The picture above shows the scene of Lionel Messi’s goal against Atletico Madrid over the weekend.
During the warmups before the soccer games that I refereed this spring, I never saw a scene such as this in the pregame drills. Most teams start with Rondos which incorporate defenders into a simple passing drill. In these drills, the goal is to possess the ball; there is no goal, shots on goal, or attempts to score.
After the Rondos, teams shoot on goal. Their drills tend to be similar to the drill below: Players shoot with no pressure at an open goal or occasionally against a goalie.
The drills appear nothing like the situation from the game above. In game after game, players shoot wide of or over the goal, and coaches yell at the players to shoot at the goal. However, why not practice these shots?
I only see the pregame warmups. These teams may spend their entire practices working on what I called the endgame in SABA: The Antifragile Offense. However, why are passing drills with defense separated from shooting drills? Why not increase the contextual interference in shooting drills? Why not make the shooting drills more representative of the situations in the game?
The same happens in basketball. Why do most pregame warmups in basketball involve mostly uncontested layups and jump shots? Why not practice situations more representative of the endgame?