Guest Session by Neil Winskill- Newcastle United FC Academy – Crossing and Finishing

Neil Winskill – Newcastle United FC Academy

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This is Neil’s second session for youthtoprosoccer.com. To see his first session please     Click Here. It is a session on the role of the ‘modern day’ defensive midfielder.

This session is designed from watching Robin Van Persie scoring goals from crosses at Manchester United.

You can follow Neil on twitter @NeilWinskill

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Defensive Midfield Player (#4) - profile NEIL WINSKILL

Finishing from Crosses Overview (RVP) - Neil Winskill

Finishing from Crosses Session (RVP) - Neil Winskill

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Guest Session by Jim Curtin – Philadelphia Union Academy – Positive (Forward) Passing

Jim Curtin – Philadelphia Union (MLS)

Jim Curtin is a former MLS veteran, he is now the  Philadelphia Union assistant coach and Union U18 academy coach. Jim holds the USSF ‘A’ License.

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Guest Session by Teddy Chronopoulos – Chivas USA Academy – Breaking Defensive Lines with Penetration

Teddy Chronopoulos – Chivas USA (MLS)

Teddy Chronopoulos is the Academy Director at Chivas USA. Teddy played a number of games/years in the MLS and Greek Division one.

Teddy holds the USSF ‘A’ License.

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Guest Session – Ben Trinder – Chelsea FC – Receiving and Turning

Ben Trinder – Chelsea FC Development centre

Ben has the FA Level 2, Youth Module 2. He has Attended Coerver youth diploma with Alf Galustian. Ben’s visited various pro club academies to observe coaches working with young players. He plan’s to do my Youth module 3 and UEFA B coaching courses in the near future. Ben works for Chelsea FC Development Centre working with players from 5 to 7 years old.

You can follow Ben on twitter @BenTrinder19

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Guest Session – Lee Johnson Ex Chelsea FC Academy – 1V1 Attacking in a Conditioned Game

Lee Johnson – 1v1 Attacking in a Conditioned Small Sided Game

Lee has been working for Chelsea FC coaching within their youth academy since 2006. He previously worked for Crystal Palace FC Academy working closely to develop the clubs youth development program. He holds a UEFA B Coaching Licence, FA Youth Modules 1,2,3 and is a registered Learning Tutor for the English Football Association. His philosophy is to create a learning environment that allows young players to play with creativity and imagination developing self-confidence and belief that they can achieve personal success. Recently Lee has been coaching for insidesoccer.

You can follow Lee on twitter @leejohnson80

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Defending to Counter – U8-U11 Players

Defending to Counter

Here are some sessions designed for the basic principles of defending and awareness to counter as an individual/team. The sessions are geared to improve concentration from players at all times. Full pressure situations and awareness to find space to counter and speed. It is important to make the sessions competitive. For example: give players points from scoring goals on the counter.

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Defending from the front – 4-3-3 versus a flat 4-4-2

Defending from the front in 4-3-3 versus a flat 4-4-2

Here is a session and examples of how teams should defend tactically from the front versus a flat 4-4-2 when playing in a 4-3-3. Defending is a numbers game. When playing a 4-3-3 you have more numbers in midfield and it when pressing high its important that the forwards work hard to force them inside. Here is a session to train defenders showing inside and not allowing the opposition to use the width to exploit space.

Key Words: Press, Curve your run, Delay, Show inside, Cover, Support. Ball side Goal side, Stay connected.

Players should be looking for the Visual Q’s when to react.

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Guest Session by Andy Cook – Arsenal Ladies U17 Centre of Excellence Coach – Counter Attacking

Andy Cook – Arsenal Ladies Centre of Excellence

Andy has a multi-faceted role overseeing the Centre of Excellence Under-17s, managing the reserves and working with Laura Harvey (First Team Manager) in the Elite Education Programme.

His responsibilities also include player recruitment and scouting for the youth section

Andy has the UEFA ‘B’ License and is pursuing the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Andy on twitter: @Andycook87

Session – Counter Attacking

Phase of Play: Transition in Attack – Regaining Possession – Counter attack and end product (Any thing under 6 passes or as long as opposition does not have equal numbers in and around the ball)

Main Principle: Forward Passes

Sub-Principles

  1. Change Attitude – Open the options and pass forward
  2. Score as soon possible – take advantage opponents lack of organisation
  3. If it is not possible to play forward we retain possession and build up pressure – links back to offensive organisation (Over 6 passes)

Guest session by Ryan Hall – Tottenham Hotspurs Academy – 1v1 2v1 2vGK Penetration thru Possession

1v1 2v1 2vGK Penetration thru Possession

Ryan Hall – Tottenham Hotspurs Academy

Ryan Hall is a coach at Tottenham Hotspurs Academy working with the younger players. He has his UEFA ‘B’ License and the FA Youth Module Level 2. he is pursuing the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow him on twitter: @RyanAHall

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Session aims: To penetrate opposition lines in possession of the ball.

Guest session by Marc Garnett – Playing out the back options – 4-3-3

MARC GARNETT

Marc Garnett has experience of working with Academies across England (Liverpool, Blackburn and Manchester City) and is currently working for David Campbell Soccer. He is a UEFA ‘B’ coach pursuing his UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Marc on twitter: @marcgarnett

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PLAYING OUT OF THE BACK – 4 OPTIONS

Formation- Team working with (GK-4-2-1) and going to Gates.
Opposing team (1-4-2) going to goal.
Structured start- Attacking team striker looks to play a through ball into the path of the second striker.

Goal Keeper collects the ball and we see a transition from defence to attack (attacking team play high & wide)