What does 'Outplay' mean?

MOST COACHES PRACTICE 1V1'S BUT ARE WE DOING IT RIGHT AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ARE WE MEETING THE DEMANDS OF THE GAME? 

Since February 2017, this is a question I have been asking myself. In the blog “individual possession”, I tried to further understand;

  • What do 1v1’s really look like?
  • How do they differ from player to player?
  • What skills do players need to play in the future game?
  • How do we design practices to encourage these behaviours?

Many coaches refer to this as "Outplaying", in its simplest form this means to win your 1v1 and therefore "Outplay" your opponent.

It is widely accepted that there are 6 different types of 1v1’s;

  • With the defender in front or 'face to face'
  • With the defender adding pressure from behind*
  • With the defender adding pressure from the side
  • The defender recovering from an angle
  • No defender due to movement to avoid pressure
  • Aerial duels including versions of the above

The key points in these practices are;

Hide the ball from your opponent, don't show it too easily so they can toe it away!

Don't fear the pressure, too many players want to dump the ball off under pressure when in reality the game changers enjoy these moments.  

Players must scan and be aware of the angle, approach and speed of the defender. This will allow them to make the best choice, to turn or hold the ball.  

In some instances, the weight of pass and speed of defender might allow the attacker to "beat the defender without actually beating him".

Use what you have.  If you are strong, use your strength. If you have good control, turn sharply.  If you are quick, explode with pace. You get the picture.

Use your body...Hands, Hips (and Bum) to feel the pressure and roll out

When you're free...eyes up to make the next decision.  Once you've eliminated the defender, make it count.

We are trying to develop and encourage qualitative superiority, this means one player is better than another player in the specific scenario in terms of their  playing identity.  When coaching younger players do they know what they are good at? Or as some coaches call it their “Super strength”.

OUTPLAY, is an in-depth look at practices to develop these skills.  The ebook contains 40 practices to develop individuals within the team.

OUTPLAY. Dominate 1v1's. Dominate Possession. 

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*In the elite game approximately 75% of all receiving situations occur with pressure coming from behind.

DAN WRIGHT