Quick Transition Directional Play Promoting Passing and Movement Off the Ball

Quick Transition Directional Play Promoting Passing and Movement Off the Ball

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.

 

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Coaching Points Of Individual Defending – Closing Down

Coaching Points Of Individual Defending – Closing Down

Players should close the opponent down with a curved run forcing the player the way they want them to go. Encourage the players to not only win the ball but also to maintain possession of it if they can. In this session they can win it and try to score into the other goal as a reward for gaining possession. In this instance both players will get a chance to practice defending in the same sequence.

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Sideways on Soccer Using Corridors

Sideways on Soccer Using Corridors

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. 

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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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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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Defensive Positioning to Fix in Defensive Team Shape

Defensive Positioning to Fix in Defensive Team Shape

Teams should have 2 basic shapes, an attacking one and a defensive one; wide and long on offense, short and tight on defense. The differences between each should be significant in terms of spacing between players. A problem that occurs is defensive team shape is not short and tight enough and it allows opponents too much time on the ball.

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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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Teaching Inverted Runs from Outside to Inside

Teaching Inverted Runs from Outside to Inside

Pep Guardiola has introduced INVERTED FULLBACK / WINGBACK movements to the Premier league. It’s a real statement of intent to introduce radical ideas from the norm and we are sure in time it will be an effective change in the game set up.

Here Wayne shows how these inverted runs work having implemented them with his own team over a year ago with great success and hence winning one of the toughest leagues in the country at U14; the Southern California CRL league.

These inverted movements created confusion in the opponents defensive set ups and he also added wingers making the same moves as opposed to the wing backs (which is more common). Defensively now this would mean with (6) dropping back in; the second line of defenders would be (2), (8) and (3) getting compact as a three centrally.

Add this variation to your team, it opens up new attacking and defending challenges for your opponents

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When to Close in Wide and Central Areas

When to Close in Wide and Central Areas

This session covers when and when not to close down in wide and then central areas. The practice develops into an 11 v 11 game situation, still working with the defending team. The coach serves to the opponents in different locations on the field and the team needs to try to win the ball back individually and collectively.

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