The 6 Second Transition Game

The 6 Second Transition Game

Teams are at their most vulnerable in terms of losing the ball, in the first few seconds after gaining possession. It is this transition period that we are looking at, both in terms of winning the ball back quickly and then keeping it. The key is the first six seconds after losing the ball. In this game when a team loses possession they have 6 seconds to win the ball back (the coach counts this out).

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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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How To Set-up A Small-Sided Game

How To Set-up A Small-Sided Game

Small-sided games are less than 11 v 11 and can be any number from 3 v 3 to 9 v 9. The general sizes of a game to establish team coaching themes are usually 6 v 6 or 8 v 8. Here are two examples of set ups for these sizes of games and information on U.S. Soccer's small-sided games standards.

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Developing the Striker and Shadow Striker Using 6 Players

Developing the Striker and Shadow Striker Using 6 Players

This exercise is great for the thinking processes and fast decision making on and off the ball and rotations between players. Can call this the striker (9) and Shadow Striker (10) also working off each other. But it can apply to players in other parts of the field supporting each other.

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Guardiola Rondo Using a 4 v 4 + 3

Guardiola Rondo Using a 4 v 4 + 3

Here we are showing how this rondo totally relates to the game situation so your training is REALISTIC in its concept development. 

The following 4 v 4 + 3 Rondo allows players to understand the principles of width, depth and length to create passing angles and distances. Looking always to create diamond and triangle shapes in supporting each other to create numerical superiority.  Here we show a rondo based on building from the keeper and / or building from the center backs. Its actually a very simple way to teach a complex idea.

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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. We are teaching players to have a “HALF A TOUCH MENTALITY”. 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” (Xavi calls it THINK, means the same, we can call it “LOOK and THINK”) 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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