A Rondo Overloading Players in the Zone 14 - Training Center Exclusive

A Rondo Overloading Players in the Zone 14 - Training Center Exclusive

A rondo can be applied on certain parts of the field of play that apply to the game. This exercise is based on the positioning of the players around Zone 14 (the zone in front of the opponents back 3 or 4 and their midfield).

Here we start the exercise off as a typical rondo and develop the idea to take it into the game situation. This example can be the shape within a 4-2-3-1 system of play. I have used this same set up many times in training to bring the ideas out in actual games with my U14 team. Certain moves become almost automatic as each player mentally knows what the other will do; before they do it. Especially good when teams defend deep against you and you have to open them up with imaginative movements OFF the ball. I love this session.

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Developing “Movement Off The Ball” Through The Directional Passing And Support Three Zone Game - Training Center Exclusive

Developing “Movement Off The Ball” Through The Directional Passing And Support Three Zone Game - Training Center Exclusive

Awareness of the positions of players in both grids thus ensuring the players have their heads up to see the pass when it is on to do it.

Movement off the ball to make themselves available in both grids to receive a pass.

Quality of short passing in one grid and long passing into the other grid.

Depending on the theme, the development of awareness of when and where to pass, to run with the ball, to make a movement off the ball (third man run for example), to receive and turn with the ball, and so on.

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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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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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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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One Touch Mentality Training Ideas - Training Center Exclusive

One Touch Mentality Training Ideas - Training Center Exclusive

Sessions in this post:

  • Space Rondos Using One Touch

  • Three Man Look, Pass, Move Without Pressure

  • Testing Players Awareness

  • Angle of Support Positioning

  • Checking To The Ball To Receive Away From Pressure

  • Sliding Rondos Using One And Two Touches

  • Awareness Rubber Neck Training with 5 Players

  • Awareness Session Passing and Movement Off the Ball

  • Competitive Awareness Numbers Game

  • Quick Play Session

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A Transition Game Maintaining Shape and Balance Throughout the Team in a 9 v 9 - Training Center Exclusive

A Transition Game Maintaining Shape and Balance Throughout the Team in a 9 v 9 - Training Center Exclusive

Building 9 v 9 team play up through various conditions of play

  • Players stay in their own thirds to establish team shape

  • Transition between thirds

  • 9 v 9 rotation of players

  • Possible passing options

  • Overlap play from wide defenders

  • Introducing offside

  • Overload in attack to maintain possession

  • Transitions between thirds for defending team also

  • Working with four zones

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