Guest Session by Scott Hastings – Chelsea FC Foundation Coach – First Touch & Passing

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Scott Hastings – 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:

First Touch & Passing

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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 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 Lee Bennet – Bolton Wanderers FC – Small Sided Games (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4)

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Lee Bennet – Bolton Wanderers FC

International Soccer Schools & Academy Coach

Lee Bennet - Bolton

Lee Bennett works for Bolton Wanderers FC. He works for Botlons Wanderers FC Academy and for the International Soccer Schools program. He holds a UEFA B License and FA Youth Module 2.

You can Contact Lee on twitter: @leebennet_13

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Bolton Session 2

Bolton Session 3

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Guest Session by Teddy Chronopoulos – Chivas USA Academy – Breaking Defensive Lines with Penetration

Teddy Chronopoulos – Chivas USA (MLS)

Teddy Chronopoulos is the Academy Director at Chivas USA. Teddy played a number of games/years in the MLS and Greek Division one.

Teddy holds the USSF ‘A’ License.

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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 – Ben Trinder – Chelsea FC – Receiving and Turning

Ben Trinder – Chelsea FC Development centre

Ben has the FA Level 2, Youth Module 2. He has Attended Coerver youth diploma with Alf Galustian. Ben’s visited various pro club academies to observe coaches working with young players. He plan’s to do my Youth module 3 and UEFA B coaching courses in the near future. Ben works for Chelsea FC Development Centre working with players from 5 to 7 years old.

You can follow Ben on twitter @BenTrinder19

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Guest Session – Lee Johnson Ex Chelsea FC Academy – 1V1 Attacking in a Conditioned Game

Lee Johnson – 1v1 Attacking in a Conditioned Small Sided Game

Lee has been working for Chelsea FC coaching within their youth academy since 2006. He previously worked for Crystal Palace FC Academy working closely to develop the clubs youth development program. He holds a UEFA B Coaching Licence, FA Youth Modules 1,2,3 and is a registered Learning Tutor for the English Football Association. His philosophy is to create a learning environment that allows young players to play with creativity and imagination developing self-confidence and belief that they can achieve personal success. Recently Lee has been coaching for insidesoccer.

You can follow Lee on twitter @leejohnson80

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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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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:

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