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All you need is speed and a good first touch…

dave clarkeOne of the sensations in the English leagues at the moment is another product of the Southampton youth system – Alex Chamberlain. Fast, furious and a fabulous touch this boy looks the real thing.

I’ve always been a bit envious of the teams I play that can just launch a long ball to their winger who with a bit of speed and a good first touch can score goals at will. But in youth matches the fast players can look really good without actually be a good player. First touch and speed make a huge difference at this level.

As a coach you can allow yourself to get caught out once by this sort of tactic but you shouldn’t let it happen once you’ve identified the tactic. Getting players to sit deep to counter the tactic is one way of stopping the player running through unchallenged to the goal.

A player running at speed is highly dangerous to both your team and your health! It can frighten the life out of your goalkeeper so the rest of the team have to make sure there is no room to run through the team and towards the goal.

On my blog I have posted a compilation of some of Chamberlain’s goals, check them out and think about how you would play against a player like this


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