It’s raining goals
You can’t dictate the elements but you can adapt to them, says former Stevenage manager Gary Smith
SHOOT… A LOT!When the surface is a bit more greasy, it’s always prudent to have plenty of efforts on goal. The ball can skip off the surface and cause the opposition goalkeeper big problems. Encourage your players to follow in shots in case the goalkeeper parries the ball back into the wrong area.
GET THE BALL IN THE BOXSwirling winds are likely to accompany the rain and the modern football is going to move around a lot in these conditions. Goalkeepers and defenders are going to struggle to defend in this environment so have your players put plenty of crosses into the box.
PICK UP THE SECOND BALLThe key is getting the ball into dangerous areas and making sure those areas are not only covered by attacking players, but by ‘second phase’ bodies – players who are ready to react to a loose ball. A lot of goals come from knockdowns or ricochets, so try to react the quickest.
GO LONG, PLAY SHORTWhen conditions are difficult you want to eradicate unnecessary mistakes, especially in the opening exchanges. Clear your lines early and quickly to put the other team under pressure. Once you get into the opposition half, keep your passing short and precise.
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