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Team Transition

By Steven Smith This session is designed to emphasize transition in all portions of the field. Transition is necessary in single person counter attack, whole team counter attack and even repossession in the front third. This concept must be trained and cannot be expected without training. Teams that transition effectively are more likely to take advantage

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Involvement of the number 6 during the build-up

By Philip Joe Cauchi Introduction: Within a system of play, constructing an attack occurs mainly in two major ways; short constructive build-up through the thirds or by-passing the midfield through direct play. In this article we are going to look at the number six or the defensive midfielder’s role in the build-up phase. The defensive

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Possession in Tight Spaces

By Steven Smith This training session will focus on the importance of maintaining possession of the ball in very restricted spaces. It is likely designed for more senior players who have strong technical ability but is designed to increase that ability under pressure with little time and space. Activity 1: Three Squares Setup: Taking risks and

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Hit the Lane

By Mike Smith This session focuses on passing accuracy first, movement second and combined vision and timing third. This is a great session to sharpen up passing accuracy while building into a 4 man combination attack. Lesson 1 Three Passing Stations Set Up Set up three stations as shown on the diagram. The bottom station is

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Possession focused on 1v1 duels

By David Johnson Objective This session will focus on passing and maintain possession.  The focus needs to be on proper weight and direction of the pass and the quality and creativity of the runs. Communication including calling for the ball and what areas are open such as calling “switch” are critical. Set Up In a

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Possession for Scoring Training Session One

By Steven Smith Possession of the ball is an essential element for game domination. However, in the modern game a team can possess the ball for long periods of time or a majority of the game and not be successful in winning the game. The team must be effective in their possession and it must result

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Creating Speed of Play and Support

By Anthony Hazelwood The following activity is a long intensive and non-directional possession exercise aimed to train the speediness of play on a mental, physical, technical, and tactical level. On a tactical level, coaching emphasis should be on ball circulation and player movement. Although players are initially placed in a particular formation (2-1-2 or 1-3-1),

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Building from the Back with Two Defensive Midfielders

By Alex Trukan With many teams choosing to build up from the back through the thirds, as well as playing with a midfield three, one of the important things to consider becomes the role of central midfielders. One of the options to choose from is to play with two defensive midfielders operating in front of

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