Defending session by Willie McNab. Willie has a UEFA ‘A’ License and is a full time academy staff coach at Celtic Football Club in Scotland.
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DEVELOPING MIDFIELD ATTACKING OPTIONS BY GAVIN LEVEY
Aberdeen Football Club’s Head of Junior Academy, Gavin Levey presents a session that aims to introduce and develop midfield attacking options for the 4-3-3 formation. This can be adapted for any age group who are playing 11-a-side and is built up to finish with a conditioned game, which is tailored to suit the theme of the session. Gavin, who has been influential in the design of the academy’s coaching curriculum and philosophy regularly shares additional coaching content and thoughts on his twitter page @GavLevey
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COMBINATION PLAY BY CRAIG HARRINGTON
Craig Harrington is the Technical Director of Football in Turks and Caicos.
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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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