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Avoiding Blowouts

Blowout games are contrary to the philosophies of AYSO (Player Development and Good Sportsmanship), and coaches should work to avoid blowouts (any game with a 5-goal differential is considered a blowout). Blowouts are a failure of the coach to plan ahead and manage the game. Do not let a blowout destroy the players experience.

The game is most fun when it is challenging. With the right management strategies, an otherwise lopsided, boring game can be managed to be close, and without asking players to hold back. Coaches should recognize possible blowout situations early and make the necessary adjustments to keep the game fun for EVERYONE.

Below are suggestions that a coach might implement to help avoid a blowout:

  • Rotate player positions, assign goal-scorers to positions on defense (substitute out goal scores).
  • Pick a player that have never scored, team must work to allow this player to score.
  • Team must complete five consecutive passes prior to trying to score.
  • Everyone must touch the ball before trying to score.
  • Having the team play back to their own goal keeper at least once prior to going forward.
  • Shots must be taken from outside the penalty area.
  • All shots must come from the weaker foot.
It is recommended that coaches make blowout strategy adjustments – EARLY. Coaches should not wait for a four or five goal differential before adjusting to a preventative blowout strategy.

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