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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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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U8 Soccer Drills

U8 Soccer Drills

While U8 soccer drills should be fun, and engage young players through interesting activities, this is the time to move toward the technical aspects of the game as well, so that they start learning essential technical skills. These drills will help increase their positional and dribbling skills and help create an awareness of their surroundings.

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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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