Guest Session by John Lawson – Celtic FC Academy – Switching the point of Attack

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John Lawson – Celtic FC Academy

John Lawson is the Celtic U12 Academy Coach & Development Centre Manager U6-U10. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Coaching, SFA Level 5 Advanced Children’s License, SFA Level 5 Advanced Youth License, SAQ Preliminary Award Level 1, SFA Physical Preparation Youth & Children’s Certificates, and he has Enrolled on UEFA B Licence Course 2013. He has coached for the last 12 years both in the USA & in Scotland at recreational, college, boys club and elite level. Coached for the last 7 years at Academy level with Hamilton Academical Fc, Heart of Midlothian Fc and now at Celtic Football Club.

You can follow John on twitter: @weejock21

Session:

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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

Session:

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Guest Session by Kevin Sims – Manchester City Ladies FC – Developing Possession and movement in a midfield 3.

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Kevin Sims – Machester City Ladies FC

Kevin is the Assistant Manager at Manchester City Ladies FC. He holds the UEFA B License and the FA Youth Modules 1,2 and 3.

you can follow Kevin on twitter: @footykev

Session: Man City LFC - Developing possession & movement of a midfield three -

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Guest Session by Scott Hastings – Works at Chelsea FC- Possession Orientated SSG’s

Scott Hastings – Works at Chelsea FC

Scott is a Chelsea FC – Foundation Coach. He has the FA level 1 & 2, Futsal level 1 and a BA (Hons) in Football Studies.

You can follow Scott on twitter: @Scotty_Hastings

Session:

Challange them with 30 seconds challanges that they will perform at a high tempo (eg right foot, left foot, both feet, sole of the foot, toe taps, turns and skills)

Diagram shows half inside and half out, this could be a variation, so once you have done your 30 second challange, swap with a player on the outside.

Similar set up (include gates)

– Have players pair up and pass amongst each other (Give kids freedom, let them play)

– After freedom introduce challanges (pass through as many gates as you can in a time limit)

– Keep challanges varied and always keep the tempo high!

Same square

– Split players into four teams of three players, and put them in a zone.

– Give each player a number, and tell the players to pass and move in their area (unopposed)

– When the coach shouts a number, have the player run clockwise into the next area to try and win the ball

– Very simply, first player to win the ball gets a point.

Progression to Small Sided Games (SSG)

 

 Set Up

– Two teams in each half

– Number of balls with the coach ready to feed in

– Area size depends on number of players

(NOTE: Diagram didnt allow me to expand area so that is the reason theres no depth)

– Coach feeds the ball into either side

– Opposite team sends one player to close the ball down.

– Massive overload (6v1) to begin with which is unrealistic, however creates alot of success

Coaching Tips:

Coach team to make the area as big as possible

– More defenders come in, encourage attacking team to get between depends to link play

– If you have an odd amount of players, let him be “magic man” and play for both teams.

Set Up

– 1v1 in the final thirds, and a 4v4 in the middle area

– Vary area size (again diagram wouldnt allow me to expand)

– Give the players a lot of freedom

– Allow them to work out how to get it into their target

– Make sure you rotate the players roles

– Could add progressions such as make five passes then try and get to target man etc

Coaching Tips:

The target isnt static, he should be moving in relation to the balls position to help support his team (see red target)

– Remind players to always find new positions and dont be afraid to “start again”.

Set Up

– 4v4 inside the square

– Four neutral targets outside the area

– No goalkeepers

– When a team has the ball, essentially it is 8v4 if you include the targets.

– Set a condition of one touch finish

– Give players freedom

– Target men can be static/passive

– Progress to allow targets to switch the ball

Coaching Points:

– Remind players to create new spaces

– Use targets to keep possession

– Dont be afraid to start again

 

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Guest Session by Oscar Fernandez – Ex Valencia C.F Reserve Team Head Coach – Attacking Situations

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Oscar Fernandez – Ex Valencia CF

Oscar Fernandez worked as Valencia CF for many years working with Valencia CF youth teams and the Reserve team. He now works at Aspire Academy in Qatar. He has also done work for insidesoccer.com

Oscar has his UEFA A License. Check out his website: http://www.oscarfernandezentrador.com

You can follow oscar on twitter: @o_fer21

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Guest Session by Scott Allison – St Mirren (SPL) – Developing an Attacking Style of Play.

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Scott Allison  – St Mirren (SPL) Academy

Scott Allison is a professional youth coach currently at Scottish Premier League side St Mirren FC.   He currently holds the UEFA B Licence, SFA Advanced Youth Licence (Level 5) and SFA Advanced Children’s Licence (Level 5).

Scott has previous experience at Glasgow Rangers FC, Livingston FC and Partick Thistle FC and has worked with every elite youth age group from U19 to U11.  He is also a former Scottish FA Senior Football Development Officer/ Coach Education Tutor and last played professionally in the Scottish 3rd Division with East Stirlingshire FC.   Scott believes in developing attractive, attacking, effective football and studies the traditional Dutch and Spanish styles of play.

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Guest Session by Justin Neese – Houston Dynamo – ‘Being a Creative Dribbler’

Justin Neese – Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Justin Neese is the Assistant Manager, Soccer Programs at the Houston Dynamo.

He holds the USSF ‘A’ License.

You can follow Justin on Twitter: @jcneese15

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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

Session:

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.

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Guest Session by Liam Bramley – Newcastle United FC Academy – Creative Attacking Passes

Liam Bramley – Newcastle United FC Academy

Liam Bramley is the Head coach for the Newcastle United FC Academy U16s team. He is a UEFA ‘A’ License Coach. He also heads up the Youth Development phase at the club.

Session – Creative Attacking Passes: