Academy Level: A Fun Awareness Warm-up for Improving Peripheral Vision

Academy Level: A Fun Awareness Warm-up for Improving Peripheral Vision

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.

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Defensive Pressing to Push Up Without Touching the Ball

Defensive Pressing to Push Up Without Touching the Ball

This is a great session to teach the players and shows how they can push opponents back even when THE OPPONENTS have the ball.

We will try to push them back without even touching the ball ourselves. We start on the edge of our box we try to get our back three up to the half way line.  Set Conditions will help us do this to start the process off.

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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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Video: Teaching Movement “Off the Ball” Through the Transition Directional Target Game

Video: Teaching Movement “Off the Ball” Through the Transition Directional Target Game

Observe the Attacking Team – Recognize their movement off the ball for example to work the ball into their own half see if the players make runs early in there as soon as the ball is at a target, some should support short and some long so the target has choices.

Observe the Defending Team – See if they are sucked to the ball or they recognize runs off the ball and track players making runs away from the ball into the other half. To lessen the workload and keep everyone involved have players switch with targets and outside side players when they pass to them.

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Game Situation Problem: Getting Tight To A Striker Dropping Deep To Receive To Feet

Game Situation Problem: Getting Tight To A Striker Dropping Deep To Receive To Feet

Striker comes short, center back lets the striker go, and the striker receives and
turns and runs at the back four who now are in a vulnerable position. Being able to
immediately run at the back four means the striker and teammates have not been
delayed which would help other players on our team recover back.

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1 v 1 Receiving and Turning Drill

1 v 1 Receiving and Turning Drill

Receiving and turning is a technique that every player in every field position must have in their locker.  The sooner they are taught this ability the better; that is why we focus here on such young ages. 

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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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