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Passing and pressing 2 vs 2

Passing and pressing 2 vs 2

Players: 8 players (4 inside + 4 outside) + 1 Goalkeeper What you’ll need: Cones, balls, bibs,1 goal and 2 mini-goals Exercise description: The reds start with the ball and pass it to a player on the yellow team Reds will press the ball to avoid the attack Yellow team...

Turning to advance

Turning to advance

Players: 4 players + 2 Coaching Assistants split into 2 groups Playing area: One half of the pitch What you’ll need: Cones, balls and 4 mini-goals Exercise description: Player 1 passes the ball to the coach assistant and runs towards him The defender runs behind the...

Win the Ball – Exercise 3

Win the Ball – Exercise 3

Players: 4 players + 1 Goalkeeper Playing area: Zone 1: 2 Defenders Zone 2: 2 Attackers What you’ll need: Cones, balls, bibs and a goal Exercise description: Players will be 1v1 in each zone. Goalkeeper kicks the ball to the zone 2. Defenders in zone 2 fight for the...

Win the Ball – Exercise 2

Win the Ball – Exercise 2

Players: 4 players + 1 Goalkeeper Playing area: Zone 1: 1 Attacker, 1 Defender and 1 Goalkeeper Zone 2: 2 Attackers What you’ll need: Cones, balls, bibs and a goal Exercise description: Coach throws the ball with his hands to the defence and the attacker (zone1). If...

Pep Guardiola Career Timeline				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	3/5							(1)

Pep Guardiola Career Timeline 3/5 (1)

Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola is a quite private man and happily keeps it that way with a simple life with his wife Cristina Serra and their three children. Shielding his family from the public eye and not one to flash his wealth, the extrovert Pep we see on the touchline is...

Win the Ball – Exercise 1

Win the Ball – Exercise 1

  Players: 3 players + 1 Goalkeeper Playing area: Zone 1: 1 Defender and 1 Goalkeeper Zone 2: 2 Attackers What you’ll need: Cones, balls and a goal Exercise description: 1. Coach throws the ball with his hands to the defence (zone 1). 2. The defender clears the...

Man City – a product of Guardiola’s philosophy

Man City – a product of Guardiola’s philosophy

5 Premier league games. 15 goals. 4 against & maximum points. A convincing qualification to the champion’s league and an unbeaten record in the group stages highlight the immediate effect Pep Guardiola has had on Manchester City’s dominant start to the 2016/17...

A letter from Poppies 4 Kits				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	5/5							(10)

A letter from Poppies 4 Kits 5/5 (10)

Poppies4Kits is working with support of the Royal British Legion to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal. After seeing the Premier League stars raise thousands by having their shirts embroidered with the poppy emblem, we thought it would be a fantastic idea if all youth...

Top 5 Golden Boot Contenders

Top 5 Golden Boot Contenders

In a footballing world whereby the traditional 4-4-2 formation is a somewhat of a distant memory, and where most of teams nowadays boast a more possession based, 4-3-3/4-5-1 formation. The pressure on a team's goal scoring is placed even more upon a clubs 'Target man'...

The battle of the managers 2016/17 season

The battle of the managers 2016/17 season

Mourinho, Guardiola, Conte, Klopp, Wenger, Pocchetino and Ranieri, the names just roll off the tongue. The premier League boasts an array of arguably the best managers in world football, but who will win the battle of the managers? This blog will compare the managers...

Paul Pogba – Returning Home

Paul Pogba – Returning Home

Some are calling it the signing of the summer. A world record fee of £89 million has seen the French international Paul Pogba re-sign for Manchester United Football club from Italian giants Juventus. Age 23, 6’3 in height, the mobile long legged midfielder who the...

Respect the Ref

Respect the Ref

Football is changing. The biggest sport on the planet has had a significant amount of new rules and regulations that have been implemented by FIFA within the last decade. From the introduction of goal line technology which was way overdue but desperately needed, to...

Attacking Centrally

Attacking Centrally

Process:  Normal rules apply, however the only difference is the pitch shape. This shape naturally forces the team in possession inside the pitch. Depending on your returns for the session and players add offside -lines. High lines to exploit space in behind. Deep...

Motivating Players for Set Plays

Motivating Players for Set Plays

To be considered: Attacking corners. Identify opportunities to score, retain possession in the oppositions half and prevent being countered. Deploy you players considering your strengths and weaknesses. Rules: Allow free play for a period of time once the corner has...

Purposeful Possession

Purposeful Possession

Coaching Pointers Dispersal: Length, width and depth. Support: Always be available. Forward, inside and backwards options. Movement: Become a free man. Penetration: Think forward, try to play forward. Security: Thinking about regaining possession whilst in possession....

Next Level Conditions

Next Level Conditions

6 Pass Rule (Possession) Once the team in possession score, they must complete 6 successful passes for the goal to stand. 6 Pass Rule (Pressing) Once the team in possession score, they must press and prevent the opposition completing 6 successful passes. 4 pass Rule:...

A technical report on England in Euro 2016 – Part 2

A technical report on England in Euro 2016 – Part 2

England played a conventional 3-man midfield, featuring mostly Eric Dier as the holding player and Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli in front as a 2. I want to applaud the contribution Eric Dier made to the tournament. Very disciplined in that specialist role, from a...

A technical report on England in Euro 2016

A technical report on England in Euro 2016

The FA launched its ‘England DNA’ project in 2014. The DNA is the framework or blueprint to help bring success to future players and teams who represent England at international level. From U16 all the way through to the senior side, the DNA project is designed to...

The factors behind late goals in football matches

The factors behind late goals in football matches

One thing stood out to me during the 0-0 draw between England and Slovakia on Monday evening. Clive Tyldesley the ITV commentator that the evening stated that 25% of the goals in the tournament so far have been scored beyond the 85th minute. This got me thinking… Why?...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Wales

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Wales

Play Like Wales - Counter Attacking Themed Games: Attacking in 2’s Players are split into 2 teams – 1 team attacks north, the other south Players will always attack in 2's Players can only score in the ‘score zone’ marked by poles Golden Rules – The player who shoots...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Ukraine

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Ukraine

Play Like Ukraine - Combination in Wide Areas 1. Overlaps Players are split into 3’s at each disc Middle player always starts with the ball Plays a soft diagonal pass in front of the player to the right The pass invites the attacker into the space which creates space...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Turkey

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Turkey

Play Like Turkey - Killer Passes 1. Rotate with receiver Play a soft pass to the spare side and rotate with the receiver Key Tip Receiver points and leans where they want it Pass is soft and guided Competition If the pass is stopped on the gated line = team point...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Switzerland

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Switzerland

Play Like Switzerland - Cut in to Finish 1. Cutting in to shoot 2 opposite queues Players have a football each Moves Hazard: Inside/ Inside / Outside Ronaldo: Chop Suarez: Fake shot / Cut Once the move has been performed on the mannequin/pole join the opposite queue...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Sweden

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Sweden

Play Like Sweden - Finish from Crosses 1. Finish From Crosses Cross 1 2 lines of players with a ball each 2 plays a start on the pole A ½ is played around the pole The wide player crosses in to the player at the front of the opposite queue who looks to finish Crosser...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Spain

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Spain

Play Like Spain – Possession in Tight Spaces 1. Possession Boxes – 20 minutes Easy: 3 v 1/4 v 1/5 v 1 Moderate: 5 v 2/6 v 2 7 v 2 Advanced: 3 v 2 4 v 2/5 v 3 Coach sets out a number of passes as a target which = 1 goal Coach can vary size of areas, numbers of players...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Slovakia

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Slovakia

Play Like Slovakia - Flair and Skills 1. Inventing a new move Invent a new move – call it the ‘surname’ One ball each 5 practice time Presentation of the skill The player who shows the example becomes the coach to help the other players improve Key Tip Enjoy the ball...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Russia

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Russia

Play Like Russia - Running off the Ball 1. Squared area Players are split into 3’s in a squared area Each player covers a side of the square 1 player starts with the football and passes to a team mate The player who then played the pass moves towards the space side...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Romania

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Romania

Play Like Romania - Attacking/Defensive Headers 1. Heading Warm Up One ball between two players Head rally How many can you and your partner perform? Use air light balls for players 6 – 9 years’ old 2. Defensive Heads Red serves to Yellow Just above head height to...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Republic of Ireland

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Republic of Ireland

Play Like R.O.I - Defending as a Unit 1. Possession Box 5 v 2 possession box 7 passes = 1 goal Player who gives away possession plus the player to their left replaces the middle 2 defenders Players stay in the middle if the ball splits the 2 defenders Key Tips Work...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Portugal

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Portugal

Play Like Portugal – Fast Attacking 1. Football Tag 3 teams 1 team = catchers 1 team = dodgers 1 team = the releasers (ball each) The dodgers escape the catchers by performing football related movements If the dodger is caught they freeze and form a bridge with their...

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