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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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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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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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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Soccer is a Sideways on Sport

Soccer is a Sideways on Sport

Baseball, cricket, boxing and golf are all sideways on sports. Baseball players, cricketers and boxers are sideways on because they are one sided, right or left handed. This is not the only reason they are sideways on, however. Players have much less capacity to shift weight if they are flat footed and standing square. Shifting weight from back foot to front foot is one of the secrets to impact power. This is true of soccer players also but the reason we call this section “Sideways On” is because soccer is a 360 degree sport with high levels of activity going on all around the players and they need as wide a scope of vision as possible. Being sideways on gives soccer players the ability to see a comprehensive field of view and gives them many more choices than if they were facing the wrong way receiving a straight pass.

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Maintaining Fitness Levels for the Entire Season

Maintaining Fitness Levels for the Entire Season

This is the time of year where for most, preseason training is continuing or ending, and regular seasons are about to start. If you have prepared well, you should be in very good shape. Most players won’t be in their ‘top’ shape at the start of the season, but will be very close. Depending on your situation, you may need some extra work to be in top shape.

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A 6 v 4 Possession, Passing and Dribbling Game

A 6 v 4 Possession, Passing and Dribbling Game

It is a 6 v 4 overload game. 6 attack and 4 defend the square. No one is allowed inside the square except an attacking player on the team of 6 dribbling the ball and in possession. Attacking team keep possession and score by a player dribbling the ball into the square. Try to get a player free to dribble.

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Team Games for Training Your Goalkeeper

Team Games for Training Your Goalkeeper

The key is to integrate your goalkeeper with the team. This can be done right from the warm-up phase of training. Watch a preview and get the full outline of this team games for training goalkeepers session from Tony DiCicco & Deb Raber that was presented at the 2016 Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic.

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Transition in the Modern Game

Transition in the Modern Game

Gerard Houllier, former coach of Lyon, Liverpool and Aston Villa says that “The most important moment in the modern game is when the ball is won or lost.” Houllier is referring to the moment of interception of a pass, a goalkeeper’s save, a tackle in free play, or the ball going out of bounds. The reason this moment has become so critical is that defenses are so well organized that many teams can only be scored upon when they are attacked before they get into their defensive shape.

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Over Use and Under Development

Over Use and Under Development

Skills have to be at the top of the pyramid when it comes to the growth of an athlete, but in a lot of ways its been reversed.  Young athletes are specializing in one sport, developing the skills to compete at a high level, but still incomplete as a player.  They haven't developed the overall strength and agility that comes from a wide foundation of pure athleticism. For those of you who just love the game, whatever that game may be, here are 3 of my favorite corrective moves.

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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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Five Goal Game

Five Goal Game

There are fourteen players set up on a large field, playing 7 v 7 with three goalkeepers. During play, the teams try to score in the three triangle goals and the two small goals placed around the field. Goalkeepers are stationed inside of the triangle goals. Goals can be scored in any direction and players can score consecutive goals at the same goal.

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1v1 Finishing Game

1v1 Finishing Game

This drill will teach strikers poise in front of goal to finish chances and encourage each player to work hard for the minute. This is a demanding physical game but is fun and has a lot of real match carry overs.

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