Issue 123 – Ryan Giggs

Welcome to the latest issue of Elite Soccer. Football continues to go through tough times but there’s no reason for coaches to forego their development, so this month we bring you another five soccer sessions, tried and tested on the training ground.

We are pleased to welcome Ryan Giggs back to the magazine. Currently the manager of Wales, he has shared one of his favourite sessions. It’s built around a fast-paced passing game and it will help players react to the loss of possession so they can stop their opponents scoring. It also works on the team’s ability to win the ball and then get a quick shot off.

We’re also delighted to welcome Scottish football legend Walter Smith to the pages of Elite Soccer. The former Rangers and Scotland manager has shared a session that is all about the movement that strikers make when attacking a cross. Aware that defenders take up specific positions when the ball goes to wider areas, his session is all about trying to move them to create the space that strikers can capitalise on.

The manager of League Two side Newport County, Michael Flynn has penned a series of activities that focus on a team’s defensive stability when playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation against possession-based teams. It also helps players to understand when and how to break out quickly from a turnover of possession.

Scarborough Athletic manager, Darren Kelly, has come up with a multi-directional session designed to work on a team’s use of space and it encourages switches of play when in possession of the ball.

On an attacking theme, former Bristol Rovers and Luton Town manager, Paul Buckle, believes that a team is at its most dangerous when players can make a forward pass to a forward-running team mate and his session creates these types of situations time and time again.

I hope you find that this month’s soccer sessions will help inspire your coaching. We will return next month with five brand new training plans.