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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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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Awareness Changeover Session

Awareness Changeover Session

In this session, we are working on quality first touch of the outside players and the decision making of inside players in terms of when and where to pass and technique (quality) of pass. It’s a good session because everyone is working but they get short intermittent rests, so it’s maintaining quality.

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7 Triangle Diamond + Dribbling Training

7 Triangle Diamond + Dribbling Training

Here's another great exercise for your Training Triangles that can be done with your players during the first 15-20 minutes of practice to work on multiple technical aspects of their game including passing, movement off the ball, and dribbling technique.   

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Playing in 5 Corridors using the 1-3-3-1-1

Playing in 5 Corridors using the 1-3-3-1-1

The beauty of the corridor and zones idea is it can be used for ANY system of play you want to develop so one or two systems shown here can show you how to use it effectively. Using Corridors is a great way to work out individual and collective field positioning as a team both offensively and defensively and it also gives players real a “focal point” to work off. 

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Passing and Support Possession Game

Passing and Support Possession Game

 This drill is designed to encourage players to spread out when they attack and switch play; changing direction if one route is blocked. Looking for quick transition and movement off the ball to create space but attacking the space when it is on to do so. The first thought of the player on the ball should still be “Can I run or pass the ball forward”.

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Conditioned Possession Game - Press & Score

Conditioned Possession Game - Press & Score

If you want to compete at your best at soccer, you need to commit to preseason training, so that your team’s strength and cardiovascular fitness peaks at the right time. This is a moderate intensity aerobic training session. This session is designed to replicate the demands of soccer. 

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Individual Defending Exercises

Individual Defending Exercises

When defense is discussed, it is often in the context of the team. Yes, the defensive system employed by a coach, whether it is man-to-man or zonal, is important. But what are as important and often overlooked are the technical and tactical defensive abilities of the individual players. Following is a practical session that addresses the individual skills of tackling, closing down and containing from the front and back -- as well as exercises that incorporate these skills into a team's defense.

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When and why should your players use partner and a ball training with the Training Triangle?

When and why should your players use partner and a ball training with the Training Triangle?

Partner and a ball training is perfect for the beginning of practice sessions or before a match, to get players feet moving quickly and sharpen their touch before competition.  Partner and a ball training can also be used for players for self improvement of different techniques such as cruyff, pullback v, volleys, headers, and many more.

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Finishing Circuit

Finishing Circuit

The first player in Line A runs thru the first ladder, and then stops to play a double pass with the Feeder. After passing back to the Feeder, he continues thru the second ladder to play a double pass with the first player in line B. After striking the return pass, he immediately turns into the field to receive a thru pass from the Feeder. He then finishes first time on goal.

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