Guest Session by Gary Curneen – Author of ‘The Modern Soccer Coach’

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GARY CURNEEN….

Session: Attacking versus Defense in a 5v3

This multi-functional exercise works on a combination of passing patterns which develops into an attack versus defense scenario. Speed of play is a huge factor both in and out of possession, so this should drive the tempo to be as high as possible.  Attacking pattern play does not challenge players to work under pressure so too often becomes unrealistic to the demands of the game. If you want your team to develop attacking habits, you must train under challenging conditions, which this should provide.

The exercise works on improving your players in the following four dimensions:

Physical – Attacking team is challenged to get into the final 3rd at speed, defending team must make recovery runs and organize quickly. Fitness and fatigue will become key factors as the exercise progresses.

Technical – Players have to move the ball at speed unopposed for the first part and then play against opposition for the second part so technique under pressure is always a key component.

Tactical – Each player on the field is challenged to perform tasks specific to their position and the exercise mirrors a tactical scenarios that appear in the game.

Mental – There are a number of decision making variables present for both attacking and defending players.

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Gary’s new book ‘The Modern Soccer Coach 2014’ looks further into this modern age of coaching. What sets the greatest coaches apart in today’s game and how to create a culture of excellence within a programme are considered. Filled with practical no-nonsense explanations, focused players drills and more than thirty illustrated templates, ‘The Modern Soccer Coach 2014’ will help you create team performances that work match after match. It is available on Amazon worldwide:

Garys blog: http://www.garycurneen.com

Follow Gary on twitter @GaryCurneen

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FREE YTPS SESSION AND MATCH PLANNER’S

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Session & Match Planner –  “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail”

I have created a FREE, and easy to use Session and Match Planner. Not everyone has the a tablet with the new coaching software on it so i created a basic Session Planner. It is easy to use with different phases as you build your session.

Personally throughout matches/games i like making notes. So i also created a Match Planner for coaches who like taking notes whilst coaching in games. It is a great way to relay information back to players after analyzing the game

Click on the picture below do download the FREE Session and Match Planner:

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Scouting Report by Austin McPhee, St Mirren – Hibernian Vs Celtic

SCOUTING REPORT

Here is a look at the professional scouting report done by Austin McPhee who works for St Mirren. Austin also owns AM Sports Tours, which is one of the leading soccer/football tour companies. check it out at http://www.amsportstours.com

Here is the detailed Scouting Report. Click on the image belowScouting Report

Guest Session by Louis Lancaster – Portsmouth FC Academy – Finishing

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Louis Lancaster – Portsmouth FC Academy

Louis is currently at Portsmouth FC Academy U18′s. He is working towards the Elite Coaching License (Level5). He has the UEFA A License and Age appropriate Modules 1 & 2 and Unit specific awards.

You can follow Louis on twitter: @LouisLancs

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Guest Session by David Aznor Chicharro – Athletico Madrid (2007-2011) – Possession

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David Aznor Chicharro – A. Madrid 2007-2011/ Spanish FA

David Aznor Chicharro is UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach in Spain. He has worked for Real Madrid, Athletico Madrid and the Spanish FA. He also runs a coaching Magazine in spain. check it out on: http://www.abfutbol.es/

Session:

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YOUTH TO PRO SOCCER 4-3-3 Booklet – Sessions and Exercises

4-3-3 Booklet – Sessions and Exercises

Youth To Pro Soccer (YTPS) is solely about sharing information for Coaches at all levels, if its grassroots or professionals. I have put together a 4-3-3 Booklet of sessions and exercises for Coaches to Download for FREE. All Sessions have been made by Academy Soccer Coach (ASC) coaching Software, which is the best on the market!

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Thanks, Jamie Harvey, Creator of  youthtoprosocccer.com you can follow me on twitter: @Jharvcoach

Please download the 4-3-3 booklet below:

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Reference: Dan Rufner, AK ODP- roles and responsibilities in the 4-3-3.

 

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Guest Session by Rob Gale – Canadian U18s Head Coach – Midfield Movement

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Rob Gale – U18 Canada Head Coach

Robert Gale is the Head Coach of the U18 Canada Mens Team. He also is the assistant of the U17 Mens team. He has the Canadian and USSF A license and is completing the UEFA A License this summer.

Session:

Six midfielders inside center circle- divided up into four ten by ten yard squares. Players pair up – one player takes lead and begins moving inside circle- other player reads movement and rule is they cannot be in same half of the circle as their partner. (take turns as lead)

Progressions:

One player has the ball he dribbles inside circle- partner moves without the ball but still cannot be in same half as partner. All Runs must be in shape of 7 (check mark). Players then move ball between them and combine whilst still making runs and being in opposite sides of the circle –both horizontally and vertically.

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Progression:

Central midfield three work inside center circle with 4 10x 10 divisions, each occupying a different quarter each. Players rotate off each other trying to maintain good distances and angles of support for each other. After  a couple of passes with rotation ahead of the ball- little set back pass for deep midfield who hits first time raking ball to flanks- aiming for 20 yard triangle set up on line. 

Wide player takes ball out of the air and on the run and delivers cross into area. Midfield three then get another ball and try and work both flanks as appropriate to play.

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 Coaching Points:Movement of players should be sharp and read off each other tempo in passing combinations. 

Set back ball needs to be weighted to allow for first time switch ball. 

Wide player should be anticipating driven ball wide and take ball out of the air and in their stride and hit realistic cross on the run.

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Midfield rotation – playing out from back

3 players at each end about 50 yards apart. And 3v3 in the middle 30×30 yard square. Players try and rotate in the midfield and switch play from one side to the other- back 3 at each end rotate ball around and look to play forward when movement dictates the pass.

Coaching Points

·         Establish the shape of the midfield three early

·         Encourage mobility to get player on the ball

·         Look for split runs between midfield partners- across back shoulder of defenders

·         Establish appropriate space between passing player and receiving midfield player

·         Receive half turned and look to play forward – take a picture before you receive (head on a swivel)

·         Look for combination play and early outlet pass

·         Back 3 should look for the forward pass down the channel and change point of attack on the angle

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10 v10. (30mins) ½ FIELD – Speed of play – Ball movement and shapeCoaching Points

·         Recap on themes from previous sessions. Focus on ability to play out from back through midfield quickly and simply.

·         Full backs disperse early and hips facing forward- 1st touch forward

·         Midfielder’s ability to play with head on a swivel, look forward, think forward and play forward.

·         Wide players can they get shape early and go at players 1v1.

·         Can strikers play on a pendulum- show and show again.

·         Timing and movement of attacking runs.

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Guest Session Nigel Law – Glenavon FC, N.Ireland Premier League – Multi Functional Session

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Nigel Law – Glenavon FC, N.Ireland Premier League

Nigel Law , 27 years old and first team coach at Glenavon FC in the Northern Irish Premier League, a position he has held since December 2011.

Nigel holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence and is one of the youngest people to coach at first team level.

You can follow Nigel on twitter @Nige32

Session:

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Guest Session by Scott Hastings – Chelsea FC Foundation Coach – First Touch & Passing

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Scott Hastings – Chelsea FC

Scott is a Chelsea FC – Foundation Coach. He has the FA level 1 & 2, Futsal level 1 and a BA (Hons) in Football Studies.

You can follow Scott on twitter: @Scotty_Hastings

Session:

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Guest Session by Louis Lancaster – Portsmouth FC Academy – Playing through Midfield in a 4-3-3

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Louis Lancaster – Portsmouth FC Academy

Louis is currently at Portsmouth FC Academy U18’s. He is working towards the Elite Coaching License (Level5). He has the UEFA A License and Age appropriate Modules 1 & 2 and Unit specific awards.

You can follow Louis on twitter: @LouisLancs

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