Strategy & Tactics

Blocking
Discusses some of the finer details of blocking to free up players and create mismatches. Strategies from basketball.

Coaching in the Game
Match analysis ‘during the game’ is a significant component of bench coaching

Forward Line - Open or crowded?
Traditionally, open forward lines create high scoring and crowded forward lines reduce scoring opportunities

Game-Based Skill
What is it and how to coach it?
We all know of or admire that player with the uncanny ability to be able to find the best option or who is cool under pressure

Game Day Planning
A crucial aspect of coaching to ensure that everything goes according to plan for your team

Midfield Dominance - How to Achieve It
The midfield area is crucial to winning a game of football; because a winning midfield ensures your forwards have more scoring opportunities

Momentum in a Game
Momentum can make or break a side's chances of winning

Momentum - Stopping the rot
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams runs through the tactics he uses to try to stop the opposition scoring

Ruck Rover (Defensive/Run with Role)
The role in the team structure is largely a negating role on the opposition’s best midfielder

Ruck Strategy
Boundary throw-ins: Backline:
Boundary throw-ins in the backline are often contests between your ruckman and an opposing forward

Boundary Throw-In in Defensive Half:
This is a boundary throw-in set up that is simple to follow and allows a team to surround the stoppage.

Ruck strategy: Boundary throw-ins
Forwardline: Utilising a ruck advantage in the forwardline can create scoring opportunities

Ruck Strategy: The Centre Bounce
The centre bounce is the one contest in football which is evenly matched in terms of numbers around the ball, and normally, the types of players involved

Teaching ‘Run and Carry'
Players discover what to do in a tactical situation by their own experiences, not necessarily relying on the coach telling them what should happen

Tagging
Five (legitimate) ways to beat a tag: Brisbane Lions playmaker Luke Power reveals how to win footy's hardest battle – without using the umpires