I cannot stress enough how important in youth football the coaches are that can take players to the next level – to encourage them to be the best they can be.
Your coaching philosophy needs to bring out the creative side of players, to enhance their football intelligence.
When using the drills on Cupello do not immediately think that the ones that are the highest difficulty are the best ones for your team because you believe they need complicated set ups. I heard Pep Guardiola the inspirational coach of Manchester City say that a good coach helps teams get the ball close to the box – from there you depend on the individual talents of the player.
So don't ignore the simple drills that create situations where the ball is played up and into the final third. This is the fundamental thing your team must do.
A lot of times we worry about how we develop players and teach them to do more and more difficult things and moves, and that for me is talent and creativity. You just have to create the right environment for them to develop the art that they have.
But for me, as a coach, the most important thing is to raise the lowest level of the player as high as possible. And how is this achieved? With concentration, with anticipation, with decision making… If you do the easy things very well, everything is much easier to achieve and much quicker.
So when choosing a drill think about the coaching point you want to make. What is the drill going to be about? Are you working on tactics or technique?
Communication - Tactics are used to communicate a clear, predictable plan. Meaning that non-verbal communication between players generates an increase in speed of execution.
Decision making - Game insight is a skill developed to allow the player to select the correct action for the situation they are in.
Executing Decision - Technique is the execution of the decision made.
When you use the drills tick your jobs done list for tactics or for technique!