Why Man Marking is good to use in practice even if you don’t defend that way in a game situation

Why Man Marking is good to use in practice even if you don’t defend that way in a game situation

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.

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Awareness One Touch Theme Developmental Training: Incorporating Movement Off the Ball

Awareness One Touch Theme Developmental Training: Incorporating Movement Off the Ball

Players are generally all very good at playing using many touches; that is; dribbles, turns and running with the ball, that is more technical training / playing.  

But often not so good at one touch quick thinking and quick decision making training, that is more skill training / playing.

Hence why we must increasingly do this training with 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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Pressure: When, Where and How as a Unit in the Attacking 1/3rd

Pressure: When, Where and How as a Unit in the Attacking 1/3rd

The majority of goals in the game of soccer are results of mistakes and most mistakes occur when players are put under pressure, especially in dangerous areas.  When you are attacking and you lose possession your first goal should be to regain possession.  You will be surprised the number of times your opponent will give the ball away in front of the goal when your team closes them down in an organized fashion. 

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3 v 2 To Goal

3 v 2 To Goal

Use the penalty area and a regulation size goal. Two lines of defenders stand on both sides of the goal. Three lines of attackers stand five yards out from the top of the penalty box. The coach or server stands on the end line, between the 6 and 18, with a group of balls.

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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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Passing Game for Spatial Awareness Development

Passing Game for Spatial Awareness Development

Players have the ball at their feet for approximately 5 minutes out of 90. What do they do the rest of the 85 minutes? They must learn to move off the ball and to move into open passing lanes to be open at all times to help the player on the ball or the next player on the ball. Here is a great session to teach this.

We can use many upright cones to represent opponents rather than mannequins. We set the cones up in triangles and diamonds. We ask players to position between the cones in the best space available. Try to balance their position to find the best space in the middle of the triangle or diamond of cones (opponents). Players beyond the ball try to position in triangles and diamonds of support also.

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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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A Short and Simple Explanation on How to Defend

A Short and Simple Explanation on How to Defend

Attacking: Based on the 5 corridors width-wise we want all 5 corridors to have players in them. 

Based length–wise we want a maximum of 2 of 3 zones filled; with the exception of the keeper.

Defending: Based on the 5 corridors width-wise we want a maximum of 3 corridors filled with players preferably 2.5 if possible.

Based length-wise we want a maximum of 2 of 3 zones filled preferably the whole team is condensed into 1.5 zones or at most half a field.

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Developing Play from the Back

Developing Play from the Back

We develop play from the back. Work on that 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.

So certain plays are recognized consciously first of all with particular CUES offering identification of these.

If one or two ways to develop play are done very frequently then it becomes a subconscious decision to move in to position so no decision making required as such.

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