The last 18 months has re-introduced me back to the coaching role with the over 50’s walking footballer and the young lads of the Disablement Association of Hillingdon after a break of 8 years. The concept of ball work, ball work and even more ball work is still alive and thriving across all ages and playing experience.
Walking footballers playing 6v6 on a tight 20m x 30m playing area with various conditions based on the 2 touch game has developed players of various abilities both on and off the ball. The sessions in tight areas also has a real purpose regarding curbing running.The more space players have the more likely they are to run especially off the ball.
When the game opens up onto a Competition 40m x 30m pitch the developed player/ team are now playing 2 touch even though the rules are open play.
The key to a successful team is;
Move the ball quickly
Players pass and move into space to receive the ball back again
Keep the ball, don’t be afraid to play backwards to go forward
All players off the ball should think 2 passes ahead and create space for that pass
Wherever possible receive the ball with an open body and get the ball out of your feet
Players be confident, relaxed and positive both on and off
Clear, concise and positive communication given throughout the team
Win the ball back as quickly as possible and start all over again
Finally enjoy the game individually and as a Team
Walking Football, like all styles of our Beautiful Game, when played well and with purpose is a great game to play and watch so whether your 50 or 70 years of age the ‘Right Touch is most definitely 2 Touch’
Mick G - aka W12Boy. UEFA B Licence Coach. Life long QPR supporter and Grandad