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Tika taka footy for kids

Shrimp and two veg

Youth Team
Feb 24, 2011
Hi, i run a team of eight-year olds in a 7-a-side league. After watching years of Spanish style football take over the world nationally and Barcelona at club level, i have decided i want to teach my kids this style. For the past 4 months we have worked on simple passing and control, our first season playing other clubs in exhibition football has passed and we now enter our league proper. I am aware of the style of "tika taka", to play a possession game and the movement of so many players is such that they are not given just one position.

We play 'keeper, sweeper and centre-back in front. The centre-back moves left and right while the sweeper tries not to get drawn out from the middle. Then we have 4 players in front of those, we label them midfielders/ attackers as they can move and swap around from midfield to striking positions as freely as the game allows. When we haven't got the ball then they drop back. They have carte blanche when we have possession and although we are not showing it in our games yet, the idea will be to keep the ball and not let the other team have it. The reason we have 4 roamers is so that they are never too far away from a simple pass. They have been told to look at holes in the opposition and move the ball through them.

Results in the few games we have played, tournys and friendlies, have differed. But i will not be swayed under pressure from not winning every game andi look to the long term, trying to create a team of "superkids". Last season they played a simple 2-2-2 system.

What i am interested in, is how would you teach kids of that age to play the Spanish way? What very good training modules would be good to learn? Last year they were taught to be competitive and they are a very tough team with a few big lads. But i can see the change in their touch and passing in just a few months. It's how i progress them as the new season starts now. Any help taken on board.

Sean (shrimp&2veg from yesteryears)