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Recovery Runner

Recovery Runner will force them to manage the ball as well as the lurking forward behind them. Plenty of reps for both your forwards and your defenders in this fast paced 2V1 and 3V2 activity!

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Back Four Functional Defending

Back Four Functional Defending is a great activity to economically train your eight defenders and work on the different principles of defending. This simple but demanding game will enable your players to learn how and when to apply pressure to the ball, force them to stay connected laterally as well as vertically, teach them to cut off passing lanes, and through communication, develop a cohesive working relationship.

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L.A. Rectangle Passing Sequence

The following is a three-progression, tight-space passing activity that can be used for day before a game, day of travel or regeneration day training. It was observed by SoccerSpecific Staff at an LA Galaxy full team training session.

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2V1 / 2V2 to Goal

Do you use the goal as a reference point when teaching your players how to defend? Are your forwards useful when working with their back to goal? How do we…

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7v7 Plus 3 Possession

If you prefer to play out of a 4-3-3 formation and you want your focus to be on the three central midfielders, then try this 7V7+3 possession activity. This simple…

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6V6 Interchange

6V6 Interchange is a fast-paced, transitional and continuous action possession activity that focuses on your players ability to maintain possession, improve passing accuracy, improve mobility and movement off the ball, combination play, and decide when to penetrate or when to possess.

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Eliminating the Defender

Here is a high intensity session that focuses on different ways of eliminating the opponent as efficiently as possible. Plenty of 1V1, 2V1, 3V3 and 4V3 scenarios. This is great for attacking in small spaces as well as learning how to defend in an overload situation. Enjoy!

Barcelona Finishing

Barcelona Finishing was observed by SoccerSpecific Staff in Barcelona while watching the FC Barcelona youth teams train at their training facility.

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Rondo Playmaker

This 30 minute progression will give all your players the opportunity to become a #10!

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Wide Area Rondo

Wide Area Rondo is a great functional 8V8 position specific activity to goal with an emphasis on attacking out of wide areas. Adjust the system of play to fit your teams style of play and personnel. Challenge your players by increasing the difficulty of the wide area rondo. Breakdown a compact opponent by finding ways to combine to get in behind with the #9, #10, and overlapping outside backs, #2 and #3.

Mannequin Challenge!

Try this low intensity activity that focuses on the accuracy of your GK’s distribution. Perfect for the day before a match, as part of a regeneration session or use it every week and have some fun with our youth GKs. Your GKs will love the chance to compete and keep score.

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Dinamo Zagreb Passing

This passing activity was observed by SoccerSpecific Staff in Zagreb while watching the Dinamo Zagreb youth teams train at their training facility. This activity will be especially effective in the U10-U14 age group, but can be used at higher levels as well.