Pick of the Week
Over the first few weeks in the Premier League, numerous goalkeepers have employed the save with the feet to keep out close range reaction shots. If used correctly, the kick save can be a very effective technique. This session is a good way to introduce or refine the goalkeeper’s ability to save with the feet.
Players must learn to dominate in personal duels – in 1v1 as well as small groups (2v1 / 2v2 etc). In modern football (soccer) it is becoming increasingly more difficult for players to create chances to score due to highly organised defensive strategies. For this reason, it is important to develop players who can utilize their awareness, quick decision-making and ability with the ball in tight spaces to create scoring chances.
Remaining compact in various areas of the pitch is vital in order to prevent your opponent from finding space + time to play! The following session develops the ability to remain compact in central areas of the pitch.
This session develops two essential components of the game; (1) Patient and effective Buildup, (2) Fast Transitions to Attack on regaining possession. The session progresses from a passing warm-up activity to introduce the theme(s) of buildup + transitions from defence to attack; the session progresses to a Tactical 11v11 game.
In the 2017 Confederations Cup Semifinal match Mexico vs Germany, three out of the four goals conceded by Memo Ochoa were from similar scenarios. This session is to help improve the goalkeeper’s ability to effectively cover space in behind the back line.
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!
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!