Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1 Formation

Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1 Formation

How to Overcome the #1 Problem in Youth Soccer and Create Teams Able to Keep their Shape and Take Advantage of the Full Pitch to create More Scoring Opportunities.

Coaches can rejoice - an answer to the biggest problem in youth soccer has arrived! Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1 Formation provides a complete guide on how to improve spatial awareness, player movement and to give players the vital discipline to keep the team's shape. No longer will the entire team charge for the ball, leaving vast gaps for the opposition to exploit. Instead, you’ll have a team that stays n position and uses space to create more goal scoring opportunities.

Are you fed up of seeing your players charge headlong for the ball? Do they lack awareness of what’s going on in the space around them, and keep creating huge gaps in your defense? This is a frustration shared by youth coaches across the country. Giving enthusiastic young players the discipline to stay in position can be a challenge. They naturally want to get a kick of ball at every opportunity. Thankfully, help has arrived with Sean Pearson's new grid based development system. 

Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1 Formation provides a complete coaching guide for training players at all levels to improve their spatial awareness, communication and movement off the ball. Harnessing grids and specially designed drills, the book explains exactly how to improve your players' awareness of how to make the best use of the space around them and to stay in position so you can keep the ball moving and use the whole of the pitch to your advantage.

From working through the drills in this book and explaining the theory behind them, you’ll be able to develop a team that's able to find space, perform smooth passing moves and create more goal scoring chances through keeping its shape. Whether you coach at youth or a more senior level, Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1 Formation offers the blueprint to stopping your players from charging, head down, for the ball but instead playing with intelligence and discipline so you can dominate sides still struggling to rein in over enthusiastic players.

Coaching Team Shape in the 3-3-1 Formation is born from its author Sean Pearson's lifelong passion for coaching. He grew up watching his father’s vast collection of Liverpool games from the 1980's onwards, a period during which they were England's most dominate team. From watching and analyzing their style of play, Pearson developed an appreciation for the benefits of smoothing passing and playing as a team.

Pearson first started coaching at the young age of 16, helping to train his local team. This continued while at Oxford Brookes University, where he helped to train the university side. Upon graduating, Pearon continued to pursue his passion for coaching at Sheffield United's Academy, coaching junior sides up to the age of 14. During his time at Sheffield United, Pearson was able to observe professional level coaching firsthand and gain his UEFA B License.

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