How Important is MD-1 in the Microcycle?

What is MD-1 in the microcycle training program, and why is it important? What is the ideal training session duration before match day, and why? What training exercises can be used on MD-1 to improve preparedness, and what precautions should coaches take when using SSG drills? This short article will give you a better understanding of the last session before the next match.

The microcycle is a weekly training plan that is divided into main sessions. Each of these sessions has its own specific objectives, and where the focus shifts from recovery to physical preparation to tactical preparation to taper. MD-1 is the day when the coach makes the final adjustments to the game plan and ensures that the players are mentally and physically prepared for the match.

Shorter durations, around 45 minutes, appear to provide the best stimulus prior to match day. This is because the players need to be at their optimal level for the match, and longer training sessions can cause fatigue and reduce performance. Therefore, keeping drill lengths short, around 10-15 minutes per drill, helps achieve this target.

Another important aspect of MD-1 training is warm-ups that include reactive-type drills. These drills help warm up the players and improve their reaction time and decision-making skills. Making it fun for the players and mixing it up each week can help keep the players engaged and motivated.

Rondos, a training exercise that involves a circle of players passing the ball to each other, are useful for preparedness and can add a fun element to training. They help players develop their technical skills, such as ball control and passing accuracy. Additionally, tactical walk-throughs and set pieces could be added on MD-1 to ensure that the players are prepared for every situation that may arise in the game.

Next, Small-Sided Games (SSG) could create energy in the final third, including the one rule where better play leads to more play. Four teams compete to stay on the pitch with each game as a final. Teams are divided into groups, with certain players playing close to each other but on different lines (e.g., center backs and defensive midfielders, full backs and wingers, attacking midfielders and forwards). The goal is to win a series of consecutive games.

However, coaches need to be careful when using SSG, because if they are too long, they can carry fatigue over into the match. This can negatively impact the players’ performance, making them more susceptible to injuries and mistakes.

In conclusion, MD-1 is a crucial day in the microcycle training plan. Coaches must pay close attention to the duration of the training session, keeping drill lengths short and including reactive-type drills in the warm-up. Rondos and tactical walk-throughs could be considered for preparedness, but coaches need to be careful when using SSG drills to avoid carrying fatigue into the match. With proper planning and execution of MD-1, coaches can ensure that their players are mentally and physically prepared to perform at their best on match day.


Post author: Bram van de Vinne