Guest Session by Gary Curneen – Author of ‘The Modern Soccer Coach’

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GARY CURNEEN….

Session: Attacking versus Defense in a 5v3

This multi-functional exercise works on a combination of passing patterns which develops into an attack versus defense scenario. Speed of play is a huge factor both in and out of possession, so this should drive the tempo to be as high as possible.  Attacking pattern play does not challenge players to work under pressure so too often becomes unrealistic to the demands of the game. If you want your team to develop attacking habits, you must train under challenging conditions, which this should provide.

The exercise works on improving your players in the following four dimensions:

Physical – Attacking team is challenged to get into the final 3rd at speed, defending team must make recovery runs and organize quickly. Fitness and fatigue will become key factors as the exercise progresses.

Technical – Players have to move the ball at speed unopposed for the first part and then play against opposition for the second part so technique under pressure is always a key component.

Tactical – Each player on the field is challenged to perform tasks specific to their position and the exercise mirrors a tactical scenarios that appear in the game.

Mental – There are a number of decision making variables present for both attacking and defending players.

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Gary’s new book ‘The Modern Soccer Coach 2014’ looks further into this modern age of coaching. What sets the greatest coaches apart in today’s game and how to create a culture of excellence within a programme are considered. Filled with practical no-nonsense explanations, focused players drills and more than thirty illustrated templates, ‘The Modern Soccer Coach 2014’ will help you create team performances that work match after match. It is available on Amazon worldwide:

Garys blog: http://www.garycurneen.com

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FREE YTPS SESSION AND MATCH PLANNER’S

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Session & Match Planner –  “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail”

I have created a FREE, and easy to use Session and Match Planner. Not everyone has the a tablet with the new coaching software on it so i created a basic Session Planner. It is easy to use with different phases as you build your session.

Personally throughout matches/games i like making notes. So i also created a Match Planner for coaches who like taking notes whilst coaching in games. It is a great way to relay information back to players after analyzing the game

Click on the picture below do download the FREE Session and Match Planner:

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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

Session:

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 Tony Begg – Hibernian FC Academy (SPL) – Close Range Finishing

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Tony Begg – Hibernian FC Academy

Tony Begg is a Coach at Hibernian FC Academy. He Coaches the U10 team at the club. He holds the Scottish FA Children’s Level 4 Award and the Youth Module Level 4 Award.

Session:

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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

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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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Guest Session by Simon Cooper – Manchester City FC Academy – Speed of Play

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Simon Cooper – Manchester City FC Academy

Simon is the Performance Coach for the elite U15/16 Squad at the Academy. He holds the UEFA B License. You can follow him on twitter: @spirittobelieve

Session:

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Guest Session by Dan Thomas – Fulham FC Academy – Runs off the ball

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Dan Thomas – Fulham FC Academy

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

This is Dan’s second session for YTP Soccer. Here is a link to his first session (highlighted): Session 1 4-3-3 Forward Movement

You can follow Dan on twitter: @danthomas1958

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Guest Session by Ben Bartlet The FA – Building Attacks

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Ben Bartlet – The FA

Ben works for The English Football Association as a Regional Coach Development Manager, a role in which he supports the development of coaches working at a range of levels. Ben holds the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow ben on twitter: @BenBarts

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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 Dave Bailey – Midfield Movement – Bolton Wanderers FC

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Dave Bailey – Bolton Wanderers FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave is the International Soccer School Manager for Bolton Wanderers FC

He has the UEFA A License

You can follow Dave on twitter: @dave_bailey13

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