All Posts by Mike Saif

Receive and Finish

By Philip Cauchi Introduction: This training session is about having the players receiving the ball with good control and having a positive attitude towards finishing on goal. Various offensive movements will be carried out by the players in order to create and exploit the momentarily numerical superiority that might come up during a match. Developing

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Zonal or Man Marking Defending

By Keith Scarlett In football there are two broad categories of defensive approaches; zonal defending and man-marking. Each approach has sub-divisions; however, the two styles differ mainly on reference points. In zonal defending each player references their team-mates and the ball, in man-marking however, the reference point is the opponent. The difference in reference points

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Four Corners Reactive Agility

By Philip Cauchi Title: Four corners reactive agility. Theme: Reactive agility. Development of the soccer domains: Technical: Receiving and passing the ball with accuracy. Tactical: n/a. Mental: React quickly to verbal and visual stimuli. Physical: Perform quick changes of direction at speed while maintaining balance. Organisation: Area measuring 5 yards x 5 yards. A player

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Training Session Using Barcelona’s Structure

By Philip Cauchi Introduction: In this session we will work using the structured method of FC Barcelona’s Francisco ‘Paco’ Seirul-lo. FC Barcelona view the player as an individual composed of eight structures which are interrelated and affect each other. Through optimised planning of our training sessions, we can develop these structures within a specific stage

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1v1 Conditioning Drills

By Philip Cauchi Title: Strength in the duel – get unmarked in a 1v1. Theme: Strength in the duel. Development of the soccer domains: Technical: Quality of technical actions performed under heavy opposition pressure such as shielding the ball, passing the ball with accuracy, oriented first touch and shooting. Tactical: Perform off-the-ball movements such as

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Making Good Attacking Decisions

By Keith Scarlett This training session is designed to provide opportunity for players to learn the when, why and how of making decisions when attacking. Unrestricted space – warm-up: ball between three people – passing and moving Coaching points: – Good passing technique • In order for the players to make good tactical choices they

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Lose Your Marker to Score Conditioning Game

By Philip Cauchi Theme: Rapidity. Development of the soccer domains: Technical: Receive and control the ball while moving at speed. Finish with accuracy. Tactical: Getting unmarked to receive the ball. Mental: Quick thinking under opposition pressure of what moves to perform to lose the defender. Physical: Perform rapid movements while maintaining the body in a

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