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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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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Developing Team Play and Individual “Themes” Through a 6 v 6 Small-Sided Game

Developing Team Play and Individual “Themes” Through a 6 v 6 Small-Sided Game

The basic shape is a double triangle, a positional theme where players are encouraged to interchange then return to a basic shape when the time is right. You could use a 2 – 2 – 1 formation also to allow a 2 v 1 overload at the defensive end.

The coach needs to focus on the principles established with the Awareness program and get the players to apply them in the Small-Sided Games concept. 

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The Importance of Developing Players Through Teaching Rondos

The Importance of Developing Players Through Teaching Rondos

I have stayed with simplistic ideas that all levels of players can try and be successful at, it is up to each coach to work out how to make it work for their players.

Though the foundation of the basic rondo stays the same, it can be made more difficult or easier by the number of touches players are allowed for example so it benefits ALL players who practice with them.

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Four Against Eight with Four Recovering Midfielders

Four Against Eight with Four Recovering Midfielders

Make the defensive challenge more difficult by putting the midfield in recovering positions to help the back four. The back four can be patient when the ball is in midfield and keep their shape delaying the opponents until the midfield recover back to help.

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1 v 1 Receiving and Turning Drill

1 v 1 Receiving and Turning Drill

Receiving and turning is a technique that every player in every field position must have in their locker.  The sooner they are taught this ability the better; that is why we focus here on such young ages. 

Which way do they turn? Too many players turn into opponents rather than away from opponents so coaches should emphasize this in their training. Also, do they turn with the inside or the outside of their foot or with both? They must practice both ways and with both feet to be effective as they gain more understanding of the technique that becomes a skill when decision making is added.

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