“Today, I want to let them play. I want them to have as much fun as possible.”
This is what I had in my mind before planning the second training session of the last week for my U9 team.
On the other side, every single training session must include useful objectives. Young players must grow up every day; so I can’t let them play just for the sake of it.
I tried to create a one set-up training session to let them playing hiding technical skills coaching key factors and player tactical stuff with and without the ball together with cognitive requirements.
It was a sort of experiment, as I was sure they were able to carry out a part of the session, but asking myself if they could had been able to fix issues like move off the ball and play with peripheral vision while dribbling, passing and receiving.
Who is the player everybody of us recognizes as the best “move off the ball and peripheral vision midfielder“? Xavi Hernandez had come to mind.
I must say that the result was excellent; they had much fun, despite finding difficulties in some part, from a pace point of view; but I saw them giving all their best to carry out all the variations at the highest level possible.