Anthony Latronica, Co-founder and Vice President of SoccerSpecific, reflects on his recent experience working at the 2017 NativeVision Sports and Lifeskills Camp. Don’t miss this great read!
This session aims to develop an understanding of the roles within small groups and how these smaller group roles carry over to the larger 11v11 game. Defensive principles are introduced and reinforced throughout the session. Session begins with small group 3v3+1 to illustrate and coach the principles of ‘Pressure / Cover / Balance’. These same principles are reinforced within the 6v6 and 8v7 activities. Session finishes with a 9v9 game.
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.
Mick McDermott brings us a session that aims to develop the ability and habit of ‘Quick Transitions in Front’. The platform to allow transitions in front comes from structured defensive organization; each player must know their defensive role – these same players must also know their role on gaining possession in order to create opportunities to attack.
Here are three variations of a fun rondo to try with your team. Find the balance between patiently establishing a rhythm of play in possession and being deliberate with explosive movements towards goal. Tweak the possession numbers or variations to fit your teams ability level!
This session aims to develop passing ability, awareness and understanding while maintaining possession. The session starts with an unopposed warm-up and progresses through a series of competitive activities; finishing with a small-sided game.
As a coach in the Premier League, the goalkeepers that Christophe Lollichon coaches play against some of the best players in the world. Their ability to read the game and adopt the appropriate techniques in 1V1 situations is imperative. Christophe shares his unique approach to denying goal scoring opportunities as demonstrated by some of the best goalkeepers in the modern game.
This article has been written using sections from the book “The Football Philosophy: In Shadows of Marcelo Bielsa” by Jed C. Davies and looks at a key idea of getting behind the opposition back four, taking the quote from Pepijn Lijnders above to explore ‘the right spaces to penetrate’.
Play and refine! Utilize these rondos and game related activities to teach your young players how to defend. Peel back the layers and challenge your players’ cognitive ability to recognize the appropriate moment to commit to winning the ball.