Category Archives: Drills

Conditioning

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Picked up from the world of Futsal.

Ball goes out of play the team in possession has to bring the ball back into play within 4 second or they have to hand over possession.

Encourages quick thinking and impact oppositions ability to regroup and organise.

A Poll

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At your feet…

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Really simple idea, sometimes you will see kids or adults time wasting pre-session, common occurrence and to be fair understandable.

Decent attention spans are no where to be seen, so a recommendation would be simply to implement a rule, do what you want pre-session whether it be chat or whatever, as long as you have a football at your feet.

Using the square

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Purely my own invention, using short sharp burst concept along with a game related scenario. Create a a big square, maybe 10 steps short of touchline to touchline. Divide players up into groups of 3, one of the three going to one corner and the other two in the group of three going to the opposite corner. One player from the group of two sets off flat out until arriving at the player standing whilst following the square shape, stops then the players standing follows suit and gets back to the starting point.

Then the exercise starts again. Repeat and continue and you will have a nice flow of sprinting. Its of course your decision as to how long you wish to spend on this exercise, again remember the philosophy of short and sharp though. The shorter and more intense it is, the better result you will get.

Warming up…

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Warm up routine, can be used throughout age groups.

10 players and 2 footballs.

Action

Number your player 1-10, use 1 ball to start with, ensure the players pass in sequential order.

Coaching Points

Vision to see what player you are looking to pass to. Movement and communication. Will help the players switch on, passing and moving.

Progressions

Odd Numbers, 10 – 1, even numbers, add a second ball.

All shapes and sizes…

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“Why are there always shapes involved in the routines we do, triangles and squares and so on?

Football is often played in squares and triangles, the routines are set out to look the same.

 

Corners

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Corner taking is an important aspect of football, ideas on how to mix it up a little is always ideal. Have a player work with your regular corner taker to come short with a decoy run. This drags a opposition player out of the game, provides a potential advantage.

What is a running start?

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Possession Extract

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The story of the secret footballer is a recommendation for any footballing freak, one of the extracts which I shall adapt to suit a coach.

It was in reference on how at the time of writing England national team were so behind the times, stats from the England vs Italy game showed that highest number of passes completed was Joe hart at 48 against Pirlo’s 112.

There are four reason’s why possession in so important.

  • The opposition don’t have it.
  • Opposition get tired pressing/chasing.
  • Chance to “rest in possession”
  • Option to probe and move.

The Proactive

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Coaching is often influenced by trends. A good example is a corner, modern football suggests having two players placed at each post to reduce the space the goalkeeper has to cover, which is fine.

From a coaches point of view this is one of the very few proactive elements in football today, but think of alternatives, think of the space those to players could cover when not on post, you are two men down straight away as they have been taken out of the game entirely.

Could you place more players up front, take that risk if perhaps you manage to clear the ball there’s extra up top to pick up the counter attack?

How about you?