Issue 128 – Sam Allardyce

Welcome to the March 2021 issue of Elite Soccer, the magazine that prides itself in offering inventive coaching solutions and career development tips.

We kick off this issue with a Premier League session used this season by Sam Allardyce at West Brom. It’s a session designed to improve a team’s threat when counter-attacking and it’s all about gaining an advantage on the transition by promoting a positive attitude from the players when winning the ball back.

We also have a session from the EFL Championship that has been written especially for us by QPR manager Mark Warburton and it focuses on defending the penalty area from crossed deliveries. It will give your players plenty of opportunities to make first contact with the incoming ball.

Darrell Clarke is the newly appointed manager of Port Vale and he has shared a session he has used in League Two this season. It helps prepare teams to face opponents that line up in a 4-3-1-2 formation with a midfield diamond and its focus is on switches of play into wide areas to create overloads.

Also dealing with switching play is Ipswich Town youth development coach Steve Foley, who has written a session to encourage players to exploit space with overloads and speed.

Closing the issue is a session from Aaron Callaghan, which will help teams to play out from the back and encourages ball movement and possession play within a team’s offensive organisation.

I hope you find that this month’s sessions will help your coaching. We will return next month with five more inspirational training sessions.