Soccer Skill: Defending
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)
- Ask them if they understood the purpose of implementing the "silence" rule
- Reiterate the noticeable difference of play with the "silence" rule vs. normal run of play
- Stress the importance of communication and constant talk on the field
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