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Messut Ozil

Messut Ozil

Roles  -No.10 -False 9 -Shadow Striker -Loose Striker -Advanced Quarter Back -Attacking midfielder What He Provides  -Constantly available -Chess player always 3 moves ahead -Creates space for self and others -Scores and creates -Link player -OPPORTUNIST End Product ...

Decision Making Games

Decision Making Games

Swedish Hand Ball Structure: -Set up the area as above. Rules: -2 teams trying to keep possession. -Possession is in hands, but before a player catches the ball they must control it first (chest-catch, thigh-catch etc). -The opposition only have to catch to steel...

Intense Pressure

Intense Pressure

Structure: -Set up the area as above. Rules: -The whites keep possession of the ball against the blues. -The whites must play off 1 or 3 touches ONLY. -If blues win possession they can score in either of the goals. Progressions: -Change the player ratio’s. -Whites...

Finishing Games

Finishing Games

Structure: -Set up the area as above. Rules: -Blues and whites fight in the middle for possession. -The idea is to get the ball to your teams striker in the final third. -The striker then sets it back for a team mate to shoot at goal. -The team mate who took the shot...

Improving 1st Touch

Improving 1st Touch

Structure: -Set up the area as above keeping the distance between the cones 2yards apart. Process: -A player passes the ball through the triangle. -The player receiving the ball is not allowed to pass the ball in  the same path they received it from. -Every time a...

Ask Louis: Vote On The Next Training Drill

Ask Louis: Vote On The Next Training Drill

This week you will be in the driving seat! Vote on what training session you want Louis to cover and a unique training drill will be created around that subject by the Watford U15's coach. You can also ask Louis any coaching questions you may have on his twitter page...

Defending Practices

Defending Practices

Structure: -Set up the area as above. Rules: -The whites pass the ball back and forth. -The blues work in pairs laterally as the ball travels. -As you can see one blue player marks the mannequin ball side with the other 2yards deeper preventing the forward pass down...

Football Tennis				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	3/5							(1)

Football Tennis 3/5 (1)

Louis Lancaster teaches us how football tennis can be used in a training session. You can purchase football tennis sets here; https://www.discountfootballkits.com/Soccer-Tennis-Sets Benefits of football tennis: -Technique -Team work -Group cohesion -Low intensity...

Ball Warm Ups				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(1)

Ball Warm Ups 5/5 (1)

Structure: -Set up the area as above. -Players on the outside,  some with a ball, some without. -2 Yellows on the inside. -1 Blue on the inside Rules: -The idea is for  players to travel across the square lending the ball to a free white player. They can do it 3 ways:...

Attacking centrally

Attacking centrally

Structure: -Set up the area as above. -Keep it narrow, as any wider would mean adding wide players. The aim is to attack central. -Whites have 2 CM’s and 1 FW. -Blues have 1 CB and 1CM Rules: -The whites try and get the ball to the FW. -The blue player in the middle...

Football Circuit Training Drill

Football Circuit Training Drill

List of football equipment needed includes speed ladders, football cones, footballs, slalom poles, football hurdles and football goals. Process 1.Over the hurdle, through the ladder and over the hurdle. 2.Six quick turns within the square (leave the ball). 3.Go...

The Robin Van Persie Volley Technique

The Robin Van Persie Volley Technique

A step by step breakdown on the Van Persie free kick by @LouisLancs Lose/Escape Marker Know your players! If someone else was on the ball he may not have made the run. As it would Rooney, he knows he has the ability to deliver  -RVP recognises the space in behind. -He...

Receiving And Releasing The Ball On The Move

Receiving And Releasing The Ball On The Move

Structure: -A rectangle roughly  30 by 40 -A square of football cones in each corner 7 by 7 -3,4 or 5 teams made up of 3 or 4 players.  Rules: -Each team has their own ball. -They must pass and move towards one end. -They must get the ball into one of the squares. If...

Risk or Retain Possession of the Ball

Risk or Retain Possession of the Ball

Session 1 Structure: - A grid as big or as small as you like depending on age/ability. -Two teams in the middle ready to compete. -One team act as bouncers on the outside. Rules: -The game is played for 3minutes. -The whites and yellows have to keep possession of the...

Attacking Centrally With No Strikers

Attacking Centrally With No Strikers

-Set up the area as above. -Keep it narrow, as any wider would mean adding wide players. The aim is to attack central. -Whites are playing 4-3-3, with blues playing 4-4-2, but we have broken it down. -The blues 6 players in the middle are made up of 2CM’s, 2WG’s and...

Player Skills Guide

Player Skills Guide

The players we have all enjoyed watching over the years have had a number of tricks up their sleeves. Louis Lancaster has given us his tips on how to perform each of these famous pieces of skill. Cryuff Turn Johan Cryuff is regarded as one of footballs greatest...

Off-season Individual Training ‘Running With the Ball’

Off-season Individual Training ‘Running With the Ball’

The football equipment used in these training exercises includes Football cones and Slalom poles available from www.discountfootballkits.com The images below are exercises to keep you in shape, and improve your ball control and dribbling during pre season.  UEFA...

Champions League Prediction

Champions League Prediction

Prediction Louis Lancasters Champions League Prediction is: Bayern 2-0 Dortmund 4 Reasons 1. Bayern will ease themselves into the game. Dropping off out of possession and keeping ball in possession, unless they are presented with an obvious opportunity. This will...

Speed and Agility Ladder Drills				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(1)

Speed and Agility Ladder Drills 5/5 (1)

Blow are some variations for training drills that can be used with speed/ agility ladders. You are able to use 2m agility ladders, 4m agility ladders, or 8m agility ladders. Rules: -Pass in one direction and move in another through a ladder. -Remember technique is...

Dribbling In 1v1 Situations

Dribbling In 1v1 Situations

This session is deigned to help players improve their dribbling in 1v1 situations. Equipment; footballs, football bibs, football cones, football goals   1. Rules: -Red plays to yellow. -Yellow drives forward to the line, performs a quick turn and tries to score...

Defending When Out of Balance

Defending When Out of Balance

Note: 'Defending when out of balance' refers to times when your team may be 'unbalanced', such as your full back is out of position after attacking, or you are hit on the counter when pressing for a last minute goal. Game 1. Rules: -Whites defend the big goal and try...

Awareness ‘Knowledge or perception of a situation’

Awareness ‘Knowledge or perception of a situation’

1. Rules: -Whites and reds play across the pitch (mark with football bibs). -Black and yellow play up and down the pitch. -Play for 5 mins and then change opposition. Conditions: Game 1 – Normal Game 2 – Silence, free kick if sound is made (no clapping) Game 3 – Hit...

Advantages & Disadvantages of Zonal Marking

Advantages & Disadvantages of Zonal Marking

The 6 Yard Line If the delivery is in swinging, like this one, then the defenders may choose to go one yard inside the six yard box in order to come out and attack the ball. If the delivery is out swinging then they generally start on the six yard line. 3 Bases As you...

How Messi Runs With The Ball				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(2)

How Messi Runs With The Ball 5/5 (2)

1) Messi drives towards a defender, fixing him to his position. While travelling he has heavier touches to maximise speed and eliminate recovering defenders. Messi drives at the defender at full speed, this  allows him to go inside our outside. Ideally he would like...

Shooting Training Session

Shooting Training Session

1. Structure: -44yrds wide by 36yards long -4v2 or 5v3 in each half Rules: -4 players move the ball and try to score in the opposition goal. -Players must stay in their own half. -The two team mates in the opposition half can be used as target men, and score rebounds....

Learn The Ronaldo Free Kick

Learn The Ronaldo Free Kick

  1) Ensure your standing foot close to and inline with the football.   2) Hit the ball with clean contact with the instep (the bone from toe to top of the foot).   3) After contact swivel the striking foot to point towards the goal.   4) Bring the...

Part 1: Receiving The Ball On The Move

Part 1: Receiving The Ball On The Move

1. Structure: Make a circle as big or small as you want depending on the range of passing you are looking for. Use football bibs to identify  the 3 teams. Rules: -Players work only in their colours. -The outside players pass the ball to the team mate inside the...

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