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Euro 2016 Training Drills: Poland

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Poland

Play Like Poland - Star Man: Lewandowski 1. Finishing 2 goals, 4 gates, 1 pole/2 teams Players have 1 football each Player 1 runs with the ball, once passed the half way line they can shoot As soon as the shot has been taken the first player from gate 2 attacks the...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Northern Ireland

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Northern Ireland

Play Like Northern Ireland - Attacking Set Pieces 1. Corners 1.Player arcs the run towards the second post 2.Player hides behind number 1 and drives towards the first post anticipating on under hit cross 3. Waits for 1 and 2 to split and runs fast straight down the...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Italy

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Italy

Play Like Italy - Organised Defending 1. Playing in Channels Players are paired up with 1 football between them The players will work down their channel only The player at the back faces in front in a 1 v 1 situation ‘Shadow play only’ – the attacker takes small...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Iceland

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Iceland

Play Like Iceland - Role of the Playmaker 1. Possession Box 4 v 2 + 1 playmaker 2 defenders look to win the ball cleanly if they do Blue becomes defender in a 2 v 1 situation White’s job is to keep possession and attempt to use the playmaker; Blue as much as possible...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Hungary

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Hungary

Play Like Hungary - Scoring from corners 1. The cluster Players gather in a tight space on the edge of the penalty box. During the ‘run up’ phase of the taker, the players de-cluster and sprint into different areas of the penalty zone. Advantages Hard for opposition...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Germany

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Germany

Play Like Germany - Switch Play 1. Switching play in 3’s Players are in 3’s 2 players are fixed on 2 cones on the outside, 1 player operates in the middle zone Player in the middle looks to receive off their team mate and play through to the other player To trigger a...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: England

Euro 2016 Training Drills: England

Play Like England – Pressing 1. Warm Up – ‘Box Trap’ 20 minutes Numbers in the box can vary depending on age, ability and players available e.g. 4 v 1, 5 v 2, 3 v 1, 6 v 3 Outside players combine to keep the football in the square Inside players look to press and...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Czech Republic

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Czech Republic

Play Like Czech Republic - Using your Goalkeeper 1. Warm Up A queue of players (south west) Ball each as spares Ball moves laterally across (follow pass) Ball is played into the goalkeeper (player moves across to the right) Goalkeeper switches play (north west) Ball...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Croatia

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Croatia

Play Like Croatia - 1 Touch Passing 1. Non-Contact Passing 1 lateral pass 2 diagonal pass 3 lateral pass 4 diagonal pass Every pass is followed through with a run Key Tips Scan for the next pass Play off the back foot to improve passing accuracy and smoothness Belly...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Belgium/France

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Belgium/France

Play Like Belgium/France – Attacking Third – Combination Play 1. Combination Warm Up Players are separated into 3’s in 3 different queues The central players start with the ball and perform a soft space pass To one of the outside players The passer then overlaps at...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Austria

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Austria

Play Like Austria - Long Shooting 1. 3 queues Players split into 3 queues Footballs are with the servers by the posts Server will play into the attacker by the mannequin and look to press the ball The attacker must gain control and look to shoot before the pressure...

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Albania

Euro 2016 Training Drills: Albania

Play Like Albania - Crossing and Finishing 1. Crossing and Finishing Players are split into two lines Each player has a ball Player crosses from the gated area into the attacker looking to score The player who attempts the shot collects the ball and joins the other...

Position Specific – No.10

Position Specific – No.10

Overloads   Process: The yellows always attack. The whites always defend. The game starts with the keeper releasing an aerial ball to the yellow for a 1v1. Once the 1v1 has finished another yellow plays in to create a 2v1. Once the 2v1 has finished another yellow...

Position Specific – No.4

Position Specific – No.4

Movement Process: The yellows attack up the pitch. The whites attack down the pitch. To start with each team must go through the purple player (your no.4) The no.4 must look to always be available within their channel. Progressions: Add a man marker to encourage the...

Position Specific – Wide Players

Position Specific – Wide Players

Transition Process: The yellow winger releases a pass to white player. The white player is effectively a full back. The wingers role is to work back to prevent the white player scoring. Not only can he prevent them scoring, can he regain possession and attack the goal...

Position Specific – Forwards

Position Specific – Forwards

1v1's Process: The coach plays the ball in to the area. The blue and yellow compete for the ball and try to score. They can score in either goal. That ball is dead once someone scores, the ball leaves the pitch or a player protects/shields the ball. Players are not...

Position Specific – Centre Midfield

Position Specific – Centre Midfield

Key Passes  Process: The yellows play against the whites in the square 3v2. By all means change the numbers to suit your formation. It is important that the yellows always have players in front and behind the whites. At the right time the yellows must try to break the...

Position Specific – Centre Back

Position Specific – Centre Back

Marking  Process: The two white players in front of the small goal pass the ball back and fourth to each other. Whilst the ball is moving the yellow defenders must move laterally and mark the mannequin on the correct shoulder. At any time the two whites can hit the...

Position Specific – Full Back

Position Specific – Full Back

Crossing Process: The FB starts by having 10 quick touches of the ball from the pole to the mannequin. They must move the ball outside the line of their body, like moving in a zig zag. They then play a one two around the mannequin. The delivery must go over the first...

Random Games With a Twist

Random Games With a Twist

Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the diagram making sure it suits the needs of your players. Rules: Players spend 3 minutes at each pitch. As you can see each pitch is different. On any pitch whoever kicks the ball off the pitch must go and collect the ball....

Forwards Showing In / Out

Forwards Showing In / Out

IN  Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the diagram making sure it suits the needs of your players. Rules: -The whites pass the ball laterally. -As the ball is moving the two defenders also move preventing the whites playing forward into goals. -The blues try to...

Every Training Session of 2015

Every Training Session of 2015

To view or download  'Every Coaching Session of 2015' in a single document - Click Here, or click the image below. 2015 has been another year when we've been able to provide high quality training sessions for grassroots coaches. All free of charge. Louis Lancaster is...

Crackers

Crackers

Individual  Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the diagram making sure it suits the needs of your players. Rules: You can have free play or condition the games. All players are numbered 1-8. During play a number leaves the pitch on the coaches command. The number...

Christmas Session

Christmas Session

Preparing the Advent calendar   Leave all the doors unopened. Slide the chocolate tray out. Remove one chocolate and replace it with a token. Slide the chocolate tray back into the calendar.       Individual Equipment: Set up the area as shown on the...

6 Talented Starlets to Watch Out For in 2016

6 Talented Starlets to Watch Out For in 2016

Who is going to be the next big thing in world football? That’s the big question so many people continue to ask year in, year out. With scouts continuing to scour the market for teenage prodigies to shape and mould into professional superstars, there is no short...

Danger – Extremely High Tempo

Danger – Extremely High Tempo

Set up the three stations as shown in the diagrams suiting the needs of your players. Split all players into two teams. Number all of the players on each team 1-9 etc.   Station 1 Numbers 3-9 play in the game . This can be a conditioned game depending on your...

Pre-season Belters

Pre-season Belters

Session 1 Equipment: Set up the area as above suiting the needs of your players. You will need slalom poles. Rules: Divide players into 3 teams. Yellows and whites fight in the middle for 5 minutes. By all means condition the game to maximise the work load. During the...

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