“This is one of my last training sessions with the U16 team before I had to change and take charge of the older players of the U17 team last December 2019.”
I was alone, with 19 players (1 goalkeeper), and this was the last weekly training session before the usual Sunday morning match.
I am always used to divide the players into two groups to be sure my assistant has his role in every training session. To carry out an entire session all alone is not easy for me; maybe it’s a limit of mine, but I like to work with 10/ 12 players and then switch the groups with him. This way, all boys can carry out different practices throughout the session, and I think they can have more fun.
The first risk, when a coach must manage a session like this, is to create queues working on technical skills or to let them play without a specific objective.
I fixed these issues, getting into the pitch much more earlier than usual to set it up, creating different stations for general fitness at the beginning, technical warm-up, and final speed exercises.
The main part of the session was an 11 v 8 dynamic game with different objectives to keep the players’ awareness as much high as possible.
We may consider this session old styled, but I consider it one of the best run with my U16 team before I had to take in charge of the older boys; I remember how they worked, how they played and how they were involved in the goals of the dynamic game. Sometimes, old style doesn’t mean useless.