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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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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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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Soccer Awareness 5 v 2 Rondos Using 1 and 2 Touches

Soccer Awareness 5 v 2 Rondos Using 1 and 2 Touches

This exercise is what the Barcelona thinking model of passing and movement is built on. Adding a Neutral player to play thru. Players start at 7 years old and use it right thru the ages; and even at senior level it is a staple practice for the players.

Please read to understand the “attention to detail” required to do this correctly. Its not just a passing around the square game, it is so much more than this. We build it up to make it work with real pace and accuracy; as again; it speeds up the mind and body in decision making. 

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Soccer Awareness Age Group Specific Awareness Developmental Training

Soccer Awareness Age Group Specific Awareness Developmental Training

With this 94 page eBook, we are taking the Soccer Awareness thinking process to the next level by identifying what is relevant at each age group. That said, you the coach, will decide perhaps a 9 year old team can cope with the 11 year old sessions and perhaps a 12 year old lower level team will need to use younger age group session plans.

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A 3 v 3 Festival of Fun: Creating a Game Like Playing Environment

A 3 v 3 Festival of Fun: Creating a Game Like Playing Environment

Encouraging competitiveness in players in a small sided game environment and developing the best features of youth soccer as it used to be played in the parks, streets and back alleyways around the world, into the more formalized structure of the modern club soccer training program. It is about the technical and skills development of the younger player. Here's what you need to know and how to get started.

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Complete 6 to 10 Year Old Developmental Coaching and Training Program

Complete 6 to 10 Year Old Developmental Coaching and Training Program

This program is perfect for youth coaches wanting practices to start their soccer coaching education and it is also for those more advanced and experienced coaches wanting to train their players as best they can at these wonderful open minded ages for development and education of both the mind and body. Our plan is to help all coaches at whatever level of experience they are at.

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Passing Game for Spatial Awareness Development

Passing Game for Spatial Awareness Development

Players have the ball at their feet for approximately 5 minutes out of 90. What do they do the rest of the 85 minutes? They must learn to move off the ball and to move into open passing lanes to be open at all times to help the player on the ball or the next player on the ball. Here is a great session to teach this.

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Defensive Positioning to Fix in Defensive Team Shape

Defensive Positioning to Fix in Defensive Team Shape

Teams should have 2 basic shapes, an attacking one and a defensive one; wide and long on offense, short and tight on defense. The differences between each should be significant in terms of spacing between players. A problem that occurs is defensive team shape is not short and tight enough and it allows opponents too much time on the ball.

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Developing Players with Rondos Using the Soccer Awareness Philosophy

Developing Players with Rondos Using the Soccer Awareness Philosophy

This 222 page eBook explores the use of rondos in youth soccer. Rondos are a great way to prepare players for the game situations and especially the fast decision making needed within the game. Though the foundation of the basic rondo stays the same; we explore different ways to present it. It can be made easier or more difficult based on the number of touches players are allowed, for example, so it benefits ALL players who practice with them; also the size of area they play within can be manipulated to change the challenge. 

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Small-Sided 4 v 4 Attacking Game

Small-Sided 4 v 4 Attacking Game

One way to teach the basic tactical game of the 4 v 4 is to offer many different ideas on actual game situation that focus on certain themes. This is what the following presentations do. You cannot do better than put players into game situations to learn the game, we just take it one stage further by what we present here. We continue by teaching Attacking principles in a 4 v 4 game situation so several thoughts on different set ups to teach it individually and collectively as team players. The set ups of the game situation will dictate what theme we get out of it.

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