This session develops the understanding and ability to break the opponents line. It begins with an unopposed passing activity to rehearse and repeat the player movements and options to create attacking opportunities. The session then builds to include opponents / defenders to create a more game-realistic environment.
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.
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.
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!
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!
These ‘Rondo’ variations are examples that you can use to develop quick ball circulation with transitions.
Inspired by the United States Paralympic National Team training camp and head coach Stuart Sharp. Here 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! Congratulations to the USPNT and Coach Sharp on being selected for the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Honorary All-America Award!
Passing, Ball Circulation, Buildup, Movement – whatever the terms you choose – are all vital components of maintaining possession. Teaching players to combine with each other in various situations is a key element of team play: can your players combine quickly to evade opponents, can they combine to create scoring chances in tight spaces, do they have an understanding of the how / when / why of successful combination play??