Issue 121 – Slaven Bilic

Welcome to the August 2020 issue of Elite Soccer, the magazine that tries to bring you the best coaching knowledge for the training ground each month. As football struggles to get back to some sense of normality, Elite Soccer plans to be there for you on every step of the journey.

We kick off this issue with a session from Slaven Bilic, a much admired coach who has just led West Bromwich Albion to promotion to the Premier League. He has shared a series of activities that will get players into the habit of reacting quickly after losing possession of the ball in order to prevent the opposition developing an attack.

Former Manchester City and England U21 manager, Stuart Pearce, has come up with a session that will enable coaches to work on the shape of a team while attacking from the middle third of the pitch.

Meanwhile, Morecambe boss Derek Adams has penned a training blueprint for teams to use when they are due to be playing against opponents who set up in a 3-5-2 formation. It shows teams how to isolate the outside centre backs and switch the play, while overloading on the sides of the pitch.

We also have a training session from Melanie Reay, currently the manager of Sunderland Ladies. The objective of her session is to get the whole team to buy in to an aggressive press to win possession of the ball as soon as possible.

As ever, Elite Soccer likes to showcase the talents of the brightest coaches working in academy football, and this month is no exception as we share a session by Tom McStravick, who is currently working at Leeds United, coaching within the youth development phase. His session is focused on building an attack from the back and breaking through a high press.

I hope you find that this month’s sessions will satisfy your coaching needs. We will return next month with five more training plans to help improve your players.