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.Read More
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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.Read More
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:
A simple Warm up to get the idea going
Playing through the thirds with targets
Playing through the thirds without targets
Players must stay in their own thirds so we have 3 combination games going at once
We can add free players therefore creating overload situations
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With this session we are working on the following:
Creating Space by running off the ball to receive or to help a teammate receive.
Quality of Passing; long and short to targets and to teammates.
Support play: working angles and distances incorporating switching play using the side players.
Receiving and Turning in tight situations and dribbling in 1 v 1 situations.
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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This session improves quick decision making, tight control because the spaces are small to play in, and thinking in advance due to the switch in direction of the play. You can also work on the defending players.
Use this training session to work on good communication between the players, quality of the pass (timing, accuracy and weight) and good first touch by the receiver. To increase the players awareness instincts ask them to call the name of the player out who they will be passing to, before they receive the ball. This ensures they look to see who is free before they receive the ball so they know in advance who is free to receive.Read More
4 v 4 game. Players have to pass diagonally forward because of the condition set. This develops the checking and passing habits of players. Players stay in their same corridors or zones. Theme is to have them check off at an angle and sideways on so they can see the opponent, their team mates and the goal behind them.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Use this warm up to work on awareness of where other players are (in this case all the other players are defenders trying to win possession of your ball) whilst maintaining possession of the ball ensuring players are looking around away from their own ball.Read More
This exercise is what the Barcelona thinking model of passing and movement is built on. Players start at 7 years old and use it right thru the ages; and even at senior level it is a staple practice for the players.Read More
Here is an interesting way to work on awareness training and passing, movement off the ball, fitness and looking for the penetrating pass. Add triangular goals to score through, this means the game continues after a goal is scored as the ball must be received and possession maintained by another player on the other side of the triangle to count as a goal. This ensures continuous play.Read More
In the game players must develop the ability to be calm under pressure, to be confident to receive the ball in tight spaces and to have the confidence of teammates to give the ball to you under pressure.To be good at this takes time and practice and many sessions where constant pressure is applied in the training environment hence why man marking games can be so productive.Read More
Working with three teams (4 v 4 + 4). Teams (1) and (2) work together to keep the ball from team (3). If team (3) regains possession the team who gave it away becomes the defenders. The defenders reward is they keep the ball and link with the other team.Read More