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80 | 81 Conclusion


Through all my experience of coaching and visiting clubs in England and Europe there appeared, in the main, to be a preference for heavily overloaded possession-based practices in favour of the team in possession such as 8v3 and 10v4.


Being introduced to the concept of under-loading challenged me to look at the relevance and realism of these types of practice as well as my own coaching approach in the past.


The purpose of this article is certainly not to claim the concept of under-loading but to present it as a method to challenge coaches thinking and ultimately to help effectively support the development of the players of the future.


The players I currently work with are aged 15 and 16. By the time some of them reach senior professional level in approximately 2020, the game will look considerably different than it does currently.


What I believe is certain now is that these young players need to deal regularly with a variety of realistic and challenging situations in practice to help them get ready for what lies ahead.


Can we really get frustrated at our players in matches if we do not regularly place them in these realistic situations in practice, trusting and helping them to figure out solutions to the problems the game poses?


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