Drills and Exercises
Want to improve your players composure under pressure when finishing in and around the penalty box? Want your players to develop a relentless mentality taking defenders on in front of the goal? Want to give your GKs plenty of repetitions with reaction saves? This high intensity and competitive 1V1 finishing activity will have your players buzzing!
These activities develop ‘Decision-Making’ and ‘Awareness’ in restricted spaces and teaches the concept of ‘Orientation’ in order to find passing lanes to receive the ball. Orientation refers to a players ability to constantly scan, see and process the information around him in order to support a faster decision.
Breaking down an opponent that is organized and compact can prove difficult for many teams; it requires passing ability, dribbling ability, awareness, quick decision-making etc. On the reverse side; coaching players to remain organized and compact while defending is also crucial for success. The following activities / session develops both the attacking concepts as well as the defensive concepts of a 4-man midfield.
Here is an excellent large group training game recently choreographed by John van’t Schip at the inaugural TOVO coaching course last month in Sitges, Spain. Following an 8v8+2 position specific rondo and prior to an unrestricted 11v11, this 10v9+ Target game is perfect for training against a very compact opponent.
Here is an alternative look at a high paced finishing activity. Play is initiated with a penetrating ball to the center forward #9 and joined by wide players and a trailing midfielder coming on to the play. Plug in your personnel to customize your objectives and provide plenty of game related repetitions for your defenders and attackers.
These activities emphasize quick ball circulation and movement in order to move and disrupt the defensive block to create space to attack.
Thanks to Paul Riley and the rest of the staff at NWSL’s Carolina Courage, I was fortunate enough to see a training game that I had never seen before. It will be added to my training games library immediately as it ticks a number of necessary youth player development boxes.