AFL / Aussie Rules Football Training: SMALL SIDE GAMES AND HOW ALL COACHES SHOULD DO 6/6

Once you’re done implementing small-sided games for most of your training time, it’s time to think about how to build them around specific aspects of your game model.

Like Kegel to Kegel skill drills, it doesn’t train skill, it trains technique, we tend to train team tactics, strategies and formations without any opposition, forgetting the great Mike Tyson quote – “everyone has a plan until you get knocked down in the face.”

Center square formations, tap zones, kick-out zone formations and the like trained without opposition ignores one of the most underused coaching rules of training what you want to happen v train what actually happens, and what happens is that opposition often won’t to allow you to line up in the perfect formation you had on Thursday night, and so you are now entering a scenario you’ve never been in before, and your lack of solutions and coherence isn’t going to bring much if any success.

Going back to what we are here for though is a game called forward press game and it doesn’t have layers like the others but rather rules that you can introduce in a layer system to send the information to your players.

Here’s a video of what it looks like and the rules below…

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