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Activity of the Week

7V7 Modrić & Rakitić | SoccerSpecific
Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

Inspired by Croatia’s journey to the WC Final and in particular by the play of their midfielders Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić, here is a simple 7V7 training game that will encourage your players to join into the attack from deeper positions.

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Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

Cavani’s winning goal for Uruguay over Portugal in the round of 16 was a 3V3 to goal with a trailing defender. Clinical execution, clinical finish under pressure on the worlds biggest stage. Try the following activity with your players and reference Cavani and Uruguay.

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Possession Games | SoccerSpecific
Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

This is a great selection of games utilizing various numbers – 5v5, 5v3, 6v6+1, 5v5 etc. Each activity has a different theme; Defending, Pressing, Buildup centrally, Counter-Pressing…

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4V4 Penetrate | SoccerSpecific
Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

Here is a nice twist on a possession activity that encourages attacking space on the dribble, breaking lines and switching the point of attack. Could be adapted slightly and utilized as a warm-up activity.

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Quick Decision-Making | SoccerSpecific
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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.

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Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

Make a seamless transition from a this passing activity to unopposed movements from the midfielders and ending with a 6V2 rondo.

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Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

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.

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Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

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.

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Activity of the WeekDrills and Exercises

These activities emphasize quick ball circulation and movement in order to move and disrupt the defensive block to create space to attack.

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Activity of the WeekBlogDrills and Exercises

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.

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