Developing the Maverick

SoccerSpecific

A multitude of sessions focus on improving the tactical understanding of players in different areas of the field, but exercises that focus on developing the individual player in 1V1 situations are few and far between. Developing the Maverick focuses on improving the ability of players to attack in a number of different scenarios, improving their confidence, understanding and technical ability to become a game changer on the field.

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1.

Setup:

Focuses on developing the maverick playing as a #10 or #8/ #6. 2 stations set up as above (starting from left);

5 poles set up in a slalom style diagonally across from each other. Poles are 10 yards wide and deep from each other. Mini goals set up as above.

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Instructions:

  1. New progression on each set.  Player starts dribbling from the first pole and then will dribble diagonally to each pole and use a turn after each one. At the final pole, the player performs a skill and then plays a give and go with a coach before passing into one of the mini goals (shown in diagram on the left).
  2. Now, players dribble to the pole and performs a skill before they reach it to ‘beat the defender’. After the third pole, there are mini cones set up which the player needs to dribble around (smaller touches) before moving to the next pole. At the end, the player who attacked previously becomes a defender in a 1 v 1 situation (to one of the two goals).
  3. Same as first exercise, race to 10 goals.

Coaching Points:

  • Small touch dribbles- take Messi like touches to move in between each cone and attempt to change direction every 1-2 touches
  • Sell the skill; use body feints to sell it and be explosive when dribbling out of the poles
  • Use the correct foot when dribbling out from the defender- right foot when dribbling towards the right and left foot when dribbling towards the left

2.

Setup:

Focuses on developing the maverick playing as a #7, #11 or #2/ #3.

Players set up into 2 lines (1 on the right side, 2 on the left side). Players attack two times on the one side, then defend on that side (2 sets each). Then, the groups will switch lines and attack/defend on the opposite side.

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Instructions:

    1. The attacker takes a touch forward while the defender shadows and attempts to stop attacker from scoring (interception). The defender cannot step across the line (stays in defensive area). After each set, attackers and defenders switch roles.

Progression 1 – the attacker must now enter the defensive area when they wish and can be tackled at this point.

Coaching Points:

  • Evading the defender- use body feints and footwork to create space for a pass into one of the goals
  • Explode into the space after a turn or skill; take advantage of the space created

3.

Setup:

Focuses on developing the maverick playing as a #9, #10 or #7/ #11.

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Instructions:

Player A initiates play with touch of ball while player B checks to the ball, Checking shoulder, performs a turn and dribbles with speed through gate uncontested introducing various types of turns. Various Turns include Inside cut, outside cut, stepover, flick, dummy, negative touch and face.

Progression 1: into going 1v1 at the awaiting defender who shadows.

Progression 2: Defender starts directly behind the player performing the turn. Must check to the ball, checking shoulder and turn past the defender who is on their back.

Progression 3: Let the defender vary their positioning so the player must determine what type of turn to perform.

Coaching Points:

  • Pre movement to check away and then towards before receiving
  • Ability to check shoulder and make the right decision (progression 3) depending on defenders position
  • Technical quality to perform different types of turn depending on the weight and accuracy of the pass
  • Tactical understanding of the type of turn to use depending on defenders position

4.

Setup:

Developing the Maverick small sided games. Multiple 4 v 4 fields set up with big goals or small goals depending on goalkeepers available. Field set up with 3 zones marked off by cones (1, 2 and 3).

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Instructions:

4 v 4 games. Focus on multiple 1 v 1 situations:

Game 1: a player must receive in Zone 2 and beat a player from that zone before the team scores (shown in A)- focus on attacking defender at an angle.

2. A player must receive the ball in Zone 3 (back to defender) before scoring- focus on attacking with back to goal.

3. A player must receive the ball outside the playing area in a wide area before scoring- focus on attacking wide the defender at the side.

Coaching Points:

  • 1 v 1 ability in multiple scenarios
  • Encourage bravery and creativity on the ball

5.

Setup:

Developing the Maverick small sided games. Multiple 4 v 4 fields set up with big goals or small goals depending on goalkeepers available. Field set up with 3 zones marked off by cones (1, 2 and 3).

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Instructions:

4 v 4 games. Focus on multiple 1 v 1 situations;

Game 1: a player must receive in Zone 2 and beat a player from that zone before the team scores (shown in A)- focus on attacking defender at an angle.

2. A player must receive the ball in Zone 3 (back to the goal) before scoring- focus on attacking with back to goal.

3. A player must receive the ball outside the playing area in a wide area before scoring- focus on attacking wide the defender at the side.

Coaching Points:

  • 1 v 1 ability in multiple scenarios
  • Encourage bravery and creativity on the ball

6.

Setup:

Developing the Maverick small sided games. Multiple 4 v 4 fields set up with big goals or small goals depending on goalkeepers available. Field set up with 3 zones marked off by cones (1, 2 and 3).

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Instructions:

4 v 4 games. Focus on multiple 1 v 1 situations;

Game 1: a player must receive in Zone 2 and beat a player from that zone before the team scores (shown in A)- focus on attacking defender at an angle.

2.  A player must receive the ball in Zone 3 (back to the goal) before scoring- focus on attacking with back to goal.

3.  A player must receive the ball outside the playing area in a wide area and beat a defender before scoring- focus on attacking wide the defender at the side.

Coaching Points:

  • 1 v 1 ability in multiple scenarios
  • Encourage bravery and creativity on the ball