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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Teaching a One Touch Mentality to Improve Player's Decision Making - Training Center Exclusive

Teaching a One Touch Mentality to Improve Player's Decision Making - Training Center Exclusive

To play the game successfully it is vital we keep possession of the ball.

The following presentation is ONE WAY to show how to teach players successful decision making, because the game is about the brain and mind and the thinking processes as much as the body, perhaps more so as the game gets faster and faster.

We have Technical, Tactical, Psychological and Physical and all will be a part of this presentation in terms of decision making, but it will all come down to the “SKILL FACTOR” in my opinion.

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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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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 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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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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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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