How To Improve Your Support Play!
In a recent Coaches Education Meeting a really interesting discussion point was raised, the advent of Professional Clubs creating the role of a support coach. This role is primarily responsible for the coaching of players off the ball.
When looking at support, it’s clear that passing is a key measure of how we work off the ball. The ball carrier has to find support, other players around the ball carrier provide options for them.
The changes in the game has shown the increased importance of this simple aspect of the game: Run - Pass
Average number of passes per game in World Cups:
- In 1995 - 201 passes on average per game with the ball in play for 35%of the time
- In 2015 - 282 passes on average per game with the ball in play for 47% of the time or 37 mins
Therefore support play must be playing a large role in the modern game, especially at International level but how much are you focussing on it?
Here’s what a support coach could be looking to develop:
- Support Shapes
- Running Ability of Players
- Catch & Pass Skills
- Passing Skills
- Off-load Skills
- Tactical Understanding & Context
What we don’t do is develop our ball presentation, rucking or mauling skills – we are primarily looking at how our players work without the ball. Whether you are the only coach, head coach or assistant coach why not start incorporating some of the following exercises into your sessions:
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