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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Transition Exercises

Transition Exercises

Here are some Transition exercises that i have created. Transition is a huge part of the game as games are won and lost in transition.

“Transitions have become crucial. When the opponent is organised defensively, it is very difficult to score. The moment the opponent loses the ball can be the time to exploit the opportunity of someone being out of position. Similarly when we lose the ball we must react immediately. In training I sometimes practice keeping a minimum of five players behind the ball, so that when we lose it we can still keep a good defensive shape. The players must learn to read the game – when to press and when to return to their defensive positions. Everybody says that set plays win most games, but I think it is more about transitions.” 

Jose Mourinho

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Here are some 4v4 SSG that allow players to problem solve. Each game gives players a different objective. Players must be able to think the games through to be successful. The games encourage communication, movement, awareness decision making and most importantly makes players both attack and defend (transition).

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