Guest Session by Jake Heracleous – Brentford FC Academy – Transition

Jake Heracleous – Brentford FC Academy

Jake is a UEFA B License Coach. He previously has worked for Arsenal FC Academy for many years. He now works at Brentford FC Academy working with players of all ages. Jake also is a scout for Brentford FC.

You can follow Jake on twitter: @jheracleouseie

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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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Transition Games

Transition Games and Video

Here are some Transition (Attacking to Defending / Defending to Attacking) Games. A Coach can work on Either topic or both. I use these games a lot for Defensive Principles.

Transition games are great as they are very Game related. Soccer/Football is all about Transitions.

“The most important moment in the game today is when the ball is won or lost.” – Gérard Houllier

Here is a great video on Transition by Barcelona (below) When Defending they call it the “6 second rule”. They have to get the ball back in 6 seconds (high pressing). If they don’t get the ball they retreat and get their defensive shape.