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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.

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Diamond Passing

Diamond Passing will help you focus on passing and receiving technique, movements and timing of runs, creating separation from defender (cones) by checking away before receiving each pass, playing away from the mannequin, change of pace, speed of play, and game awareness.Try these fast paced passing variations in tight spaces with your team!

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Passing in 18 Finish on Goal

This week’s activity is fast paced and fun with plenty of repetition that is great for the goalkeepers as well as the field players. It’s an excellent combination of passing and finishing that is great for all ages! Try it out with your team and let us know what you think!

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Screening Defenders

This is a defending session that primarily focuses on cutting off passing lanes, denying penetrating passes and playing through lines quickly. Tweak it to fit the personnel and framework of your team!

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Breaking Enemy Lines

Breaking Enemy Lines take the players’ low level of fitness into account while maintaining social distancing rules. During the session, players focus on the core concepts of the technical and tactical elements of the game, using individual ball mastery skills and the ability to break lines through different types of passes to build soccer specific fitness in a methodical way.

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Anthony Latronica – Way of Champions Podcast

Listen to this great conversation between John O’Sullivan from the Way of Champions Podcast and our Co-founder, Anthony Latronica.  Hear Anthony’s unique and valuable perspective on player development from youth to…

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Mick McDermott Podcast

Listen to this new Just Kickin’ It Podcast from Mick McDermott, international football coach and SoccerSpecific Co-founder!

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Challenging Players To Take Individual Responsibility For The Ball

Scott Daiutolo is a coach with West-Mont United Soccer Association in southeastern Pennsylvania, a four-time National Champion with Radnor United’s men’s adult soccer team, played Division I college soccer at…

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Pitches

The vast majority of players & coaches just accept any surface that is relatively flat, stone/dirt free and flat. We just accept a pitch for what it is – a playing surface to facilitate a game, come rain or come shine, mud, snow and sometimes ice. Former Director of Soccer Development for the Maryland State Soccer Association, Graham Ramsay, shares his thoughts.