February 25th, 2014 by Admin
This article originally appeared at Soccer Classroom
One of the most difficult obstacles as a coach is keeping track of playing time, especially when your roster is too large. There is also the issue of not having enough players on your roster so when someone can’t show up, you’re stuck. This past Friday the varsity head coach asked me if I could fill in because he had another obligation. Of course I was excited to manage the team riding solo.
However, the roster was so large I did not get enough time to instruct. Instead, I was trying to figure out who was going in for whom, and who had to sit double shifts. I may have only seen about half of the game, the rest of the time my eyes were on the bench trying to figure out where to put players. That is what makes indoor so difficult because you are forced to make quick substitutions, especially with a 14 man roster in a 6v6 game.
The older you get the less substitutions you should have on your roster. Ideally, in a 6v6 roster you should have 11 players on a team, which is the perfect number for alternating shifts. If someone can’t make a week you should try to take turns for the players who get to play a double shift.
Playing 11v11 on a full-size pitch is a different story. Having too many substitutions will call for some players only getting very limited time. Again, the older you get in age the less number of substitutions are required. For the younger ages equal playing time is all that really matters. As you get older and more competitive your roster size can afford to decline. You might only be making a handful of substitutions in a single match.
Another option that teams have when having too many players on your roster is having a schedule where some players will have a “bye” week where they will not dress to play. This will allow for players to get more time on the field and more experience. When rosters are so large and you are making many substitutions it’s not only hard for you as a coach to keep track of but it is also difficult for your players to get in a rhythm.
As a coach you want to eliminate potential parent conflict of “my child only played x amount of minutes.” You can do this by building the correct roster size. By having the correct roster size you can focus more on instructing and less time figuring out how many minutes your players played. Take care of the simple things and it will make your job so much easier. Less complaints = fewer headaches = more production.Having, Right, Roster, size