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U8s staying on side and use of space

I am currently coaching an U8s tag team, is ther any drills to teach them to stay onside after a tag and to stay spread out as they seem to bunch very quickly

This is one of the hardest things to coach to a young side, as all so eager to get to the ball. However, way to overcome it;

1. Keep stopping the games, telling the player to freeze and not to move, explain the mistake they keep making. Do this lots of times to reinforce the mistake. - Use punishment like press ups if it persists.

2. A condition to a match is to keep 2 attackers in the wide channels, mark out 5m in from the touchlines and nominate 2 players that are not allowed to leave that area on either side of the pitch. - This should encourage the players to look up and see there is a player wide, encouraging them to try cover that space. 

3. If the problem still persists nominate 2 players from the defending team that are not allowed to leave the wide channels, and nominate a further 2 attacker to stay in the wide channels. This creates a 2v1 in the wider channels and encourages the 1 defender to call for support and be aware of the space left by the rest of the team bunching. 

Re staying onside:
Referee the game like a RL ref, facing the attacking team, and retreat behind the tackle calling out BACK TO ME. If anyone stays offside, when the ball comes out again tell them they're offside and they can't touch the ball carrier (LEAVE HIM usually works). Play advantage and manage the players' behaviour with good communication. And don't sweat it too much, they're only U8s. They'll get there.
‚ÄčAlso have to take issue with Alex - punishment for getting it wrong? For U8s? Press-ups as a punishment? Can't agree with any of that.

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