We require volunteer game day coaches for our Under 8’s to Under 11’s and our Bronze U12 to U18 teams.  If you would like to register your interest please e-mail dean@magicunited.com.au

Magic GDC Hand Book

Role of Game Day Coach

  • Warm ups
  • Make Subs
  • Put players in positions
  • Half time team talks
  • First Point of contact for parents
  • Liaise with Magic coaches with any problems / game reports

Formations

7v7

Team Set UP 7v7

We play with one goalkeeper (which can be rotated either each game or each half),two defenders, a right midfielder, left midfielder, central midfielder, and one striker. All positions can be rotated again either each half or each game. Again we encourage the players to stay in positions as much as possible and make the pitch big by spreading out especially when we have the ball.

  • When Gk has ball two defenders split wide to try to receive pass. If they don’t receive the ball tuck back into the middle to protect the goal.
  • Defenders push forward to half way line when ball goes forward.
  • Wide midfield players stay as close to their touch line as possible and be positive with the ball attacking the opposition.
  • Central midfield player working both defensively to help stop the opposition and also getting forward to help the striker score.
  • Striker staying high up field and not dropping too much so we have an option to play forward when we have possession.
  • Again encourage lots of skills and also good decisions so if a player is under pressure can we pass and keep possession. Nearest Player to press and close the ball down when possible

9v9

Team Set Up 9V9

We play with one goalkeeper (which can be rotated either each game or each half), three defenders, a right midfielder, left midfielder, two central midfielder, and one striker. All positions can be rotated again either each half or each game. Again we encourage the players to stay in positions as much as possible and make the pitch big by spreading out especially when we have the ball.

  • When GK has ball two wide defenders split wide to try to receive pass. Central defender stay central
  • Defenders push forward to half way line when ball goes forward.
  • Wide midfield players stay as close to their touch line as possible and be positive with the ball attacking the opposition.
  • Central midfield player s – one player work s defensively to help stop the opposition and one player works forward to help the striker score.
  • Striker staying high up field and not dropping too much so we have an option to play forward when we have possession.
  • Again encourage lots of skills and also good decisions so if a player is under pressure can we pass and keep possession.
  • Nearest Player to press and close the ball down when possible

Key words to use

Its important we don’t overload players with information so here’s a few key words players will understand from their coaching that you can use during the game and half time.

  • Shape – Players should retreat in to there positions to create space for themselves and team.
  • Skill – Players in 1v1 situations use there skill numbers to beat player
  • Press the ball (monster) – Players press the ball to win the ball back
  • Overlap – encourage defenders to make forward runs when they play the ball into midfield.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

  • Be positive at all times players are there to have fun
  • Set good examples to players
  • Give feedback to coaches on results and performance
  • Let coaches know of any issues ASAP
  • Rotate players positions throughout the season (keeps notes)
  • Try to let players make decisions for themselves.
  • Encourage parents to not coach players leave coaching to game day coach.
  • During carnivals encourage players to stay out of the sun in between matches. Use a gazebo as the base for players to stay in.
  • Encourage players to drop 10 yards (7v7) 15 yards (9v9) back from Goal kicks to allow team to play out from the back. Players can move when first outfield player touches the ball. You may need to speak to opposition coach before the game to encourage this.

Don’ts

  • Shout and scream at players
  • Overload players with info
  • Try to deal with other parents issues direct them to a Magic coaches
  • Single out players with negative feedback