Developing Attacking Play in the Opponents Defending Third

Developing Attacking Play in the Opponents Defending Third

The attacking team has the ball. This is the start position of the game situation.

The idea is to have this phase, being the attacking one, and working on various ideas of movement, rotation and interchange to try to score.

You can focus on this until success is achieved from an attacking point of view.

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Teaching Movement “Off the Ball” Through the Transition Directional Target Game - Training Center Exclusive

Teaching Movement “Off the Ball” Through the Transition Directional Target Game - Training Center Exclusive

With this session we are working on the following:

  1. Creating Space by running off the ball to receive or to help a teammate receive.

  2. Quality of Passing; long and short to targets and to teammates.

  3. Support play: working angles and distances incorporating switching play using the side players.

  4. Receiving and Turning in tight situations and dribbling in 1 v 1 situations.

  5. Quick decision making is required in this session because the numbers are small, the area tight and the transitions rapid.

As a coach you can work in this session how to defend properly as individuals and a team or how to attack properly as individuals and a team.

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Free eBook: Teaching Strikers Receiving the Ball to Feet with Their Backs to Goal

Free eBook: Teaching Strikers Receiving the Ball to Feet with Their Backs to Goal

All start positions should be with the idea of getting the ball into the strikers’ feet to receive it with their back to goal; and then developing the play from there. Emphasize the striker getting across the defender if the defender tries to get in front of them to intercept the pass to them, and using their body to block them off. This can be a big problem for a striker if they are not aware of where the defender marking them is. Secondary movements and developments will result from there. Using the three R’s to teach this; Review, rehearse and restart.

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Teaching a One Touch Mentality Thru the Three Team Awareness Possession Game - Training Center Exclusive

Teaching a One Touch Mentality Thru the Three Team Awareness Possession Game - Training Center Exclusive

This game and its many progressions are designed to get the most out of the thinking processes of the players. Many mental challenges to overcome and learn from.

We are working on awareness of where the player you receive from is and where the player you 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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Interaction of Wide Players in 3-1-3-3 - Training Center Exclusive

Interaction of Wide Players in 3-1-3-3 - Training Center Exclusive

The Movement Off the Ball Interactions of 2 and 7, and 3 and 11

We want 7 and 11 to cut inside to do two things:

  1. To get in a good position to receive the ball themselves

  2. To create space of overlapping Wing Full Backs 2 or 3.

Timing this movement correctly is vital, players must not come inside too soon and be easily marked. Resulting position is a player facing BACK to the ball. Timing of this movement has to be LATE and FAST. The correct resulting positioning will be shown in this post.

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4 v 4 Shooting Game With Keepers

4 v 4 Shooting Game With Keepers

In this game, players must be particularly aware of where teammates are, where the opposition are, the keepers position because the space to work in is small and the time they have on the ball is short. Hence development of the mental side of the game in terms of the Awareness program, i.e. seeing situations quickly and acting upon them is very important to the player to help him or her have success by scoring goals. 

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Spatial Awareness Passing Game - Training Center Exclusive

Spatial Awareness Passing Game - Training Center Exclusive

With cones / mannequins for development in training for movement off the ball

The objective is this session is to improve movement off the ball by providing mannequins to act as opponents to fill important space.

Here you see so much one touch play that needs to be practiced with lots of one touch training (but in overloads to gain success initially). We focused on two touches and beyond but the ultimate way to practice this is one touch; but we are not ready to do that yet. It makes wonderful viewing and is a fantastic visual support tool for raising awareness.

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Defensive Rotational Recovery Positions - Training Center Exclusive

Defensive Rotational Recovery Positions - Training Center Exclusive

Due to our attacking rotations players are often out of position defensively when we lose the ball. Here we show how players position to help each other and eventually work themselves back to their own natural positions on the team.

If they can learn this approach and understand how to cover for each other immediately this then really gives the team a wonderful means of attacking freedom and expression.


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The 3 Team Transition Game for Attacking Players In and Around the Box - Training Center Exclusive

The 3 Team Transition Game for Attacking Players In and Around the Box - Training Center Exclusive

Three teams the outside team works with the inside attacking team. Great to teach both defending and attacking play. Teaches the mentality of transitional change. Developing Quick Play in and around the box. As soon as the team lose possession they must try to defend on the offside line and beyond, thus immediately pushing opponents away from the goal. Using the set up through the “numbers” to suit how we set our teams up.

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Quick Transition Directional Play Promoting Passing and Movement Off the Ball

Quick Transition Directional Play Promoting Passing and Movement Off the Ball

This session improves quick decision making, tight control because the spaces are small to play in, and thinking in advance due to the switch in direction of the play. You can also work on the defending players.

 

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Developing Circle Work Incorporating Passing And Combination Plays

Developing Circle Work Incorporating Passing And Combination Plays

Use this training session to work on good communication between the players, quality of the pass (timing, accuracy and weight) and good first touch by the receiver. To increase the players awareness instincts ask them to call the name of the player out who they will be passing to, before they receive the ball. This ensures they look to see who is free before they receive the ball so they know in advance who is free to receive.

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Distribution from the Keeper and Playing Out from the Back Using the 3-1-3-3 - Training Center Exclusive

Distribution from the Keeper and Playing Out from the Back Using the 3-1-3-3 - Training Center Exclusive

Here are 9 ways to distribute from the keeper and play out from the back. We owe it to the players to teach them this as Young as is possible.

I work on this initially practicing all ways to get out. Have opponents only intercepting passes to begin. Then let it go free. When opponents win it back we work on the defending team condensing and defending correctly.

If three or four ways to develop play are done very frequently then it becomes a subconscious decision to move into position so no decision making required as such.

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