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

Session:

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

Guest Session – Dan Thomas Fulham FC Academy – FWD Movement in a 4-3-3

DAN THOMAS

Dan is the coach at the Fulham FC Academy U14. He holds a UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Dan on twitter: @danthomas1958

The session is designed on a ‘whole-part-whole’ type method with a game to start, before breaking it down to specifics in a technical passing practice which progresses into a skill practice before returning to the game.

Here is a session on Forward movement in a 4-3-3 (4-2-3-1) formation:

Q&A with Alfred Galustian – Co Founder of Coerver Coaching

ALFRED GALUSTIAN – CO FOUNDER OF COERVER COACHING

Alfred is Co Founder of Coerver Coaching and widely regarded as one of the World’s Top Skills Coaches. Over the past 30 years, has worked as a Technical Coaches Instructor at:

 The French, English, Japanese, Australian Football Federations and top clubs including Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Newcastle United,Manchester City, Real Madrid  and Arsenal.

 

Alfred was the Skills Specialist advisor to the Premier League during the 2010/11 Season

You can follow Alfred on twitter: @coerveralf

Questions…

Why is Coerver coaching so important for youth academies/clubs?

Coerver has for over 30 years, been a pioneer in Skills Teaching. Professional clubs are always looking for ‘special players” players who can make a difference in the game; Coerver has a curriculum and a method that can teach this “special player quality.

Its been tried and tested with many of top clubs around the world  Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Man City & United, Arsenal and many more.

2/ Why are small sided games so important for youth development?

Ultimately skills have got to be used effectively in games. When we started 30 years ago, I must admit most of our focus was on mastering skills through repetition. Coerver has evolved thru the years, and now our curriculum and method, places a lot of emphasis on conversion of skills in games. We have a step by step way of teaching, and basically all these steps end with players being able to use the cores skills ( first touch/passing/1 v 1) effectively under game pressure. Our new Session planner,which is very helpful for coaches of all levels, includes a Small sided games segment. In fact it’s 35% of our total session plan. The benefits of small sided games are well know. The are some conditions that Coerver uses in small sided games that makes some of our work different, but that is in the conditioned part of such games. We mostly believe that small sided games should be mainly free from coaching, and that the player is the sole decision maker in such contests.
 
3/ What are the benefits for players of when using coerver coaching exercises?
We have a curriculum and method of teaching that we feel can improve players of any level.The beauty of the curriculum is that there is a way to adapt each drill and game to fit the level/age of the player.
Our main focus is to improve individual player skills, we believe this is the foundation that all other parts of the game can be built on.
Our drills and games are also designed to improve speed and decision making.
 
4/ How important is a curriculum for youth coaching?
Whatever the curriculum, I feel that’s the starting point for any youth coach. I always suggest that coaches should teach a curriculum that represents their approach & philosophy of coaching. If You really believe something you can teach it passionately.
Our Curriculum “The Coerver Pyramid of Player development”evolved over 30 years. Firstly inspired by the great Wiel Coerver,then devised by Charlie Cooke and myself.
Each year Charlie and I do coaches courses ,where we generally cover our curriculum and method of teaching. I certainly think Coerver is different from other approaches/curriculums its better I leave others to judge, but having worked in over 23 countries, I have seen first hand that Coerver has changed how coaches have taught the game globally.

5/ what is your philosophy as a coach?

I believe Skill is the foundation that you can build all the other important parts of the game.
I believe that hard work and practice are essential for both teacher and pupil
I believe that the player should be the sole deciding maker once the game starts
I believe that any curriculum should improve the person a swell as the football player
 

6/ What is the future for Coerver Coaching?

Coerver is now in 26 countries with vides and book in 13 languages. We want to continue growing and have an influence on the way the game is taught and played.

We have been in USA for more than 30 years,Charlie Cooke, the cofounder of Coerver, has done a fantastic job establishing Coerver all over the USA.
In Japan, we have established over 100 schools,all staffed by  coaches that we have trained in the Coerver System. Over the past 20 years over 300 boys have gone to the professional clubs from these schools
In Europe the Coerver influence,especially in the pro clubs and federations, is significant, so overall Charlie and I see Coerver growing in popularity and really changing the way the game is taught.

Here is Alf working with Manchester city academy coaches in a Coerver workshop:

Coaches for Coerver games and drills – go now to www.soccersessionplanner.com 

LIVERPOOL 1 Vs 2 MANCHESTER UNITED ANALYSIS

Premier League Analysis

Liverpool Vs Manchester United Analysis: ‘Liverpool Crying out for striker or was it typical UTD’

A liverpool Vs Manchester United derby has always created an interesting game and this game was just that. Liverpool however dominated the game for long periods creating more chances than Manchester United throughout.

Line Ups:

1st Half:

Both teams had chances but it was Liverpool that had more. Young Raheem Sterling is a shining light in the liverpool side, full of confidence wanting to run at players and combining with Suarez well. This happened a few times in the first half as he caused Evra Problems. Suarez’s movement is always a handful as he checks short and peels into space behind defenders always looking to make runs in behind from passes from wide or from Gerrard. He is an intelligent player that creates so much with his movement creating space for himself or others.

The Sending Off…..Liverpool down to 10 men

It was a bad mistake by JonJo Shelvey to lunge in on Jonny Evans as he had a ‘rush of blood to the head’. Yes the ball was there to be one but he didn’t need to lunge in but he merely just needed to stay on his feet. Yes both went with both feet but Shelvey’s dramatic lunge got him sent off. Right decision!

2nd Half

Liverpools Goal…

Liverpool goal was a piece of great overlapping movement from Johnson and Suso but also Bad defending from Manchester United. Johnson and Suso worked it well down the left and play a ball into the box. To get the cross in Scholes made it very easy for Suso by diving in (typical Scholes challenge). As Suso was driving at Scholes, Gerrard was driving into the box with Carrick Tracking his run. The ball was deflected into the box into Gerrard after Johnson’s run. As this was happening Carrick pushes up and leaves Gerrard with to much space and time to finish. Carrick went to early and should have denied Gerrad the space. Because he pushes up he is now the wrong side and consequently watches Gerrard chest and volley into the bottom right hand corner.

Manchester UTD’s 1st Goal….

Just before the goal Scholes came on for United. His Defensively ability is his weakness but his passing and his ability to dictate the play is his major strong point. Scholes gets on the ball and starts to distribute. He plays it wide to Rafael who runs into the attacking third. Sisou makes it easy for him to cut inside and draw a defender. Sisou should have stood his ground and made it difficult for him to penetrate. Rafael immediately gets pressed and plays to Valencia who delivers a great ball in. As Rafael plays wide he does not get tracked and is allowed to run into the box and receive the knock down by Kagawa. Rafael’s finish was excellent and was a shock to Liverpool’s GK Reina.


Manchester UTD’S 2nd Goal…

The goal was caused by Liverpool giving the ball away in a dangerous area in the field with a sloppy square ball across the pitch. The weight and accuracy of the pass wasn’t good enough and was intercepted by the speedy Valencia. This allowed Valencia lots of space to break into on the counter and hurt Liverpool with a number’s up (3v2) situation. The desperate Johnson who was in the collision when Valencia stole the ball came in a tried to make a challenge from behind. Valenci went down pretty easy and the Referee pointed to the spot. Johnson didn’t need to make the challenge as it seemed valencia had ran out of ideas and space but it was too late for Johnson. Robin Van Persie consequently stepped up to take the penalty and scored.


10 men Liverpool still created chances and pushed for an equalizer but it was to be.

Rogers is yet to spark liverpool with that cutting edge, as chances are created but they still lack the goals. With a 4-3-3 system it is clear Liverpool will always create chances and possibly dominate possession with the likes of Joe Allen providing the distribution (Stat 57 complete passes out of 65) however it seems the way Liverpool play it is Suarez that is the player producing the movement and assists rather than the finish. For me it shows they are crying out a ‘Natural’ goalscorer. It was typical UTD winning a game that really this time they didn’t deserve. However they have mastered the art of the counter attack and have been doing it for years in the Premier League. They score against the run of play with their pace and when Liverpool got sloppy they capitalized.

Liverpool deserved more even with 10 men for long periods but Man UTD took all 3 points.