“My team is really strong and often is many goals ahead early. What can I do to contain blowouts within reason?”
From a coaching perspective, the challenge is not to penalize the winning or scoring team (the purpose of the game after all) or humiliate or discourage the opposing team that is being easily beaten.
A few pointers for consideration:
- Coaches should be proactive as early as possible if they see an obvious disparity.
- The winning team should not be penalized, i.e., stopping scoring or sitting better players.
- The losing team should not be patronized, i.e., blatant efforts like playing three players down.
Rather, we should look at some proactive and challenging coaching conditions for coaches before the score is
out of hand:
- Rotate players’ positions on the winning team (GK plays striker, strikers play GK/defender, etc.)
- Introduce a specific number of passes to score (a reasonable challenge that is less noticeable). Plus,
you’ve got to start over at one every time the opposing team touches the ball.
- Set a midfield boundary – tell your offensive players they can’t cross midfield to help the defense (lets
the opposing team have a numbers advantage). Tell your defense the same thing: not to cross
midfield to help the offense score.
- Ball needs to be played “wide” before being put into offensive area.
- Selected players can only shoot using their weaker foot.
- Players must perform a specific turn or move, i.e., step-over before shooting.
Despite the challenge, a proactive awareness and effort by the winning coach can help lessen the impact. It should also be noted that prioritizing “development over winning” from day one could help the player’s