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Diamond Combination Play to Shoot

This week's Animated Drills Video shows a diamond shooting activity that I first described on the CoachingSoccerWeekly.com podcast in episode 166. There are many different combinations that you could run from this setup but today I show you three that I've done with my teams.  The diagram is being created with the Academy Soccer

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Crossing and Finishing Pattern of Play – Speed Production and Reaction

By Anthony Hazelwood The following activity activates the attacking players to develop a flank combination with the objective in creating a crossing and finishing opportunity. This activity is a linear and non-linear type of exercise with the soccer specific fitness target being the player and group athletic development. The metabolic training adaptations are meant for

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Creating Crossing Opportunities to Finish on Goal – Aerobic Capacity

By Anthony Hazelwood The following activity coaches a team to create crossing opportunities to finish on goal. The specific fitness target is match endurance while adapting the player’s aerobic capacity in an extended small-sided format. When preparing the activity, if needed, concentration and difficulty levels may be increased by having players execute something extra unique

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Favorite Shooting and Finishing SSG

By Mike Saif Diamond Shooting I was talking with someone recently who wasn't happy with the shooting and finishing drills he was using with his team. Most of them included having players in lines. My recommendation to him was to change his line drills and use more small-sided games for shooting to make it more game

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Team Finishing Inside the Penalty Area

By David Johnson Objective This session will focus on crossing and immediate finishing.  The focus needs to be on proper height, accuracy and direction of the cross and the quality and creativity of the finish. Communication including calling for the ball and what areas are open such as calling “switch” are critical. Set Up In

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Defend in a Deep Lying Block Defense – Aerobic Power

By Anthony Hazelwood Defend in a Deep Lying Block Defense – Aerobic Power.   Defend in a Deep Lying Block Defense – Aerobic Power.   The following activity coaches a team to defend in a deep lying block defense. The specific fitness target is transient endurance while adapting the player’s aerobic power in an extended small-sided format.

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Finishing and Defending

By Anthony Hazelwood The following activity is a short intensive finishing and defending exercise intended to train the players explosive and soccer specific muscle strength. The specific fitness target is intermittent endurance while adapting the player’s anaerobic capacity in a small sided group format. In this activity, groups of players go through three sequences: Muscle

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Part II - Position Specific Strength Training: Defensive Actions to Attacking Transition

By Anthony Hazelwood This is a continuation of activities described in Part I  The Midfielders: (Section D): 3 vs. 4: Defending in numerical inferiority. Area Size: 18 yd. x 23 yd. Intervals: 8. Activity Time – First Part: 1 minute. Rest between total activity time (first part and second part): 45 Seconds. Intensity: High. The

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Position Specific Strength Training: Defensive Actions to Attacking Transition

By Anthony Hazelwood The following practice is a soccer specific, small sided and muscle tension training activity geared towards strengthening the player’s muscles and increasing their anaerobic capacity. Players are placed in their functional areas and will perform repetitive soccer specific and muscle tension movements in a functional 1-4-3-3 formation. When preparing the activity, if

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