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Collective speed

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genta_roberto_thumb_medium150_212Recently I watched some games (men's championship) of the past and in particular meetings of the years 70 and 80 and I noticed how that football was very slow and cumbersome and therefore very similar to the current women's football. This consideration, should not be seen as negative, indeed as a solution to our problems, and indeed if the male football has managed to speed up, even our movement will have to find strategies to increase the speed of play. The term game speed does not mean the race of the individual, but a series of related issues that can speed up the game as a whole and in all its components.

Personally I think that the speed that most will have to be trained must be linked to the ability to read a game situation. If a formation possesses in its technical and tactical baggage a good ability to read the situation and will be able in a short time to implement a move or a countermove, that team will automatically be faster. Let's take a very simple example to understand the concept just expressed.
Imagine a player who will have to make a pass after receiving a ball.

If the girl (who receives the ball) has in her personal baggage the ability to read the situation, she will be able to make the transition quickly, having already evaluated before the reception, any possibilities. In the opposite case, we would see a reception followed by a longer and shorter evaluation time before seeing the passage performed.

Of course, everything will be even faster if the companions will have understood the situation and will be positioned in order to facilitate the transmission of the ball by the owner.

To train the collective speed we should therefore be able to improve the peripheral vision of the single player, improve the ability to read situational and decrease the decision time both in the possession phase and in the possession of the ball.

The study of ballless movements turns out to be an excellent element to create automatisms for the group, which in certain situations will be able to position itself correctly with respect to the position of the ball, triggering a preventive movement capable of reducing static playing time.

There are exercises that stimulate the capacity called "collective speed" and I believe that even in the basic exercises can be inserted variants able to implement the mechanisms described above.

For example, already during the warm-up phase, a ball can be played between players, inserting the obligation to pronounce the name of the person to whom the ball will be passed. The game will become interesting when the exchange will have to take place as a first intention (reducing the evaluation time). Even more exciting will be the variant that provides for the passage (after having called by name the partner) only players of different tunic from their own.

As described, it would seem that most of the work was the responsibility of the owner, and instead the absolute importance must fall on those who do not have the ball and will have to help the owner, positioning themselves in order to facilitate reception.

As you can see we are talking about a dynamic kick, where all the components move in order to attack or defend themselves. This organized and structured dynamism must be trained with specific sessions that will give a great boost to the game developed by our teams.

Of course, in many formations in the national championships this happens regularly, and in fact the question is more proposed to all those teams that implement different methodologies and could find a point of reflection from them.

Mr. Roberto Genta

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