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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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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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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Space Rondos Training a One Touch Mentality - Training Center Exclusive

Space Rondos Training a One Touch Mentality - Training Center Exclusive

A great drill for awareness on and off the ball. Passing and moving. Must be one touch and as fast as possible. This one is easy to do on and off the ball.

Objectives:

  1. First touch development

  2. Body positioning

  3. Anticipating situations in advance of the ball

  4. Finding space

  5. Movement OFF the ball

  6. Communication

  7. Mental and physical transitions

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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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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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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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