Archive for the ‘Drills/Exercises’ Category.

Competitive Shooting Pattern

This week’s Animated Drill Video shows a fast paced and functional shooting competition that puts your players in situations that they will face in the game. The competitive aspect puts pressure on the players to perform.

The diagram is being created with the session planner on Planet Training that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for variations of this exercise in the comments section below the video or on this page.

Have a great week!

Tom

Training Creative Goalscorers

This week’s Animated Drill Video looks at a great environment for training goalscoring because there are so many different variations and progressions you can use.

The diagram is being created with the session planner on Planet Training that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for variations of this exercise in the comments section below the video or on this page.

Have a great week!

Tom

Running with the Ball

This week’s Animated Drill Video shares a great environment for working on an often neglected skill, running with the ball. The same set-up can be used for the warm-up, technical practice, small-sided game and expanded small-sided game.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions or variations to train your players to run with the ball in the comments section below the video or on this page.

Have a great week!

Tom

Switching Play Small-Sided Game

This week’s Animated Drill Video highlights a great small-sided game environment that you can use for a complete training session. The session focuses on switching the point of attack to open space away from pressure.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions or variations to train your players switch the point of attack in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Teaching Players to Turn with the Ball

This week’s Animated Drill Video features an exercise and progressions to teach your players to turn with the ball both without and with pressure.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions or variations to train your players to turn with the ball in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Different Ways to Play 5 v 2

This week’s Animated Drill Video looks at the 5 v 2 possession game that most coaches around the world to train many different aspects of the game. This video describes alternative ways to structure the game to bring out specific qualities in your players.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for variations on the traditional 5 v 2 game in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Passing by the Numbers

This week’s Animated Drill Video is of a passing pattern that can be used for a number of purposes. It’s a great technical passing exercise, it’s perfect for teaching some of the passing connections in a 4-3-3 and it can be a fitness exercises as well.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions and variations in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Fitness Training Indoors

The indoor season provides a change of pace and focus that I think is good for player development but you don’t want to completely lose the base of fitness that was built during the outdoor season. The challenge is that you have a limited amount of space to work with when you’re training indoor. We use a school gym, and a small one at that. I look for exercises that mimic the movement patterns of the game while using space as economically as possible.

 

The warm-up below is from Dave Tenney Continue reading ‘Fitness Training Indoors’ »

Dribbling and Passing Indoors

During the winter I like to focus on ball possession and combination play. The game of Futsal puts a high value on these skills and working on them often will not only make the team more successful indoor but also carry over to the outdoor game in the spring.

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One of my favorite exercises to work on protecting the ball is a game where each team is in their own half of an area. One player from each team acts as a defender and enters the other team’s area and tries to kick player’s ball out of bounds. The team that keeps at least one ball in their area the longest wins that round. We play until each player has had a chance to defend.

The most basic way to play this game is as an individual possession game where each player tries to shield their ball and avoid the defender for as long as possible. As a progression, you can allow the players who lose the ball to stay in the area and support the other players who still have a ball. This way the game moves from individual possession to a game of keep away.

Passing and moving to create options is important in soccer in general but especially in a game with only four players on each team. We spend a number of sessions each winter on learning how and when to execute give-and-goes.

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This simple exercise provides a great teaching environment for all of the key factors that contribute to a successful combination play.

Player A passes to Player B who then dribbles toward Player A. When Player A approaches, Player B passes to Player C and runs to the other side to receive the ball back with one touch. Player B then passes to Player D. The players all rotate positions so that Player A takes Player B’s starting position, Player B moves to the Wall Passer’s position (Player C) and Player C moves behind Player D.

Coaching Points

  • Player B must dribble at Player A to commit him
  • Player C moves along a line to create a passing angle for Player B
  • Player A acts as a passive defender; staying in front of Player B but not trying to win the ball

As the players improve and show their understanding I ask them to increase the speed of play and allow the ‘defender’ to try and win the ball from the dribbler to make the exercise more realistic.

There are many other games and exercises that we use throughout the season but shielding and the ability to understand and perform a well-timed give-and-go are so vital to Futsal that we return to these two often.

Are there exercises that you return to often during the indoor season to focus on certain skills that you feel are important?

Have a great day!

Tom

How to Start Your Shooting Sessions

One of the perks of being apart of WORLD CLASS COACHING is that I have access to a large library of training sessions from some of the top professional, collegiate, and youth coaches. We have published books and videos on every aspect and topic of coaching.

I often refer to our videos especially for new ways to approach topics to keep my coaching fresh and interesting to the players I work with. I think we’re all probably guilty of using the same few drills or exercises for a specific technique over and over. This can be a good thing because it allows us to focus on teaching the game rather than having to spend a lot of time teaching the drill. But changing things up on occasion can breath new life into a stale session and Continue reading ‘How to Start Your Shooting Sessions’ »