Posts tagged ‘Passing’

Variations to Diamond Drills

This week’s Animated Drill Video looks at some different variation that you can use with your diamond passing drills. These are some of the variations that were suggested in the Coaching Soccer Weekly Podcast.

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 ways to train your players to attack quickly and take advantage of numbers up situations in the comments section below the video or on this page.

Have a great week!

Tom

Movement Without the Ball

This week’s Animated Drill Video I share an exercise and progressions to train your players HOW to move without the ball.

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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 move without 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

Training Awareness and Vision

This week’s Animated Drill Video describes a great environment that you can use with your players to train them to get their heads up and look around before receiving the ball. The more information they’re able to collect before the ball arrives the quicker they’ll be able to evaluate their choices and select the right one before they disappear.

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

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

Six Cone Passing

This week’s Animated Drill Video is of a passing exercise that is great for teaching the technical components of passing and receiving. It progresses to include receiving in one direction and then passing in another. The pattern is also more functional that just passing and back and forth.

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

Barca Passing Pattern

This is a passing exercise that has an almost endless number of possible progressions and variations. I also like it because the movements of one play rely on what their teammate does. This kind of awareness is so important to the game but is missing from many exercises.

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

Please share your ideas for patterns 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.

 

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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

3 v 1 Instead of 5 v 2

Most coaches I know use some variation of a 5 v 2 keep away game in a limited area. I’ve never liked 5 v 2 as a teaching tool because I have always felt that it was too static. Anson Dorrance did a great demonstration at our International Seminar a few years ago where he showed us the coaching points they use at UNC. One of the most important was to move closer to the player with the ball using an open body position. This makes the game more dynamic but still falls short of what I feel is a good teaching environment.

I prefer to use a 3 v 1 keep away game because it requires the players to move in order to provide a passing option on both sides of the ball. This requirement means that the players have to be more aware of space, pressure and support than in the more traditional 5 v 2. It also means that the player with the ball has to improvise if the support doesn’t arrive before the pressure. These aspects make the 3 v 1 game more game related than 5 v 2.

The 3 v 1 game can be too challenging for younger or less experienced players. When I run into this situation I will regress the practice to 4 v 1. When this is necessary I always make sure that the players understand that they are not to stand in the corners. They should be moving between the cones to provide support for the player with the ball. My other issue with keep away games is that they often don’t translate to the real game. Non-directional possession games in isolation will not teach the players how to possess the ball and then attack with it.

This is a game that I have used with teams as young as U10 and as old as U19. As the players progress technically and tactically you can add complexity that will teach them new concepts and require greater precision and speed. The basic rules are simple: The three attacking players in the first grid must make three passes before they can move into the middle grid. The player that dribbles out of the first grid is supported by another player. Their goal is to get the ball to the attacking player in the last grid as soon as possible. If the defender in the middle grid tries to stop the direct ball to the attacker, the dribbler passes to the supporting player who can then play to the attacker. Once the ball reaches the attacker, the dribbler and supporting player move into the final grid followed by the defender and the pattern begins again.

If one of the defenders wins the ball and can keep it in the grid then they move it to the middle grid and play 2 v 1 against the player who lost the ball. If the ball goes out of any one of the grids then the ball is returned to the attacking team and they try to complete three passes.

Once this becomes easy for the attackers then you can add a defender to the last grid so that the attacker has to work harder to receive the ball from the players as they move through the middle grid.

Do you have ideas of how this could be progressed further? Do you have a way to progress the traditional 5 v 2 game to make it more functional?

Have a great day!

Tom