m not sure what you’re going to take away from watching either of them. But I guarantee you that what I (and my players) see and what you see are going to be two completely different things. Because we look at it through a very different set of lenses. What we do in our 4v4+3 drill is the result of multiple years of training a certain way. It’s the result of adopting and adapting to a very specific philosophy that belongs only to us. Our philosophy is unique and no one else can recreate it. I’m not sure that anyone would even want to. It’s our own style. I love it. It’s not perfect, but I absolutely love it.