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Based on Soccer iQ a book written by Dan Blank
from Chapter 8 - "The Three Step Rule"
This is an advanced attacking game for developing the tactical concept of a "high to low" player combination. Recommended for skilled players with good passing abilities (U14 and older).
Shooting accurately under physical stress.
This is a 1v1 training game with goalkeepers. It can be played with 1 or 2 goals and between 8-24 players (with 16 players or more and you'll need to setup 2 goals). You can choose to focus your coaching tips on either attacking moves and beating the defender, defender body positioning and winning possession, or goalkeeper position and techniques.
As a coach don't you hate it when a player dribbles deep into the opponents penalty area, around the goal line, and then attempts shooting from a nearly impossible angle? I do, especially when there is a teammate waiting around the penalty spot, in the perfect position, with a clean line of sight on an open goal, but the ball is never passed back to them. This training exercise should help your attackers (and defenders) in this game situation.
Great exercise that combines several different skills: quick sprint to start, running onto and taking a stationary ball, passing and receiving, shooting and crashing the goal for rebounds.
This is a Stage II activity designed for the entire team to participate in including your goalkeeper. You will need one full sized goal and an area at least 30 x 40 yards and some cones to setup the exercise environment.
(Same activity as above just the diamond version)
This is a fun passing game that requires a perfectly weighed pass into a limited area in order to score.
This is a good technical exercise for keeping possession in tight spaces using ball control and quick short passes with a teammate.
Warm-Up Stage 1 of 4.
I like this warm-up because players get interactive touches on the ball at the beginning of practice. Spend 30 seconds passing then have the players perform a dynamic stretch move towards the center of the circle and then back out and continue passing.
Half field (80 x 50 yards). Layout 3 vertical lines of cones about 25 yards out from the goal line. Blue represents the back 4 (positions 2,3,4,5). Red attackers line up along either touch line. Full sized goal and 1 goalkeeper (optional). 6-12 soccer balls, and 8-12 players or more. Zonal defense in the top half track the attackers movement and pass-on responsibility.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
Improve the goalkeepers shot stopping and diving skills. Start with a goalkeepers warm-up, ball catching and throwing then transition into shooting from off the foot. Provide a variety of shot stopping activities from the ground up towards and over the head. Work on ball distribution using the hands and 3 different throwing techniques: (1) under arm bowl, (2) javelin throw, and (3) over arm bowl. Finish the session with a high paced close range 2 v 2 game where the goalkeepers will face a variety of different shots frequently during the game.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
20 x 20 yard area with 1 full sized goal. 3-4 soccer balls (more is better), goalkeeper gloves and 2-4 players.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
40 x 40 yard area with 2 full sized goals at each end. 2 goalkeepers and 6-12 field players who can shoot. Have as many soccer balls on hand as possible and make sure they are inflated and not under-inflated.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
30 x 30 yard area with 2 full sized goals. At least 6 soccer balls (more is better). 2 goalkeepers and 8-12 field players. Game is played 2 v 2 with 2 goalkeepers.Coaching Points/Key Concepts
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