NEW SESSION – POSSESSION – RECEIVING TO PLAY FORWARD

POSSESSION – RECEIVING TO PLAY FORWARD

Possession session by Tracey Kevins. Tracey has a UEFA ‘A’ License and currently works as a NextGenUSA consultant and is former England Womens youth team coach at u17 and u19 level.  You can Follow Tracey on twitter @TraceyKevins

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Possession - receiving to play forward -2

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NEW SESSION: COUNTER ATTACKING BY FULHAM FCs DAN THOMAS

Counter Attacking by Dan Thomas. Dan is UEFA ‘A’ License Coach who is full time at Fulham FCs Academy.

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NEW SESSION: PLAYING THRU MIDFIELD IN A 4-3-3 BY BRISTOL ROVERS’ JONATHAN HENDERSON

PLAYING THRU MIDFIELD IN A 4-3-3 BY BRISTOL ROVERS’ JONATHAN HENDERSON. JONATHAN IS THE HEAD OF COACHING AND ACADEMY MANAGER AT BRISTOL ROVERS. HE HAS UEFA ‘A’ LICENSE.

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YOU CAN FOLLOW JONATHAN ON TWITTER @jonnyhenderson

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SESSION:

OVERVIEWPT1-Playing through Midfield in a 4-3-3

ACTIVITY 1PT2-Playing through Midfield in a 4-3-3

ACTIVITY 2PT3-Playing through Midfield in a 4-3-3

ACTIVITY 3PT4-Playing through Midfield in a 4-3-3

NEW SESSION: MIDFIELD LINKING IN A 4-2-3-1 FORMATION BY PARTICK THISTLE’S SCOTT ALLISON

MIDFIELD LINKING IN A 4-2-3-1 BY SCOTT ALLISON

Scott Allison - partic Thistle

Scott is the Head of Coaching at the Partick Thistle Academy in Scotland.

You can follow Scott on twitter for more interesting posts on the game @scoallison

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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:

Multi Functional Session 1 Multi Functional Session 2 Multi Functional Session 3

Movement to create space to play Forward

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Movement to Create Space to Play Forward

Here is a session that works on players movement to create space to play forward. It works on vision, awareness and timing and understanding of movement and quick passing.

The last exercise can be used for a 3 in midfield or a Diamond 4 Midfield

Example: Barcelona’s Movement patterns in midfield.

Session:

M:ment pt 1 m:ment pt2 m:ment pt 3

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Guest Session by Jason Webber – Cardiff City FC Academy – Keeping the Ball under Pressure

 Jason Webber – Cardiff City Academy Coach

Jason Webber is a coach at Cardiff city FC Academy. He is the coach of the U14 team.

He has a UEFA ‘B’ License, and is pursuing the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Jason on Twitter: @WebberTJason

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Guest Session by Nigel Law – Glenavon FC N.Ireland Premier Lg – Switching the point of the Attack

Nigel Law – Glenavon FC

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

 

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Why the role of the Defensive midfielder in a 4-3-3 is so Important & the Comparison of Busquets & Song

Here is a diagram of the 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3) and its passing options. There are many teams that use this formation across the world. FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal just to name a few. Each team has a Defensive Midfielder which is vital for the team to function. In this case the Defensive Midfielder is the number 6.

The Role of the Defensive midfielder in a 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3) is vital. They are the catalyst of of the speed of the play either slow (retaining possession) or fast (to penetrate). Their awareness of pressure and to play out of tight spaces is vital to keep the ball to manipulate the play. Their range of passing needs to be excellent and their distance and angles of support are important. They need to have the ability to run with the ball to penetrate the play. They are the link between the back four and the 2 central (attacking) midfielders in front of them. To play the role effectively they need to technically efficient.

Here is a diagram of the defensive midfielders passing options in a 4-3-3:

Defensively the need to be able to read the game to break the opponent down. Forcing opposing players towards pressure are out of play is vital. There energy levels need to be managed effectively to produce this kind of pressure on opponents all game. The have to maintain their positioning and sacrifice themselves for the team. They need to be a leader and communicate throughout.

The physical attributes a Defensive Midfielder needs to have are:

1/ Very Athletic (quick over 5-20 yds)

2/ Strong –  Individual battles and To hold players off the ball to protect.

3/ Aerial ability – Powerful in the air

4/ Agile- To react to the game

Two of the best Defensive Midfielders: Sergio Busquets & Alex Song

Sergio Busquets is regarded as one of the spanish greats. His vision, technical ability, awareness is phenomenal however what Sergio does not have Alex Song Does. Alex Song is in my opinion has been very underrated for what he has done in the 3 years at Arsenal. His awareness, vision, technical ability is up their with the best.

To compare Busquets to Song technically Busquets would win however Song is not that far behind. What makes Alex Song stand out is his ability physically to dominate opponents. He is quick, agile, strong in the tackle, and can read the game. Busquets reads the game very well however he is not quick. Barcelona have lately struggled with pace at the back and in the Defensive Central Midfield Role against Madrid. Song could be that player. Song is good enough technically to be able to posses and penetrate the Barcelona style of play. Barcelona already have Xavi and Iniesta or fabregas to orchestrate the play and maybe they need that bit of physical dominance and speed to support the team defensively?

You cannot take away the brilliance of Busquets and his footballing mind though. He has been one of the main reasons behind Barcelona’s success. Maybe Song will be his cover when Busquets is injured but i believe Song has all the attributes to fill the position and maybe give Barca another option. Both players are versatile (and can play Central Defender) and can fit into Barcelona’s 4-3-3 style of play very easily. Alex song was a great purchase by Barcelona as i feel they need a little more pace when defending against teams like Madrid on the counter attack.

Thanks for reading, you can follow me on twitter: @JHarvCoach

Possession Exercisies

Here are some Possession Exercises working on Movement, Awareness, ball control, decision making:

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Conditioned Passing Games