Competitive Directional Three Team Awareness Game Introducing Goals As Targets

Competitive Directional Three Team Awareness Game Introducing Goals As Targets

Here is an interesting way to work on awareness training and passing, movement off the ball, fitness and looking for the penetrating pass. Add triangular goals to score through, this means the game continues after a goal is scored as the ball must be received and possession maintained by another player on the other side of the triangle to count as a goal. This ensures continuous play.

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Changing shape to counter the opponents who are playing a 4-3-3

Changing shape to counter the opponents who are playing a 4-3-3

This is an excerpt from "Important alternative information on how to play the 4-2-3-1." We don’t like to change our team shape and way of playing. Rather; we like to force opponents to change their shape to accommodate us. Sometimes against top opponents who may dominate us it is necessary to do so. Here are some ideas we can use against a 4-3-3 which many teams play now. We wont come up against this too often.

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Sideways on Soccer Using Corridors

Sideways on Soccer Using Corridors

4 v 4 game. Players have to pass diagonally forward because of the condition set. This develops the checking and passing habits of players. Players stay in their same corridors or zones. Theme is to have them check off at an angle and sideways on so they can see the opponent, their team mates and the goal behind them. 

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The Importance of Developing Players Through Teaching Rondos

The Importance of Developing Players Through Teaching Rondos

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, 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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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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Awareness “Look, Think and Decide” Challenges with Players in 2s and 3s

Awareness “Look, Think and Decide” Challenges with Players in 2s and 3s

These simple ideas are designed to get (forces) players to look away from the ball but at the same time be able to control and pass the ball accurately when it comes. It can be 1 touch or 2 touches. This prevents them from just being focused on the ball as it is arriving and therefore not being aware of their immediate options.

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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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