Soccer Skills:

Awkward Silence

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Soccer Skill: Defending

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Awkward Silence is a drill designed to demonstrate the importance of communication on the field.  By combining the "Silence" game with the game of Soccer you as a coach can finally have peace and quiet...momentarily.

  • Number of Players: Minimum of 12
  • Equipment: two goals, cones, ball
  • Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Set up the field so that there is enough space for the players to play but you want to keep it more compact than usual
  • If you are playing 5x5 put one goal on the end line and one goal at the top of the arch of the 18.
  • Set up cones to represent the boundaries
  • Have a keeper in each goal

The rules of the game remain the same as a regular soccer match

  • "The Catch" - players are not allowed to communicate whatsoever both verbally and non-verbally.  You should only be hearing the sound of the ball being kicked, some tired lungs, or maybe an occasional shot off the woodwork!
  • If a player is caught trying to communicate they must come off the field and their team plays a player down
  • Continue to take players off when they are caught communicating until there are only a few people left (you can make the judgement on when the point of the drill was taken)
  • You should notice lots of errors in the run of play.  Missed passes going out-of-bounds or to the wrong team, unmarked opponents, and lots of frustrations
  • Run the drill once or twice depending on how well the main objective of the drill was taken by your players
  • For the last round eliminate the "silence" rule and notice the difference

Tell The Team: (Remember - stay focused)

  1. Ask them if they understood the purpose of implementing the "silence" rule
  2. Reiterate the noticeable difference of play with the "silence" rule vs. normal run of play
  3. Stress the importance of communication and constant talk on the field

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