Counter Attacking and The Four Moments of Soccer

Counter Attacking and The Four Moments of Soccer

Modern day coaches should have a working knowledge of the two transition Moments in soccer, Moments 2 and 4. They call these Moments “Fast break” in basketball or “Counter attack” in soccer.

The objective of the exercise is to get the players to look forward, immediately upon winning the ball – most important in counter attacking.

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1 v 1 Introducing Individual Zonal Positioning Concepts

1 v 1 Introducing Individual Zonal Positioning Concepts

The key defensive skill we are practicing here is for the defending player to always be able to see the ball and the attacker at the same time. The defender must gauge whether it is possible to intercept the ball and, if it is not, then must adopt a position behind the attacking player’s receiving foot.

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Brazilian Passing and Receiving Exercises - Sideways on Soccer

Brazilian Passing and Receiving Exercises - Sideways on Soccer

Having studied Brazilian soccer I have been impressed with two things; Their angled passing style of play and the sideways on aspect of their play. Their ability to disguise a pass by “front foot” passing These exercises are designed to incorporate each of these characteristics into our players.

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4 Stages of Technical Development

4 Stages of Technical Development

Accidents occur, frequently, at the airport and, often, involve a stick shift rental car driven by a person from a country where people drive on the right side – like the USA for example! It takes a while to adjust to driving in the UK. You really have to think about it!

I have learned that soccer players go through a similar process when learning a technique. Whether driving in the UK or learning the techniques of soccer there are four developmental phases which will need to be tackled. Let’s stick with soccer and forget the driving thing for the moment.

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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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Movement Behind and Across Defenders Scoring Exercise

Movement Behind and Across Defenders Scoring Exercise

Teams should dedicate two sessions, or parts of sessions, a week dedicated to goal scoring and striker movement. These sessions must be realistic scoring sessions. Lining ten players up to take shots at the goalkeeper is not realistic to the game. Players must practice realistic striker movements in and around the penalty box. Here is one such session.

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Fast Break Attack

Fast Break Attack

Both teams have target players on the end-line of the goal they are attacking. Every time a goal is scored or the ball goes out across an end-line, the goalie behind that end-line puts a new ball back in play for his teammates (pictured right). You don’t have to play into the target to score. The target players cannot enter the field of play, but should move along the line between the disc and goal to create good passing lanes for their teammates.

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