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An idea channel

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The following is just a collection of ideas, I hope these golden nuggets of wonderful information prove productive.

“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 opposition’s ability to regroup and organise”

“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 nowhere 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”

“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 the opposition player out of the game, provides a potential advantage”

“Evolution of coaching these days has introduced more and more terminology,  a new one is SAQ. Which is of course Speed Agility and Quickness.

A standardized layout is an ideal option, three channel and split your team into three groups. Use one of the channels for ladders, another of zigzags and last simply quick feet. When time expires everyone moves to their left.

Again this is open to customization, ideas to suit your team’s development”

“A player doing keepy uppy with a rugby ball….

Why would they do this I hear you ask?

The key part of a rugby ball is its shape, if you ask one of your kids to try this sort of thing, the unpredictability of where the ball will end up will demand the players mind to work harder, this in turn develop the player’s anticipation and first touch.

The application has been used regularly with goalkeepers, former Swansea player Michel Armand Vorm regularly voiced his appreciation for this concept”

“Always remain open minded to the potential versatility of a player, have a look at what the player can and can’t do. Maintaining that state of mind may work to your advantage, what is your problem, what alternative’s do you have at your disposal, think what alternatives do you have and what further alternatives are your afraid to use. Take the risk as there will be the reward. At what point does this disallow you from adding the player to the potential position?”

“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”

Fresh Material

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Done some reorganizing and rewriting to keep the standard of text up, obviously the main focus of the blog is to offer up some dedicated ideas to coached looking to source in some new material, so I have also added a page dedicated to such a cause so head here to tap into said category.

The Rondo

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Perfect quote which sums up the usage of the classic Rondo.

“Everything that goes on in a match, except shooting, you can do in a rondo. The competitive aspect, fighting to make space, what to do when in possession and what to do when you haven’t got the ball, how to play ‘one touch’ soccer, how to counteract the tight marking and how to win the ball back.”

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Coerver Review

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The Coerver Diploma took place over the weekend, interesting insight into how the concept was created and how they think things should be done. Day one consisted of a two of lectures expressing the concept, in between each lecture there was a practical sessions where you have the opportunity to take part and understand the detail behind the idea. The lectures themselves are finely balanced during each the great Charlie Cooke himself went into some serious details full of enthusiasm, the idea is simply to create a skilled individual confident enough to take on players.

The second day consisted of the same, a couple of lectures and 2 practical sessions, one of which included concept in action where the u13s section of Livingston FC took part instead of all us old coaches. The price tag was a whole £200, all the content came with a certificate of attendance, notepad and handbook detailing the drills expressed during the two day period.

A recommendation.