Overlapping Full Backs Creating Crossing Opportunities

Overlapping Full Backs Creating Crossing Opportunities

The following activities teach the basics and importance of the "Overlap" Overlapping runs can help unbalance a defense to create opportunities to attack in advanced areas of the pitch. The Timing of the run is essential to avoid offside and to create a goal scoring opportunity from the cross.

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Passing and Receiving Support Circle

The following drill comes from Smedley’s Soccer Site.

Procedure:

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Eight players are stationed on the outside of the circle, and two players start on the inside. One of the inside players is designated as the target man (T) and the other is designated as the support player (S). The drill begins with a pass in to the target man from one of the outside players. The target plays the ball back to the support player, and the support player passes to any of the players on the outside. From there, the ball is played right back in to the target man to begin the next combination. Play continues for 30 seconds before the two inside players switch out.

Coaching Points:

  1. Speed of play – Use one touch when you can and two touches when you should.

  2. Movement – The target man needs to run away from the player receiving on the outside.

  3. Anticipation - Read the play as opposed to reacting to the play. Start your runs early.

Progression: Limit the target and the support player to one touch.


Get more like this at Smedley’s Soccer Site.

Strategy of Counter Attacking

Strategy of Counter Attacking

One of the considerations in developing a counter attack strategy is what to do with the forwards once the ball goes past them. This is important and needs careful reflection. I saw the Danish team in Euro 1988 playing with one forward high and the other in a low “mirror” position when the Danes were defending. They, therefore, had a short pass available when the intercepting player was under pressure and a long pass to a high CF when pressure was broken. As you will see in the diagram the forwards for the red team have shifted to “mirror” the position of the ball in case it is won. This is the kind of strategic thinking coaches must consider when putting together a counter attacking strategy.

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Peripheral Vision Coaching Session

Peripheral Vision Coaching Session

The following activity can be used to improve the overall game awareness of individuals within a team concept. This session is an indicator of how quickly players recognize the “correct run off the ball” by a teammate and consequently they make the “correct pass”.

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Warm Up: Angled Support and Sideways On Positioning

Warm Up: Angled Support and Sideways On Positioning

Soccer is a sideways on sport -- players will have much more success when they are able to receive the ball at an angle. Being sideways on allows players, in advance of the ball, to be able to see peripherally advancing defenders.

This warm up is excellent for beginning to develop this sideways on aspect of receiving and passing the ball.

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Goalkeeper Warm-Up Drills

Goalkeeper Warm-Up Drills

Goalkeepers need to be in great shape and prepared to defend every inch of the net behind them during the course of a long game. That means practices have to be productive to prepare you for game day. Here are four warm-up drills with video that you can do to get prepared for your session.

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