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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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 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.


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)


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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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.


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 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 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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Guest Session by Craig Clarke – Kilmarnock FC Academy

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Craig Clarke – Kilmarnock FC Academy (SPL)

Craig’s qualifications are all with the Scottish Football Association and he has the Advanced Children’s Licence and the Level Four on the Youth Pathway.

Craig Coaches the Kilmarnock Football Club U11s and oversee’s the U12s and down to the U9s.

you can follow Craig on twitter: @Coach_clarkie17


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Guest Session by Tony Begg – Hibernian FC Academy (SPL) – Close Range Finishing


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Tony Begg – Hibernian FC Academy

Tony Begg is a Coach at Hibernian FC Academy. He Coaches the U10 team at the club. He holds the Scottish FA Children’s Level 4 Award and the Youth Module Level 4 Award.


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Guest Session by Craig Harrington – LA Galaxy Academy – Switching the Play

Craig Harrington – LA Galaxy Academy

Craig is the Youth Director at LA Galaxy where he overseas all Academy teams at the LA Galaxy. He is also head coach of the U16 Academy Team.

He holds the USSF ‘A’ License


Movement to Finish

Movement to Finish

Here are some exercises for Movement to finish in front of goal on the counter. They create a rhythm and relationship with the Forwards and Midfields.


Guest Session by Tony Taylor – Burton Albion FC – Getting the Full Backs into the Attack

Tony Taylor – Burton Albion FC Academy Coach

Tony Taylor is a coach at Burton Albion FC Academy.

He has the UEFA ‘B’ License and is currently working towards the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Tony on twitter @Tad690

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Guest Session – Tony Mee, Head of Coaching Rotherham UTD Academy – FINISHING


Tony Mee is the Head Youth Academy Coaching at Rotherham UTD.

He is a FA licensed Tutor delivering the FA level 1 and Level 2. He has been at Rotherham UTD FC since 2002.

He holds the UEFA A License.

You can follow Tony on twitter: @coachtonymee