Small Sided 4 v 4 Defending Games

Small Sided 4 v 4 Defending Games

One way to teach the basic tactical game of the 4 v 4 is to offer many different ideas on actual game situation that focus on certain themes. This is what the following presentations does. You cannot do better than put players into game situations to learn the game, we just take it one stage further by what we present here. We begin by teaching defending principles in a 4 v 4 game situation so several thoughts on different set ups to teach it individually and collectively as team players.

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Developing Play with a Defending Back Four

Developing Play with a Defending Back Four

The session is designed to show how to work on team shape building up from a back four only. Side cones are 25 to 30 yards apart as are the defenders and the coach. The coach moves with the ball and the defenders mirror the movement maintaining the distances between them.

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The Conscious and Sub-Conscious Mind and Myelin Production in the Development of Soccer Players

The Conscious and Sub-Conscious Mind and Myelin Production in the Development of Soccer Players

The more you practice, the more you know how to do something better. However, if you believe, for even one second, that a habit cannot be undone, you are right! There is no way of undoing what you have learnt – so you might ask then, how do we get rid of a habit?

The answer is putting in more practice to learn something else than you did into learning the habit you are trying to undo. It's just that simple!

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Individual Striker Movements Off the Shoulder Part 4 - Exercise to Practice the Opposite Move

Individual Striker Movements Off the Shoulder Part 4 - Exercise to Practice the Opposite Move

Striker (E) comes short and shows for the ball asking for a pass from (D). Defender (F) follows. Midfielder (D) passes to (C), (D) then passes over the top into (E)’s path as he / she spins. Defender must play passively. To continue the work once player (E) receives the ball they must beat (F) back to the touchline. Players (C) and (D) go to the middle and the next two take their place. As the pass is going from (D) to (C) the striker shouts the code word and spins to receive the pass as player (C) is about to pass it. The shout must be early to (C) to make the pass at the exact same time (E) is spinning to receive it.

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Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 1: Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play

Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 1: Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play

Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play. Defenders drop off slower than attackers to allow them to get close and to delay their forward momentum.  The defenders attack the ball the moment the furthest attacker is along the defensive line of the last defender. They move together to the ball, in this case treble- teaming the man on the ball.

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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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How Our Teams Play at 11 v 11 in the Tiffiny League

How Our Teams Play at 11 v 11 in the Tiffiny League

Here is a chance for all our players to watch and understand how we will be playing in the Tiffiny league.

This system of play is based on my 14th published and latest Book: "Coaching The FLEX: 1-3-3-1-3" its a very free and open way to play where players are allowed and encouraged to change positions on the field as long as they cover for each other.

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3 v 3 Possession Game

3 v 3 Possession Game

The game is played in a 3v3 format. Players try to maintain possession of the ball by constant passing and moving. 1 point is awarded for 5 successful passes. Play for a designated number of goals or for a predetermined time.

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Example Soccer Awareness Training Session

Example Soccer Awareness Training Session

All training is match specific. Our work is based upon developing a balance between ball handling and functional running and sprinting in combination with jumping, stopping and turning.

Quick feet, changing stride length exercises will be particularly important.

Repetition of the exercises is important throughout the season on a weekly basis to develop good and correct habits regarding co-ordination, comfort in running, awareness of the efficient use of arms and legs in running and the synchronization of limbs. 

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