3 Zone Awareness Game: Dropping Off to Receive and Turn in Possession

3 Zone Awareness Game: Dropping Off to Receive and Turn in Possession

A three zone movement off the ball clinic focusing on zone 14 emphasizing movement back towards the ball to receive and play forward and the consequent interchange of players between the three units.

I really like this game you can bring in so many different ideas to the session and it all involves mental challenges to the players with regard to playing, moving and thinking quickly (and ahead of the ball).

This would be one of my regular training sessions.

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Developing Play from the Back with Right Center Back (5) - Training Center Exclusive

Developing Play from the Back with Right Center Back (5) - Training Center Exclusive

Showing how we can attack from the back through the right center back (5). The same can happen with our left center back. This is not an expected play so it can catch opponents out if we develop this idea.

We start with our attacking team shape of Phase 2 of the 5 phases. I am showing potential options of attack we can use and develop knowing we are covered behind so whichever center back gets forward they are confident they are covered. Here opponents play 4-4-2 then 4-3-3.

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One Touch Weight and Accuracy Passing Drill

One Touch Weight and Accuracy Passing Drill

The emphasis in this drill is on executing one-touch passes with the correct accuracy and weight. If players can't pass and receive the ball in soccer, they will not be successful. The coach of youth players should emphasize technical training while also having a basic understanding of correct technical execution.

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Developing Defensive Shape at the Back - Training Center Exclusive

Developing Defensive Shape at the Back - Training Center Exclusive

Back four team shapes defending and attacking team shapes

In the practices illustrated both back fours operate on defensive and attacking aspects of their game in the same practice. The coach may choose to work with one of the back fours specifically or may work with both back fours in the same practice.

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Composure Zones to Aid Team Play and Individual Development in a 9 v 9 - Training Center Exclusive

Composure Zones to Aid Team Play and Individual Development in a 9 v 9 - Training Center Exclusive

An easy introduction to teaching players to develop play from the back without the pressure they would get in a game situation. Builds confidence and composure in the players and you can increase the pressure as they improve.

Overload at the back. Striker can’t encroach into the 10-yard composure zone. Defenders pass ball across under no pressure until one is free to run it out, attackers can now try to win it back. Defenders can take the ball back into the composure zone for safety and this encourages spreading out and playing from the back. Be patient, keep possession; go forward at the correct moment.

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How to Develop a Rondo Over Time and Increase the Challenges

How to Develop a Rondo Over Time and Increase the Challenges

This presentations shows the basic Rondo. It is none pressured, unlimited touches, and presented in a simple way to allow the players to easily begin the process of education. It is the attention to detail that is paramount in the learning process. The Ball must  be passed around the square not across it. Players adjust their position based on the ball. They use the cones as positional points of reference.

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The Importance of Teaching a “Half Touch” Mentality

The Importance of Teaching a “Half Touch” Mentality

Half a touch mentality teaches players to recognize the best options; and therefore make the best DECISIONS; BEFORE and in ADVANCE of receiving the ball. This means we want players to ALWAYS; AT EVERY MOMENT THINK: “I only have One touch”; therefore this will force players to always do “THE LOOK” before they receive the ball to see several options and pick out their best option, which may be actually to DRIBBLE!! 

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Teaching a One Touch Mentality to Improve Player's Decision Making - Training Center Exclusive

Teaching a One Touch Mentality to Improve Player's Decision Making - Training Center Exclusive

To play the game successfully it is vital we keep possession of the ball.

The following presentation is ONE WAY to show how to teach players successful decision making, because the game is about the brain and mind and the thinking processes as much as the body, perhaps more so as the game gets faster and faster.

We have Technical, Tactical, Psychological and Physical and all will be a part of this presentation in terms of decision making, but it will all come down to the “SKILL FACTOR” in my opinion.

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Quick Break Transition 2 v 2 Game

Quick Break Transition 2 v 2 Game

A 2 v 2 game going to 4 goals. The team who scores stays on and must quickly defend the 2 new players coming in. We are working on Quick break and counter attack, Quick one and two touch passing and Positioning to open up passing lanes and getting between defenders to pass the ball in early.

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Three Team Awareness Game with Measured Outcomes

Three Team Awareness Game with Measured Outcomes

With these drills our players are developing awareness of where the player they receive from is and where the player they pass to is. Because of this players begin to anticipate the pass to them and where it is coming from. Also they must look to where it is going to (where is the player they are passing to?). We are trying to create a situation where players are looking two moves ahead not just one. 

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The Three Zone Directional Game - Training Center Exclusive

The Three Zone Directional Game - Training Center Exclusive

This game is based on possessing the ball and the movement off it.

We have several progressions we can use to challenge the players these include:

  1. A simple Warm up to get the idea going

  2. Playing through the thirds with targets

  3. Playing through the thirds without targets

  4. Players must stay in their own thirds so we have 3 combination games going at once

  5. We can add free players therefore creating overload situations

  6. More!

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Traveling With the Movement of the Ball in Defending - Training Center Exclusive

Traveling With the Movement of the Ball in Defending - Training Center Exclusive

This starts as a very simple exercise. Players with the ball pass it across in front of the defenders. Defenders adjust their positions to mirror this movement. This is working on marking zones and marking players and distinguishing between the two depending on where the ball is. Once they have grasped this very simple concept you can move the players to the next progression. The coach now has players to pass the ball to (opponents).

Finally, we’ll work on positioning at the back when losing the ball. Both wing backs attacking. We lose the ball, the most vulnerable place for us is now the wide area as shown. We mark “goal-side” and leave the wide area open.

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