These activities emphasize playing forward at the earliest opportunity – one and two-touch play is utilized at all times, body positions to receive in half-turned stance is coached, positive forward runs are encouraged. Goalkeepers take part as support players in each progression – the Goalkeepers must also be developed as integral parts of the team during buildup phases.
‘Intensive’: Reduced numbers of players / Restricted space. Possession games are used often to emphasize / break down / simplify the game into smaller components while still working on elements of the team (11v11) playing style. This is a collection of possession games utilizing small numbers of players/opponents.
Does your team have a designated line of confrontation? Does it depend on your opponent or your own system of play? Do you work enough on counter attacking, defending the counter, or countering the counter? Here is a simple set up to accomplish all mentioned components of the game. Adjust it to your system of play, player personnel, opponent on the weekend, or simply run the repetitions to build team cohesiveness.
The following activities emphasize attacking transitions from central areas of the pitch. The activities begin with players in their defensive roles; on winning possession various scenarios of attacking are introduced and developed. The main emphasis is on breaking forward to support the attack as fast as possible!
This is a very simple and effective way of breaking down the working relationships within your particular system of play. Weather your focus is building out of the back or pressing high with your #9 and #10 this is an effective set up to simplify things for your players!
These activities emphasize ‘Speed of Play’ – at the individual and team level. Within these games players need to make decisions and execute those decisions quickly due to pressure from opponents – this results in a higher tempo within the activity. As players increase their speed of play their bodies also adapt to this increased tempo; this results in a gradual increase in ‘Football Fitness’!
This session was executed by Clint Peay, Head Coach of the United States U-14 Boys National Team. It was his sixth and final camp with the 2003 birth year. In this particular session the emphasis was on not only creating width but exploiting it as well. Adapt for your own environment!