Just wanted to share some thoughts on today's games.
Overall, very pleased with how we quickly adapted to the games and the spirit in which we played: enthusiastically, fairly, positively and at a good level of technical play. This will be a great space for us to learn, regardless of the opposition. Although we outplayed our opponents, we struggled in areas but hopefully by the end of the season we will play a lot more technical fluency.
I very much enjoyed watching the kids play!
Eli: MVP for DUSC vs. Red Bulls. Always looking to create and also worked exceptionally hard off the ball. Played with a lot of heart. Always great to see.
Jesse: MVP for DUSC vs. Barecelona. Although the scoreline didn't reflect that he was under a lot of pressure, he pulled off excellent saves when called upon and was a team leader, always communicating. When he moved out of goal he make good decisions and moved well off the ball -- PLUS, his teammates gave him the vote !
Three points for us to look to improve on for next week:
1. Be much quicker to mark up defensively -- too often ball watching and allowing players to run past us. KEY: Ensure we can see both player and the ball. Also help each other communicate and stay concentrated. Not only be responsible for yourself but others on the team.
Make the space bigger -- in transition too slow to create space and move to support player on the ball. Futsal and its rules demands quicker thinking & reaction.
Offer clear passing lanes which reduce possibility of interception
Offer support from behind as an outlet and to balance play -- tendency to be too "square" in support. ANGLES!
3. Decision making -- many times overcomplicate play. see the play early and before receiving the ball to allow for a better decision/first touch to set up the play. Develop better mental pictures of the game to anticipate play and make better decisions:
-First touch into space away from the defender (know where defenders are)
-Movement away from defender (know where the defenders are)
-Movement in relation to teammates. Need to think about distance and angle of support (Know where teammates are)