NEW SESSION: DEVELOPING MIDFIELD ATTACKING OPTIONS BY ABERDEEN FC’s GAVIN LEVEY

DEVELOPING MIDFIELD ATTACKING OPTIONS BY GAVIN LEVEY

Gavin Levey

Aberdeen Football Club’s Head of Junior Academy, Gavin Levey presents a session that aims to introduce and develop midfield attacking options for the 4-3-3 formation.  This can be adapted for any age group who are playing 11-a-side and is built up to finish with a conditioned game, which is tailored to suit the theme of the session.  Gavin, who has been influential in the design of the academy’s coaching curriculum and philosophy regularly shares additional coaching content and thoughts on his twitter page @GavLevey

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Part 1

Gavin Levey (sample session) ? Developing Midfield Attacking Options

Part 2

Gavin Levey (sample session)  Developing Midfield Attacking Options

Guest Session by Steve Beattie – Dundee UTD Academy – Movement with the ball

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Steve Beattie – Dundee United Academy

Steve has the children level 4 and youth level 4 (now uefa C) and is working on the UEFA B  License. He has coached for over 10 years, pro youth for over 4 years, working for Dundee FC, Raith Rovers and now Dundee United (2 years).

You can follow him on twitter: @DUFC_Coach

Session:

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Guest Session by Mark Mcluckie – Dundee Utd – Goalkeeping

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Mark Mcluckie – Dundee Utd (SPL)

Mark is a academy GK coach at Dundee Utd FC of the Scottish Premier League. He is responsible for the coaching and development of goalkeepers from U10 to U17 level.  Previously held a similar position with Falkirk FC.  Goalkeeping coach for the Scottish FA working with the Scotland U15 squad.  He’s also selected goalkeepers for the Scottish FA’s Performance School program and Regional Performance squad.  He will also be a goalkeeping Coach Education Tutor in 2013.  Mark holds the Scottish FA Goalkeeping ‘Advanced’ Licence and Youth Award (now ‘C’ Licence).

You can follow Mark on twitter: @mark_m_81

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 Scott Allison, St Mirren, Building from the back 4-3-3 v 4-4-2

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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.

Scott has already done a session for YTPSoccer. Check out his first session:

Developing an attacking style of play

You can follow Scott on twitter: @scoallison

Session:

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Guest Session by Mark Farrell – Motherwell FC Academy – Control Ex’s and Conditioned games

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Mark Farrell – Motherwell FC (SPL)

Mark works for the motherwell FC Academy. He coaches the U11 team. He has the Scottish FA Level 4 basic license for coach children and youth players. He is currently doing my UEFA  B license and Scottish FA advanced children’s license.

You can follow Mark on twitter: @markfarell89

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Activity 1

Explanation: Players dribble around the area looking for space. Players are asked to perform a variety of techniques, skills & turns.

Coaching Points:

  • Encourage the players to play with their heads up attack the space
  • Checking shoulders before making a turn or move
  • Encourage “trial & error” – allow the players to make mistakes while trying new moves.

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Activity 2

Explanation: Players are numbered 1-4. Coach will call a number and the players called must leave their pitch and complete a SAQ movement before joining the opposite game.

Coaching Points:

  • Let players play
  • Allow them to have fun
  • Coach the SAQ technique

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Activity 3

Explanation: Ball starts in one box and is passed from box to box with players following their pass. Player must control the ball using the inside of the foot.

Progression/Coaching Points:

  • Control the ball in the direction you want to go.
  • Player must control the ball inside/outside the box.
  • Pass will dictate weather players can take ball on back foot or have to control the ball across the body
  • Following player must put pressure on the ball by trying to tag the receive

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Explanation: Players in the middle play and attempt to play the ball to one of the zone men.

Players in the zone must control the ball in the zone and play to one of team mates.

 Progression: Players play the same game but this time when a zone player receives the ball they are allowed to dribble the ball out of the box and can join in with their team.

A member from the opposite team has to occupy that zone that has been freed up. This will create an over load in the middle (6v4/7v5).

Team in possession aim is to have all the zones filled with the opponent’s team then keep possession for a number of minutes.

Coaching Points:

  • Player in the zone controls the ball outside of the zone and joins in with team.
  • Control the ball through the gates
  • Player who passes ball follows ball and they become the end zone player.
  • Minimize touches of the players forcing them to take 2 or more

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Explanation: Wide players have three touches when the ball is played into channel. Defending team cannot enter the channels. Players in channels must stay in the channel.

Progression/Coaching Points:

  • Look to open up the play and use wide players to penetrate further up the field.
  • Wide player’s first touch should be to move high up the pitch.. ( Within playing distance)
  • Wide players asses all options ( cut back- across the face)
  • Defending players can entre the channel
  • Play 6v6 in the middle and one player can enter the channel

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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 Willie McNab – Celtic FC Academy – Defending

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Willie McNab – Celtic FC Academy

Willie McNab is an Academy Coach and Youth Development officer at Celtic FC. Wille holds the UEFA ‘B’ License. You can follow willie on twitter: @williemcnab

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