Post by Rajiv on Jun 14, 2011 10:32:58 GMT 8
.... keeping the team's shape and passing well is still the most effective way to play.
There are two types of players that detract from a passing game:
* Players who hold the ball too long. These may be skilful players, and may be good to have on your team, but if they hold the ball for too long, sometimes, there team mates stop running off the ball, because they don't know whether the player will pass the ball or not. If players stop moving into space, the passing game breaks down.
* Players who are lacking in the technical ability to control the ball quickly and lay it off and/or positional sense. Both skills are necessary for a passing game.
Our games remain open to anyone who can control a ball (even if it takes 2 or 3 touches) and can kick a ball fairly straight. I try to balance this out in the line ups, but it's harder when there are newer players whom I haven't met before.
The tendency is to stick a weaker player in goal, in defence or up front, depending on what their basic skill is. Hopefully, by playing with better players, weaker players improve.
A weaker player is only weaker relative to the others playing in that game. There are games in which I am a weaker player, their are other games in wihch I am one of the better players.
Talented players who tend to hold the ball may be able to beat one or two opponents with a run and finish it off with a goal, or lay it off to a team mate to score. However, if the opposing side is well organized, they should be able to neutralize such runs.
Even worse is when a player loses possession due to holding the ball too long, and doesn't chase back. There's no point saying that you're tired from running so much. If you're out of steam from running with the ball too much, you need to pace yourself better, including passing the ball earlier, rather than holding it or running with it.
Hopefully, by playing against better opponents in our games, even talented players see the benefits in passing the ball earlier.