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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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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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.Read More
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.
Here is an overview of what coaches should be working on in their training with 6-7 year olds. This is the “Fundamental” stage of development. Coaching emphasis is on teaching Technical and Mental development in the correct Environment.Read More
Small-sided games are less than 11 v 11 and can be any number from 3 v 3 to 9 v 9. The general sizes of a game to establish team coaching themes are usually 6 v 6 or 8 v 8. Here are two examples of set ups for these sizes of games and information on U.S. Soccer's small-sided games standards.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Add players to the practice. Have the game set up as a normal phase play, attackers against defenders. Attackers have to try to score, defenders try to win the ball back and score in the little goals. The defenders have five passes to score once they win the ball then it goes back to the attacking side.Read More
Same idea as previously, if there is no pressure on the ball then the defenders drop to prevent the ball being played into the space behind them for the strikers to run onto. Don’t get caught flat.Read More
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.Read More