Players must be coached to recognise numerical advantages in various areas of the pitch; creating these advantages can allow a team to maintain possession for longer periods. The following session develops an understanding of (1) recognizing the advantage (2) patience while in possession to create opportunities to play forward.
The following session was used by Mick McDermott of Al Nasr, Dubai, to progressively push the football fitness boundaries to a higher level while also developing a component of our playing style – playing quickly in front on regaining possession.
Developing the ability and understanding to attack at pace is crucial in international football; the following activities emphasize and teach the various movements + patterns that can lead to successful attempts on goal.
Damian Roden is currently Head of Sports Science at Stoke City F.C. of the English Premier League. His success at the highest levels has led him to be considered one of the top injury prevention fitness specialists in the Premier League and beyond.
Nikos Kolompourdas brings us this week’s Pro’s Pick aimed at developing the understanding and ability to play forward / vertically as soon as possible. The key elements of transition from Defending to Attacking at pace are also addressed.
Anthony Latronica, U-17 Men’s National Team Coach, gives us a comprehensive session with passing, possession, small-sided directional game and full-field patterns to goal.