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Match preparation

by Terry Butcher in Formations and Tactics

This is the kind of training session I run with my teams in the build up to a match. It helps to rehearse the formation and shape we are going to use and it also introduces the shape and tactics that we expect our opponents to employ. Tactics are not always set in stone and... MORE

Running in behind

by Alex McLeish in Formations and Tactics

Use this exercise to practise simple movements that are related to improving a player’s awareness of space, developing game intelligence, and encouraging players to understand when, and how, to make runs in behind the defence. MORE

Breaking lines

by Anthony Williams in Formations and Tactics

Help your players understand the importance of using the correct weight and angle of pass. The timing of off the ball runs is an important feature of this session and it should also develop an awareness of how to receive a pass.  MORE

High press

by Edu Rubio in Formations and Tactics

Pressing high gives your team the chance to regain possession as soon as possible. This session will help both individual roles and team movement when pressing opponents in their own half of the pitch, starting from their defensive third. MORE

Back three tactics

by Antonio Conte in Defending, Formations and Tactics

Give players the opportunity to defend the box as a three, and move the ball forward, either by playing through the midfielders, passing out to the wingbacks, or playing the ball directly to the forwards through the channels either side of the midfield. MORE


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